Life Before the Dinosaurs
August 5, 2011 8:31 AM   Subscribe

Art is seven years old and really likes life before the dinosaurs. And he thinks arthropods are really cool.
posted by silby (27 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
For the first time in my life, I really really want a boy child. Any child, but one like this one. Thank you for finding and posting this silby.
posted by infini at 8:37 AM on August 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh I should really have a [via] on this one.
posted by silby at 8:38 AM on August 5, 2011


Suggesting that there was life before dinosaurs is as ridiculous as suggesting that there was life after dinosaurs.

There is no life after dinosaurs. There is only existence. And it is super-boring.
posted by curious nu at 8:43 AM on August 5, 2011 [3 favorites]


I love the Burgess Shale, and would love to see more [human] life imitate Art.
posted by kurumi at 8:46 AM on August 5, 2011


Is Art really the one writing all that? I have a seven-year-old who I generally think of as a pretty literate, articulate kid and I'm blown away at the implication that a seven-year-old wrote those entries.
posted by The World Famous at 8:49 AM on August 5, 2011


He is dictating the posts to his mom, there is a video of the process in the sidebar.
posted by silby at 8:50 AM on August 5, 2011


Huh. Watching now. My kid apparently just geeks out about completely different stuff than Art does.
posted by The World Famous at 8:52 AM on August 5, 2011


Wow this kid is really taking it to another level; I thought every boy went through a dinosaur phase, but pre-dinosaurs? He's like those kids in the 10th grade who listened to the Stooges when everyone else was listening to Nirvana.
posted by Hoopo at 8:52 AM on August 5, 2011 [8 favorites]


Based on the video, his writing the blog is legit; Art is extraordinarily literate and intelligent.
posted by rahnefan at 8:56 AM on August 5, 2011


Dislike: mammals dinosaurs reptiles amphibians birds.

I suppose we all feel that way sometimes.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 8:59 AM on August 5, 2011 [3 favorites]


New favourite blog. Floobly things!
posted by Zarkonnen at 9:08 AM on August 5, 2011


Art, I am in awe. You stay with this and don't let the bastards grind you down about your love of science.
posted by fijiwriter at 9:10 AM on August 5, 2011


oh my god it's giant horrible bugs.
posted by elizardbits at 9:17 AM on August 5, 2011


Its body was covered in sclerites (scale-like things that cover halwaxids)…

SPECTRAL ARTHROPODS: MUST I SERVE THEM?
posted by Nomyte at 9:24 AM on August 5, 2011


I thought every boy went through a dinosaur phase, but pre-dinosaurs?

I have 4 boys. Three of them have basically no interest in dinosaurs. In fact, they are so squeamish that we have to call blood "the b-word" around some of them.

The 4th and youngest loves dinosaurs. And sharks. And knights. Basically, anything with really big, sharp weapons that can CHOMP YOUR BONES AND SUCK OUT THE MARROW! Which he does to us regularly.
posted by DU at 9:27 AM on August 5, 2011


I was going to cry foul, but now I say go kid go!

You know if this kid's parents built an experimental aircraft this kid would actually fly it!

Go!
posted by cjorgensen at 9:27 AM on August 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: probably spent most of its time crawling around on the bottom of the ocean eating detritus.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:34 AM on August 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought every boy went through a dinosaur phase

Uh, no. Ew. At seven, I would have been trying to fake illnesses so I could stay home from school to watch daytime interior decorating shows on TV and collecting pennies "for the rainforest."
posted by wreckingball at 9:38 AM on August 5, 2011


Hoopo: "I thought every boy went through a dinosaur phase"

Went through? It's supposed to end?
posted by brundlefly at 9:46 AM on August 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


All right! A blog about all the wild lifeforms on the Earth we never hear about. I'm in!
posted by Twang at 9:51 AM on August 5, 2011


For the first time in my life, I really really want a boy child. Any child, but one like this one.

My daughter has been a huge dino-nerd since she was seven. Where other kids are watching Dora the Explorer, she's watching dino-documentaries. Lately she's been branching out into other prehistoric eras, and one of my favorite artworks she's made is a Mesothelae messily devouring a Petrolacosaurus.

Kids are awesome.
posted by lekvar at 12:35 PM on August 5, 2011 [3 favorites]


Not to rain on the happy pre-dino parade, but am I the only one with the impression - unsupported, I know nothing about this child - that he may not be neurotypical? This in no way diminishes his awesomeness, of course!
posted by DarlingBri at 3:19 PM on August 5, 2011


Being neurotypical is way overrated. Believe me, I know.

I've never met a person that was a bit off that ever seemed bothered by this knowledge. Pretty much everything of value this world has produced has ever been done by the neurotypical.

Neurotypical is boring.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:41 PM on August 5, 2011


Jesus, my nephew is 6 and he can barely put his own socks on without fucking it up - this kid is blowing my mind.
posted by tristeza at 7:39 PM on August 5, 2011


Neurotypical is boring.

I imagine it is...but there is no reason to suspect that Art has an autism spectrum disorder, simply because he has a strong passion for a specific subject and has uncanny verbal ability for his age (and strong for any age). Couldn't it be that Art is just very, very smart?

My oldest is on the spectrum and he has his interests, and is brilliant, but it is not like this. There's a price tag for his brilliance. There's no evidence in the video that that is the case for Art.
posted by rahnefan at 8:13 PM on August 5, 2011


More importantly, it appears this kid may have produced the first music video about Cothurnocystis. Highly recommended viewing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWx07dfHWLE
posted by czyz at 9:59 AM on August 6, 2011


I also like arthropods!
posted by Hyperbolus at 1:27 PM on August 6, 2011


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