At the suggestion of Vanessa, who blogs at Petal and Mortar (wonderful blog that you should absolutely check out), I tried to rope Little Man into helping me write on the letter “U.” Specifically, Utahraptor.
While I was pretty sure that this was some type of dinosaur specific to Utah, I googled just to make sure. Indeed, the first specimens of the Utahraptor were found in Utah in 1975. It belongs to the genus of theropod dinosaurs. (Do I sound super smart right now? Thanks Wikipedia!)
Here’s how the conversation went:
Me: Little Man, what can you tell me about Utahraptors?
LM: What is that, like some kind of dinosaur…is it STILL ALIVE?!
Me: No, I’m pretty sure all the dinosaurs are extinct. Why the hell didn’t I make sure of this before I started driving?! Now I can’t google!
LM: Actually*, not all dinosaurs are extinct, if you really think about.
Me: How’s that? Actually, they better be!
LM: Well, some animals alive today came from dinosaurs. Crocodiles, some birds, lizards. So that’s almost like dinosaurs not being extinct.
Me: Okay. Well, do you know anything about Utahraptors?
LM: Nope. But I do know a lot about Transformers [proceeds to talk about Transformers until I get ice cream]
FYI, here is what a Utahraptor is said to look like:
And here’s how it compares to a human:
So, I’d rather hope that it isn’t still alive, as disappointing as that may be to Little Man 😉
*Has been doing the “actually” thing since he was 3.