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10-year-old spots a dino-sized mistake at the Natural History Museum in London

What a clever, pint-sized paleontologist.


Sarah Weber

Internet Culture

Published Jul 28, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 10:22 pm CDT

A 10-year-old aspiring paleontologist has a thing or two to teach the prestigious Natural History Museum in London.

Charlie Edwards, from Canvey Island, Essex, was at an overnight event at the museum with his parents when he noticed something odd. A sign illustrating the size of an Oviraptor next to a human didn’t actually depict an Oviraptor.

Instead, the dinosaur on the sign showed a Protoceratops, a completely different species that looks nothing like the Oviraptor. His mom, Jade Edwards, told the BBC that she tried to reassure her son that the Natural History Museum wouldn’t get it wrong—but he insisted, asking for her phone to prove his point. Charlie and his family notified the museum staff, and once they got home from the Dino Snores event, Charlie received a letter from the museum thanking him for spotting the error and promising to fix it.

“It’s not surprising for Charlie, because he’s very clever and he does really love his dinosaurs, but we are hugely proud of him,” Edwards told the BBC.

The museum encouraged Charlie to keep up his enthusiasm for dinosaurs, but it doesn’t seem like that’ll be much of a problem. He wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up. And a museum fact-checker perhaps?

H/T Gizmodo

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*First Published: Jul 28, 2017, 5:19 pm CDT