You only need to do a quick Google search to learn that dinosaurs went extinct roughly 65 million years ago. While movies like Jurassic Park have revived the idea of perhaps bringing them back (terrible idea!), the fact remains that there haven’t been any actual living dinosaurs on this planet for a very, very long time. However, that hasn’t stopped nearly half of Americans from believing that dinosaurs still exist in some remote parts of the world. Oh, dear.
- Yes, this is based on real research. Boat Rocker Studios surveyed 2,000 Americans as part of its promotion for its new animated series Dino Ranch. The response discovered that 46% of Americans truly believe that dinosaurs are still roaming the earth, albeit in a remote location where there aren’t many humans. Not only that, but 22% said that while they’re not convinced there are dinosaurs are still out there, they do think it’s within the realm of possibility.
- Not many people know how long ago dinosaurs went extinct. While history isn’t everyone’s favorite subject, it’s slightly concerning that 21% of respondents believe that dinosaurs only went extinct 100 years ago. A further 23% think it was 1,000 years ago while 18% thought it was 1,000 years ago. Again, it was 65 million years ago, people!
- The survey was originally created for children. However, Boat Rocker thought it would be fun for adults to take part, Fox News reports, and that’s where the results come from. What’s even crazier is that 59% of adults claimed they knew more about dinosaurs than their kids did. That’s not exactly true.
- At the end of the day, kids getting into dinosaurs can only be a good thing. Matt Fernandes, the creator of Dino Ranch, said, as per StudyFinds, “It’s brilliant to see that shows like Dino Ranch are helping to drive a strong love of dinosaurs in kids’ today, and these magnificent creatures still have an audience.” Agreed!