Preparing for Palaeontology?
February 23, 2014

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D: I’m going to read EVERYTHING there is about dinosaurs – if it says anything about ‘dinosaurs’ I’m going to read it!
Me: Do you want to be a Palaeontologist?
D: What’s that?
Me: Someone who finds out all about dinosaurs and prehistoric times.
D: Yes! That’s what I want to be! I want to be a Palaeontologist. Can you book me onto a lesson PLEEEASE mum? Can you find some training for kids to be Palaeontologists and if it’s not too much money can you book me on? I REALLY want to do that.
Me: I’ll look into it…
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Poster by Chart Media, purchased at Stony Stratford Library

So far, we’ve visited the Natural History Museum (last Oct), D has excavated 6 dinos from a block of plaster, helped a T-Rex to fly and watched the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs series twice over. He’s now deeply into some library books on the subject.

…Anyone know of any low cost, local Kid’s Palaeontology sessions?!

Walking with dinosaurs
February 2, 2014

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D: It’s epic! I LOVE dinosaurs!
Me: Why’s that?
D: Because you get meat-eating ones; plant-eating ones: big ones; small ones; sea ones; land ones; air ones; slow ones; quick ones…
Me: That’s called ‘diversity’.
D: Yes. I wish that they were still alive… But only the kind and gentle plant-eating ones. Like the diplodocus.
Me: Why, what would you do if they were still alive?
D: I’d look at them and I’d stop them from fighting other dinosaurs, even if they weren’t meat eaters, because they’re meant to be kind and gentle.
Me: How would you do that?
D: Um – actually I wouldn’t need to, because they don’t really fight.

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