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Ben Garrod talks dinosaurs and fossils ahead of show at Yeovil’s Octagon theatre


THERE is something almost magical about dinosaurs that intrigues practically everybody. Whether it is watching blockbuster films such as Jurassic Park, or Sir David ttenborough’s insightful television documentaries, there is just something about the pre-historic reatures which fascinates both the young and the old. Ben Garrod, a scientific expert on the species, and most recognisable from his appearance in Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, is bringing his latest tour to Somerset for three shows next year, and promises to wow both the young and old with some myth-busting facts.For example, did you know the Tyrannosaurus Rex, probably the most famous dinosaur, actually looked more like a giant feathered turkey, than the green lizard-like monster we all think? “Everyone loves dinosaurs,” said Ben, who is based just down the M5 in Bristol. “There’s just something about them. I don’t know how or why, but everyone is fascinated by them, and their weird and wonderful antics. We have all grown up with them, whether it was in the 1930s with King Kong and Godzilla, to Jurassic Park. “And the best thing about them is they are all wrong, every single one of them. Everyone shows the T-Rex as a giant, scaly lizard, with little arms, but in actual fact, they had multi-coloured feathers, they looked like a giant turkey more than anything else. “They found a fossilised voice box related to a T-Rex recently, and it actually sounded like a goose, not the roar we think.” In his show, which he said was like “Dino-panto-banter”, Ben myth-busts some common misconceptions about the pre-historic creatures, with interactive displays to keep everyone entertained. An evolutionary biologist by trade, Ben is also a lecturer at universities in Oxford and Bristol, and as well as his appearances on television, is probably better placed than anyone to deliver this kind of show. He said: “There’s a really weird mix between what we think we know about dinosaurs, and what is actually true.

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