Friday, February 18th, 2022

In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis uncover the fossilised remains of the past with unexpected history of DINOSAURS! Which in addition to being all about the Tyrannosaurus Rex or T-Rex, the stegosaurus and diplodocus and more is in fact all about Charles Dickens and Bleak House, which contains the brilliant lines: ‘would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill’. It’s all about Natural History Museums, Sir Richard Owen, misbehaving and the invention of the dinosaur. It’s about dinosaur eggs, families and upbringing and scientific research into the history of colour, and having dinner in gigantic sculptures of prehistoric beasts! It’s also all about literary and cinematic representations, via Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 classic The Lost World. Who knew!

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