Monday, February 12, 2007

The Science of the Lizard

I wasn't going to link to Dr. Darren Naish again so soon, but there was no way I could resist this one. The world's most entertaining paleobiology writer has collected scientific thoughts on the world's favorite impossible creature, Godzilla. Naish documents how some scientists have devoted their spare thoughts to the taxonomy and anatomy of Japan's famed atomic reptile. Among other tidbits, we learn here that, structurally, the original Japanese creature with his tree-trunk legs is actually a tad more realistic than the sleek theropod of the 1998 American film.
COMMENT: In other dino-science milestones, The Annals of Improbable Research in 1995 published a learned (ahem) scientific paper titled, "The Taxonomy of Barney."
Actually, as a parent, I always wanted to make a film called "Barney vs. Godzilla," in which the Purple Pest tries to drive off Godzilla by singing his incredibly inane "I Love You" song, which spurs Godzilla to melt Barney into the pavement with his atomic breath and then stomp the remains into a layer about half a molecule thick to eliminate all chance of resurrection.

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