Everyone loves dinosaurs.  To simply think about the massive beasts walking on the the Earth brings awe to the minds of children and adults alike.  The problem is, as most people move into life after their formative years, they forget about these amazing creatures, except for when Jurassic Park pops up on the television. Then a few faint memories spark somewhere in their brain.  Some may think of a Tyrannosaurus fighting a Stegosaurus, even though that never really happened, ever.  The problem is that most people have a very skewed knowledge of dinosaurs.  This is not because of ignorance or lack of education in the subject matter. It can simply be chalked up to all those years ago when they were reading about dinosaurs the scientific community just didn’t really know as much as they do today.  I personally never allowed myself to lose touch with these wonderful creatures, I read about them almost daily and try to consume all forms of media on dinosaurs.  The information that has been learned about these magnificent creatures in the last twenty years is nothing short of amazing.  Once all dinosaurs were thought to be slow cold-blooded beasts, now we know this was more then likely incorrect and we have come to understand that they probably generated their own heat.  Most people also think that dinosaurs were dull shades of grey, brown, and green.
 But with new findings published last week about the discovery of proto-feathers encased in amber with coloration in-tacked we are starting to learn that dinosaurs were actually quite colorful animals.

Dinofeathers! Image Credit: Science/AAAS

Dinofeathers! Image Credit: Science/AAAS


So, my point here, do yourself a favor and check out Werner Herzog’s:  Dinotasia.  It is an up to date documentary about dinosaurs that will change the way you look and feel about these creatures.  It is conveniently available on Netflix Streaming.  So take 82 minutes out of your evening and flip the switch to your imagination and enjoy this film.  It will put a warm smile on your face as you remember fond memories of going to the library or museum and reading everything you could get your hands on about these creatures and then you will realize most of it was wrong.  And hopefully this may spark a new interest in dinosaurs, even for just a passing moment, because the world in general is forgetting about them.  We all seemed to get mixed up in the day to day nonsense of this world and we turn off our imaginations to fit in as a cog in the machine. This is a dangerous thing, so maybe a little film about dinosaurs with jump start the gears of your imagination and who knows what may happen from there!

By the way a Tyrannosaurus weighed about seven and a half tons.