We’re pretty excited about our British Science Festival event next week, ‘Stranger than fiction? Dinosaurs, Monsters and Myths‘. Not only are we hearing from two palaeontologists, Dr Phil Manning and Dr Joanna Wright, about how they reconstruct dinosaurs, but we’ll be joined by Frame Store’s Mike Milne, the graphics brain behind Walking With Dinosaurs since the very beginning, AND two award winning Sky documentary producers, Vicky Coules and Steve Nicholls. Don’t miss it if you’re in Newcastle!
To get you in the mood, we present….
Dinosaurs in popular culture, The Quiz.
You are all welcome to steal it for your own dinosaur themed gatherings/pub quizzes/quiet nights in.
Question 1: Name the film
Question 2: Which popular 19th century novel contains the following in its opening paragraphs:
“As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill.”
Question 3: Which novel is the following taken from?
“He saw the huge head of the tyrannosaurus. Just standing there, looking over the fence at the two Land Cruisers. The lightning flashed again, and the big animal rolled its head and bellowed in the glaring light. Then darkness, and silence again, and the pounding rain.”
Question 4: Put the Jurassic Park stills in order of which film they appeared in:
Question 5: Which novel is the following taken from? (with accompanying original art work)
“Wealden!” cried Challenger, in an ecstasy. “I’ve seen them in the Wealden clay. It is a creature walking erect upon three-toed feet, and occasionally putting one of its five-fingered forepaws upon the ground. Not a bird, my dear Roxton—not a bird.”
In 1853, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins celebrated the opening of the Crystal Palace Dinosaur exhibition by holding a dinner inside one of the models. What species of dinosaur are these famous palaeontologists sitting inside? (To be honest, we just really wanted an excuse to post this picture again)
Question 7: Which novel does the following come from?
“At last have mortal eyes gazed upon two reptiles of the great primitive ocean! I see the flaming red eyes of the Ichthyosaurus, each as big, or bigger than a man’s head. Nature in its infinite wisdom had gifted this wondrous marine animal with an optical apparatus of extreme power, capable of resisting the pressure of the heavy layers of water which rolled over him in the depths of the ocean where he usually fed. It has by some authors truly been called the whale of the saurian race, for it is as big and quick in its motions as our king of the seas. This one measures not less than a hundred feet in length, and I can form some idea of his girth when I see him lift his prodigious tail out of the waters. His jaw is of awful size and strength, and according to the best-informed naturalists, it does not contain less than a hundred and eighty-two teeth.”
Question 8: Name the film
Answers in the comments please!
We leave you with one of the earliest cartoons ever made, from 1914, featuring Gertie the dinosaur. Dino animation has come a long way…