I do remember humans being called “Ugly bags of mostly water” once. (…) Well to be honest, the reconstructions do make it look like bag and since there is no anus, the marine water flows in the mouth and possibly out through one of the holes on the top or sides… making it an “Ugly bag of mostly water”. So why do we care about this? Well as mentioned, this is likely one of our oldest known ancestors.
The first time I read that dinosaurs probably squawked or sounded like large species of birds, I laughed. A lot. I dismissed it quite easily. It seemed ridiculous and besides, how could we really know what they sounded like? Soft tissue does not preserve as easily as bones. What proof was there? Then as I studied evolution deeper in university I realized, what proof was there that dinosaurs roared ferociously then?
The first memory I have of exploring a dinosaur fossil exhibit must have been between the ages of 8-10. I was living in a small “no-wheres-ville” type of place along the Bay of Fundy. My mother packed us kids into the car and drove off towards (what I assume is) the Natural History Museum in Halifax. I make this assumption as the museum had undergone renovations and reorganization in 1993 and the road-trip was somewhere between summer of 1993-1995. The exhibit we were on our way to see is similar to today’s Dinosaurs Alive or I suppose more specifically Dinosaurs Unearthed since it was indoors.