by Matthew Cobb
Animals are very good coincidence detectors. It’s how we learn. Bell rings, food comes, dog salivates. Light comes on, floor is shocked, rat avoids light. Humans are particularly good at it, so much that we end up feeling spooked when banal coincidences happen. “I just thought of you, then you phoned/mailed/turned the corner”. (Of course, we’re never struck by all those times that we thought of someone and they didn’t immediately hove into view). This capacity is at the root of all religions.
So I now declare that I have had a deeply moving experience because, no sooner had I blogged about pterosaurs yesterday, than this completely unlifelike pterosaur glider arrived, stuck to the cover of my youngest daughter’s copy of NG Kids (highly recommended). HOW SPOOKY IS THAT?
But what deity is responsisble? How can we praise him/her/it/them? What new Church should I set up? And how much should I charge?
To be honest, the question that is really preoccupying me is – how could they make a Pteranodon glider that looks more like a flying fish than a flying reptile?