In addition to being a very picturesque seaside town, Penarth, just south from Cardiff, is one of the best places in Wales to find fossils. They wash up by the bucket load! Just a few years back, the first dinosaur ever to have been found on Welsh soil, was found near here, a 200 million-year old Jurassic carnivore named Dracoraptor hanigani.
You know how they sometimes refer to classic rock bands as “dinosaurs”? Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, to name just a few; and the word “fossil” has been dropped more than once when referring to Mick Jagger or Keith Richards.
The funny thing is, there are actual prehistoric species that have been named after rock stars! What a great example of how music inspires people, and how much scientists feel the need to categorize the world in human terms.
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