Solbit and Papa Stand Up to a Dinosaur

Dear Nicalai,

Hey, you know how Papa is always teaching me new words, right?  Well, I just learned a new word, and it is long: “Paleontology.”  I’m still learning about it, but the word means something like the study of ancient life, going way back to 3,800 million years ago!  Wow! That is old; I mean ancient!

If you study ancient life — that’s what “paleontologists” do — you get to see some really cool things.  The paleontologists even let us ordinary people (and a plastic jurassic) see those cool things, too.  You just have to go to a paleontology museum.  That’s what we did here in Trelew in Patagonia.  Look at this.

This skeleton belonged to a big sea creature that lived before any human beings existed.

This skeleton belonged to a big sea creature that lived before any human beings existed.

We went to the Egidio Feruglio Museum of Paleontology. Some scientists must have spent a lot of time searching for all those bones.  Imagine how much time it would take to figure out which bone goes where?  I’m tired just thinking about it.  Apparently, some people enjoy that kind of thing.

Papa and I found something we enjoyed at the museum.  We compared ourselves to a very large dinosaur.

I usually think of Papa as being tall compared to me, but, compared to this dinosaur leg, I would have to call him “shorty.”

I usually think of Papa as being tall compared to me, but, compared to this dinosaur leg, I would have to call him “shorty.”

Of course, I wanted to compare myself to that leg too, but I wasn’t tall enough.

I’m barely as tall as that dino’s toe!  We had a laugh about that.

I’m barely as tall as that dino’s toe!  We had a laugh about that.

Who would think that going to something called a Paleontology Museum would get me and Papa to laugh? What a surprise!  Oh, I got another surprise, a really good one too, when we went into the museum’s gift shop.

It was as though the gift shop folks knew that Nona and Papa were bringing me to their museum.

It was as though the gift shop folks knew that Nona and Papa were bringing me to their museum.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when Nona called to me, “Solbit, come here.  Look who’s here to greet you.”  There were all my fellow plastic jurassic friends.  Who knew I’d bump into them here in Patagonia.  Life sure is full of happy surprises if you look for them, even in the most unlikely places.

Papa says we’re going to look for some more surprises at a town pond not far from here.  I’ll let you know if we find what we’re looking for. Bye! I’m your friend.

Love,

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Solbit

October 2016

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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