Dinosaurs Unearthed: Stegosaurus
Usually I steer well clear of the Daily Telegraph. It’s not exactly my favourite newspaper-it hires Miranda Devine, for one-but it’s doing a dinosaur promotion at the moment. Buying the paper gives you a token that you can cut out and redeem at a newsagency for a model dinosaur skeleton and a sheet containing facts and the instructions for assembling the model. I was only planning to get the interesting models (such as the inexplicable choice of Gigantspinosaurus), but model dinosaur skeletons have a nostalgic pull on me. So, to borrow a popular phrase, I gotta catch em all. And why not blog about it as well?
The first in this series is Stegosaurus, available on Sunday for free (all the rest are $2). I don’t know why they didn’t give out Tyrannosaurus first, but this is how things have turned out. It’s a scaled-down version of a model that I’ve seen in lots of places; I have a glow-in-the-dark plastic version I got with some magazines ages ago. It’s a cute model Stegosaurus.
The fact sheet is decent overall aside from including the amazingly outdated ‘second brain’ idea. There’s also the problem of the timeline at the bottom placing Stegosaurus in the Cretaceous. Whoops!
Out of the models, the Stegosaurus is the only one to come with more than a factsheet. It comes with a nice little album to slip the sheet into. On the back is a disclaimer regarding the information that the sheets contain. According to it, “every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all the information…contained.” As we have seen (and will see), this is a blatant lie.