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Planet Earth

GRAWR! Finally, some actual dinosaur facts

Not Exactly Rocket ScienceBy Ed YongNovember 9, 2011 7:38 AM

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Some of you know Brian Switek, ace blogger who covers all things fossil. What you may not have realised is that Brian Switek hates your childhood dreams and is out to crush them by making all badass prehistoric predators seem a bit rubbish. This is the latest volley in his ongoing campaign. Last night, I decided enough was enough and drastic action was needed to preserve the predators that stalked our young imaginations, in the face of Switek's tawdry "facts". After all, you could prove just about anything that's true using facts. Thus was born the #GRAWR hashtag on Twitter, a collection of trivia about prehistoric animals based solely on how awesome they would be, and leaving aside silly notions like evidence. I collected some of my favourites (you should see a stream of tweets below; if not, check on a different browser): // The last one, in particular, is just wonderful. I turned it into a poster:

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