Why Do People Love Dinosaurs?
Adults can often feel almost as powerless as children. They might find relief in such activities as blasting aliens in video games, by dressing up as unicorns, or in playing with dinosaurs. Maybe grown-ups don’t really get over the dinosaur phase? It could be that they simply relive it vicariously through children.
We have traditionally thought of dinosaurs as tragic, since (with the exception, we now know, of avians) they became extinct, yet were once enormously large and powerful. This corresponds to the combination of ability to dominate and extreme vulnerability, which are both essential aspects of the way we think of humankind.