July 5, 2006 Leave a comment
Today, I took David to his first-ever trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Needless to say, it was a hit. The visit led us talk a lot about some recent documentaries we've been watching on DVD, the “Walking With…” series from BBC and Discovery Channel. We first watched “Walking with Dinosaurs,” which was pretty amazing. But actually, what turned out to be even more fascinating was the sequel, “Walking with Prehistoric Beasts,” about when gigantic predatory birds (i.e., Terror Birds) and all sorts of bizarre and now long-extinct mammals ruled the planet after the extinction of the dinosaurs. I found it interesting how we are all so familiar with dinosaus like the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, etc., but how most of us have surely never heard of the nine-foot tall Terror Birds which roamed the plains of South America for millions of years as the top predator (and even made it into Florida before going extinct) or the 20-foot long Megatherium, a massive sloth. If you like nature documentaries at all and are the least bit curious about amazing extinct animals species you've never heard of, you should really check this out.