What’s Hot? Dinosaurs or Platypus?
I don’t think anyone will be shocked to hear that dinosaurs are hot right now. Actually dinosaurs have never left our collective consciousness. But they have heated up in a big way with the advent of the new movie, “Jurassic World.” Kids, boys especially have always been fascinated with the prehistoric creatures. And let’s face it, having kids is the worlds best excuse to unearth all of your childhood obsessions. A new movie was just the catalyst to introduce dinosaurs to a new generation of super-fans.
I don’t remember being super into dinosaurs as a kid. Perhaps that’s because when we were assigned a dinosaur to research in third-grade I got the duck-billed platypus. I’m sure I was chagrined to have a mammal weighing less than ten pounds, when all the other kids had giant scaly T-Rex or Brontosaurus (that’s what we called them back then.)
I doubt I gave proper consideration to the fascinating platypus. I mean here is one of only two egg-laying mammals for gosh sakes. And what an assortment of parts it has. A bill like a duck, webbed-feet, a fat-storing tail like a beaver, and did I mention it’s venomous? It’s one of the few mammals that produces venom which is delivered by the male through spurs in his back feet. On top of that, it uses electrolocation to locate its prey. Sensors on its bill pick up the electric impulses sent out by muscle contractions of shrimp and fish. Then the platypus hones in on its next meal.
But why did I have this animal in the first place when everyone else had dinosaurs you ask. Because the fossil records for platypus date back 112 million years to the time of dinosaurs. If I had been a little more with it in the third-grade I would have realized what a cool animal I had, but I think I was envious of Kathy A’s Triceratops or Aaron B’s Stegosaurus. Now, however, when asked what my favorite dinosaur is I say without hesitation “the duck-billed platypus.”
What is your favorite dinosaur?