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If there is anything that takes me back to my childhood, it is news about dinosaurs. [cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/TECH/science/09/17/tiny.t-rex.dinosaur.discovered/art.raptorex.eight.courtesy.jpg
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Today when I came in to the newsroom, amid the updates on Afghanistan’s election and the latest volleys on the missile defense shield, one story caught my eye: scientists were about to reveal a brand new dinosaur.
It is essentially a miniature Tyrannosaurus rex, the most feared monster that ever roamed this planet. Only this one, rather than measuring upwards of 13 meters, stood a mere 2.8 meters. But it still had all the characteristics –- the powerful legs, the long claws and the razor sharp teeth –- that are the stuff of nightmares.
And with that I was seven again. Pouring over any book in our local library that had the words "Jurassic" or "Triassic" in them, comparing the diets of one with the migratory patterns of another and wondering – which would win in a fight (because, frankly, that’s what seven-year-old boys tend to think about)? Later going out in my backyard, shovel in hand, digging under our porch, hoping to make a discovery of my own.
Dinosaurs gave way to space adventures, both lost out to adolescence and then adulthood. But there will always be that part of me –- when I am in a museum or even passing by a toy store with plush dinos –- that remains a budding paleontologist. And that young boy inside will be watching with rapt attention when the show tonight explains more about this new discovery, and what it means to our understanding of these magnificent beasts.
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