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from Facebook: Sophie Turner adopts direwolf doggy actor

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  • Bluejay


    I just found out recently (from visiting La Brea Tar Pits) that dire wolves were an actual thing.


  • Oh yes! Were you not obsessed as a kid with the tar pits (and by extension Ice Age megafauna) like I was?

  • Tonio Kruger

    Yes, they were.

    Then again you obviously weren’t as obsessed with prehistoric animals as I was when I was a kid. (Says the zoology geek who never heard of velociraptors prior to Jurassic Park…And who still has a hard time not using the word “brontosaurus.”)

  • Tonio Kruger

    I was never all that obsessed with tar pits but I do remember me and my male siblings owning almost every cheap replica of a prehistoric animal that it was possible for a kid to own back then. (For example, dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, giant sloths, saber-toothed tigers, etc.)

  • Bluejay

    I was strictly a dinosaurs kid; I wasn’t as well-versed in Ice Age mammals. :-) I mean, I knew the greatest hits (mammoths, saber-toothed tigers) but dire wolves somehow escaped my attention.

    Did you have a chance to go to AMNH during your visit? The new Titanosaur display is very impressive.

  • Bluejay
  • Danielm80

    The exhibit of feathered dinosaurs kind of freaked me out. I’m pretty sure a T-Rex wasn’t the “thing with feathers” Emily Dickinson was talking about.

  • Bluejay

    In an alternate universe, Emily Dickinson had a pet feathered T-Rex named Hope.

  • bronxbee

    i was (still am a bit) completely LaBrea tar pits obsessed. when we visited, i actually scooped up some bubbling tar in an altoids tin (thanks maryann) and put a little wooly mammoth in it. sits on my science book shelf. i loved the Pits.

  • No, didn’t get there.

  • I loved them too. :-)

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