Steve Eddison

Studying dinosaurs, I was made to feel like the fossil

There’s nothing like getting trapped inside the belly of the beast to teach children about the Cretaceous period

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Three years ago, on my first visit to New York, I suffered a stiff neck and slight bruising. I wasn’t mugged, I just spent too much time gazing upwards and bumping into people. Walking through Times Square was like experiencing the world from the perspective of an ant. Viewing the whole of humanity from the top of the Empire State Building only served to reinforce mankind’s insignificance in the overall scheme of things.

The concept of scale is a difficult one to grasp, even for adults. It is especially difficult when you’re only 8. That is why I have chosen to sit in the belly of a tylosaurus ...

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