Dinosaurs

Posted on May 26, 2010

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Dinosaurs.  Does anyone else find it just absolutely mind blowing that dinosaurs actually, really walked the earth? Huge reptiles were shitting right where your coffee table is sitting.  For a long time…

Did you know they lived on earth for 160 million years? 160 Million.  And there were 9,000 different species. 9000.

This is what I learn to impress my 4-year old.  When I was growing up, I thought there were 10 maybe 20 “kinds of dinosaur.” You know T-Rex, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurs burgers… oh, wait that was the Flintstones. I digress.

These giant dinosaurs…in some cases with brains the size of peanuts, managed to last for 160 million years.

Do you think humanity is going to last  a million years?  I’m an optimist but I can’t decide which is right about how it ends…the Terminator or the Matrix. Maybe a solar flare?

And do you know how long humans have walked the earth? 200,000 years. Humans have lived .125% of a 160 million years.  But in that short time, we’ve managed to dominate an entire planet and fly into space.  6.8 billion of us. All from five, yes, 5 species.(*read comments for further clarification)

That’s progress.

And look at us now. Today we are slapping mud into a hole (we made) at the bottom of the ocean to stop the big bad dinosaurs (aka oil) from absolutely demolishing our ocean & way of life.

Ahhhh, yes. Progress.

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