That doesn’t matter to one mum, though, who’s made it her mission to spread awareness about “the dinosaur lie”.

The concerned mum starts off her post: “I’m really concerned about dinosaurs, and I think something needs to be done. The science behind them is pretty flimsy, and I for one do not want my children being taught lies. Did you know that nobody had even heard of dinosaurs before the 1800s, when they were invented by curio-hungry Victorians?”

Dippy the Dinosaur
Poor Dippy, not only is he out of a job – but now his entire existence is in question (Matt Dunham/AP)

Going on to say: “Charles Darwin’s later theory of evolution entirely disproved dinosaurs, yet the dinosaur lie was twisted and adapted to try to make it fit. Any proper look at the facts will reveal that dinosaurs simply never existed.”

Though we admire this woman’s passion for truth, and she obviously cares for her children’s wellbeing, there’s one question nagging us. What did dinosaurs ever do to her? We only had to read on a little more to find out.

“Aside from the educational aspect, dinosaurs are a very bad example for children. At my children’s school, several children were left in tears after one of their classmates (who had evidently been exposed to dinosaurs), became bestially-minded and ran around the classroom roaring and pretending to be a dinosaur. Then he bit three children on the face. One poor girl has been left with a severely dented nose and the whole class was left traumatised by this horrible display.”

The rest of his species really lets Barney down #NotAllDinosaurs (Jez C Self/EMPICS Entertainment)
The rest of his species really lets Barney down #NotAllDinosaurs (Jez C Self/EMPICS Entertainment)

But there was more.

“Nothing about dinosaurs is suitable for children, from their total lack of family values through to their non-existence from any serious scientific point of view.”

Now, this is where we take issue. She could be correct (but isn’t) about dinosaurs having no scientific backing, and she might be right about the way their “myth” encourages children. BUT. We do have solid evidence that dinosaurs do in fact support family values: The Land Before Time.

Also, the Flintstones had a pet one.

 If you, too, have suffered from “the dinosaur lie”, you can do something about it by getting in touch with Christians Against Dinosaurs. (Yes, really).
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