There’s just something about dinosaurs. While these enormous creatures may have been extinct for millions of years, they still manage to capture the imaginations of people all over the world. Perhaps it’s this which makes the recent discovery in Utah so enthralling, above and beyond the scientific importance of the find.
Scientists believe that dinosaurs first began walking the earth sometime around 235 million years ago, in what’s known as the Triassic period. Then, for almost 200 million years, they were the dominant creatures on the planet. Our current records show that there were at least 1,000 different species of the giant reptiles.
People, meanwhile, first began finding dinosaur fossils in the 19th century. And since then the giant beasts have constantly captured the public’s imagination. Perhaps at least in part thanks to that, furthermore, there’s a significant stream of funding allocated to finding more remains – which in turn leads to even more exciting discoveries.