As you all know by now, I recently visited the Dinosaur National Monument. More precisely, Dan Chure kindly showed me and Brooks Britt around the renovated and rebuilt Quarry Visitor Center – “…a building that will not fall on the bones” as he repeatedly stressed. Very many thanks, Dan, it was a wonderful experience! Here’s one of the many photos I took that day:
Brooks (left), Camarasaurus femur (middle) and Dan (right).
When I got back to Germany, I got a message via facebook from my colleague Francisco Ortega, who sent along a photo…..
… and the question: Is that you????
(yes, that’s me, trying to come up with a smart answer the one of the many questions the rangers asked me when they realized that I know a lot about dinosaurs)
Turns out Francisco was there with a group of students, and one of them thought he recognized me. Francisco naturally told him that it’s extremely unlikely – but in fact we happened to visit there on the very same day.
Sometimes, earth is a very small place!
More DNM reports to come.
EDIT: it gets even more absurd: I did talk to Francisco, in passing! But because my mind was elsewhere I only thought his face “familiar”!