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SCIENCE EXPLAINS: Dinosaur Awesomeness!

By Becky Ferreira Feb 24, 2014

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Dinosaurs Are Instructive

As naturalist David Attenborough has repeatedly warned, we are now entering the sixth major extinction event in the history of the planet. This one is on us: the rise of humans has been the death knell for many other species, and if we don't change, we'll end up on the casualty list ourselves. Dinosaurs can teach us a little something about extinction and its effects, and their successes and failures ought to be looked at as a cheat code for long-term success. Example: we're probably going to want to hurry up and colonize space at some point, because the dinosaurs learned the hard way that when a big rock hits (and it inevitably will) you don't want to be stuck in the rubble.

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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