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Thursday, February 28, 2002

Walk on the wild side
Scientific American: Explore!: Walking the Dinosaur: July 09, 2001 Troody slowly tilts forward. Fourteen tiny motors in her limbs begin to hum as her shins lift up from her feet. She stretches her legs and rises to an upright position. Still wobbling back and forth a bit, she takes her first timid step forward...

This website has a movie of the tiny dinosaur walking. When I first looked at the photo, I thought, "That's no dinosaur, that's a crow!" Indeed it resembles a bird very much in its size and proportions. All it needs is feathers instead of scales, and.... oh, yeah, wings.

I've been thinking about possible uses for such a creation, other than display.
  1. Let it strut around in the cornfield to attract other crows, er troodons.

  2. Outfit it with a tiny tv camera and send it where no man has gone before, or at least not one of our guys

  3. Put tiny seats inside, sell $300 tickets to 6-foot tall Americans and let them be more comfortable than they are inside a commercial airliner.