Why do we love dinosaurs?

And movies about dinosaurs.

When I was a little kid, there was a time when I loved dinosaurs. I remember visiting the Museum of Natural History in New York City and seeing the skeletons of the dinosaurs set up. One of my favorite dinosaurs was the Stegosaurus. I remember bringing home a miniature replica as a souvenir. I can’t tell you why I liked this particular Dino. I think it had to do with the pointy things on its back.

My favorite: the Stegosaurus

My early dinosaur memories are mostly tied to the museum and maybe some books we had a home.

Danny and the Dinosaur $4.99 on Amazon

I think it’s fun to think about the earth millions of years ago with these gigantic, scary, mysterious creatures roaming around.

Of course, Hollywood thought it would be fun to make movies and television shows about these creatures. There might be some facts woven into the dinosaur-themed movies and television, but like most Hollywood stories, they stretched the truth and are still fun to watch.

On television: I was too old to watch the lovable, purple dinosaur Barney, but I enjoyed watching the Land of Lost and the Flintstones.

Land of the Lost: From IMDb, “A family finds themselves fighting to survive in a land populated by dinosaurs and otherworldly beings.” Aliens and dinosaurs together in one show.

In 2009, they made a movie based on the show starring Will Farrell. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457400/


Another movie inspired by television was released in 1994: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flintstones_(film)

Movies: There were many shows and movies over the years, but Steven Spielberg gave us the quintessential film in 1996, Jurassic Park. I believe this was when many people revisited their love of dinosaurs, myself included. 

A dinosaur expert picks the top 10 dinosaur movies of all time. Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist and author of the book ‘The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs,’ gave us his definitive ranking.

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