Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dinosaur Bones are the best bones.

"Sue," the Tyranosaurus rex skeleton, is one of the most famous exhibits at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History
"Sue", Chicago Field Museum
From early excavations of large bones in England by Rev. Wm. Buckland and Dr. Gideom Mantell, begun in 1820s, to contemporary discoveries world-wide, dinosaurs have remained a fascination for people then and now.  My family are among those who gaze at gloriously articulated dinosaurs at museums in absolute awe.

When "Jurassic Park" was released in the early 1990s, dinosaur obsessed people were ecstatic.  When #2 sequel came along? Not so much.  #3 was better. Then there was "Jurassic World" which we have watched three times, and are up to another viewing.

Real joy is now seen in our 3 1/2 year old grandson, Benjamin.  His collection of accurate dinosaurs is enviable, and he KNOWS scientific nomenclature.

In Bern, Switzerland, where Benjamin and his parents--Richard and our daughter Mary--reside, life-sized dinosaurs have been relocated from a remodeled museum to family parks throughout the city.

Amazement and joy shown below:

Is this real?


It's bigger than ...

It's pooping on me, Mummy!

A good day to be parents

Joy captured.

Other dinosaurs are scattered through the city in neighborhood parks.  I can only assume that dinosaur hunting will be another day trip for Benjamin (and his parents.)


Benjamin "getting down" with my own personal collection of vegan dinosaurs


37 comments:

  1. Good stuff indeed, and learning about animals and their extinction -especially dinosaurs is enviable. Nice photos!

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    1. Benjamin raced back and forth, around and around. Mary said he fell asleep on the way home.

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  2. I think they left a lot of fertilizer behind... er, did I say behind? :D

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    1. That is a good question. Would poop fossilize?

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  3. haha now that would be fun for any kid to see and the big kids too

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  4. My twin nephews are dinosaur mad. All four Jurassic Park movies play on a continuous loop to keep them entertained. (They'll be 3 at the end of the month.)

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    1. A great birthday gift would be a set of those authentic toy dinosaurs!

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  5. My grandchildren went through the dinosaur phase and went on. It was fun while it lasted, being lectured by a knee high professor of dinosaurs.

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    1. Knee high professor in deed! His face was probably serious and intent. God bless the children!

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  6. As a kid, I would've been so excited to visit that park!

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    1. Even as an adult now, I would be excited to visit it! Just wish Benjamin's voice had been recorded!

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  7. What an amazing day - for everyone.

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    1. It was! Wish we could have been there!!

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  8. Dinosaurs are fascinating, my own grandson had a collection and knew everything about them. I like seeing Benjamin here and the delight on his face with the full size dinosaurs is wonderful to see. Sadly, my own home has no dinosaurs now.

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    1. My vegan dinos you see are ones I bought after learning of benjamin's obsession. My dinos talked to his, using my voice. Go out an buy some dinos for your self!

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  9. "He's pooping on me, Mummy!" I can easily hear a 3 year old boy saying that! What fun to live in a city of dinosaurs at your disposal.

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  10. Yes - there is nothing better than life size dinosaur models and articulated skeletons in museums for all children (and us adults) too look at in awe and wonder :) Loved today's post, Susan you brought back lots of very happy memories!
    Pempi
    A Stormy’s Sidekick
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    1. There is almost nothing as delightful as seeing the look of wonder when children see the skeletons for the first time!

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  11. These pics are so cute! It's obvious Benjamin is in heaven.
    I loved the first Jurassic Park sooo much! I've never tired of it. The second one was such a letdown I never saw the others. Will have to remedy that I guess.

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    1. You will find the 3rd better, and Jurassic World awesome!

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  12. This is adorable!! I went through a dinosaur phase when I was little, and even now they still amaze me! I knew all the names, all the locations of where their bones were found, and my favorite movies were documentaries about dinosaurs. Jurassic World is an awesome movie too! Sounds like I need to take a trip to Switzerland…lovely post! :)

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    1. My grandson Benjamin would be a perfect tour guide.

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  13. You reminded me of how much my almost 18 yr old grandson knew everything about dinosaurs!

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    1. Strange how those marvelous scientific terms are so easy for a child to remember!

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  14. You reminded me of how much my almost 18 yr old grandson knew everything about dinosaurs!

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  15. Oh I love this post! I've been in love with dinosaurs since I was a little girl. Jurassic Park is STILL one of my favorite movies, and I'd go CRAZY if I could see those life-sized sculptures in Switzerland. They aren't just for kids, are they? I'll be 39 this year and they are still as awe inspiring to me as they were when I was 9!

    Cheers!
    Jen
    Jen Chandler was Here

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    1. Then, go! Also, Chicago Field Museum has some great displays.

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  16. These creatures are amazing, I can't get over how big they are!

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  17. Susan, your grandson is absolutely adorable! My boys also liked dinosaurs, and my older son loved the video The Land Before Time. Once my mom was watching it with him and she said the female dinosaur was ugly. Then my little three year old replied, "She's not ugly, she's nice, Nana! " Enjoy your adorable Benjamin at this wonderful age!

    Julie

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    1. Three year olds are a fount of information, entertainment, and entertainment.

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  18. I'm a dinosaur these days.

    When I was a child interest in dinosaurs wasn't as popular as it is now and in the past few decades. I think it's wonderful today's generations are learning more about them.

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    1. There are sooo many documentaries about discovering dinosaur bones, cartoons with dinosaur characters (Dino Train). With my gr-kids, I get to enjoy it all.

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  19. I like to see the life-sized dinosaur displays too. Seeing the little one underneath it really gives size perspective!! Glad he had a great time. :)

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    1. He ran himself absolutely ragged. Had to be carried to the car, fell asleep when the engine started.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!