Posts Tagged ‘dinosaurs’

Iguanadon and Gideon Mantell

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The kids are still both really into dinosaurs thanks to CBeebies’ supply of new Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures episodes, so today we took them for a walk to Gideon Mantell’s house, which is helpfully just along the road.

Gideon Mantell is credited with discovering the first iguanadon fossils, following the discovery of a fossil tooth by his wife. Mantell, who had been a keen fossil hunter since childhood, recognised it as too big to belong to any modern British herbivore, and the rest is history.

Andy encountered iguanadons in episode 8.

Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

At the moment my son is really loving Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures, which I must admit is pretty well-made (even though we all miss Kip).

The premise of the show is that Andy is now working in “the National Museum” (most of the interior shots seem to be from the Natural History Museum in London; some of the exterior shots look like the British Museum). Given the recent bad weather, leaving Pickles’ Animal Park was probably a wise move. He frequently breaks and loses various exhibits. His solution is to use the museum clock to travel back to the time of the dinosaurs to obtain replacements. (It seems a simpler solution would be to travel back five minutes, and stop himself from destroying the exhibits in the first place!)

Anyway, these shows have proven very popular in our house. I wonder what the next career move will be for the intrepid Andy Day? Aquarium worker? Microbiologist?

Dinosaur, Grrr!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

OK, so Squiglet today was about a dinosaur. (Incidentally, what is Squiglet supposed to be? A piglet? Too orange and woolly. A lion or other ally of the cat? Who knows?) CBeebies doesn’t seem to have a regular show about dinosaurs. Why not? Kids love dinosaurs, don’t they? Mine do. Seems like such an obvious hole in their programming.