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Little Boy Discovers Dinosaur Labelling Error at Natural History Museum

Travis Ketzak
By Travis Ketzak / July 31, 2017

The Natural History Museum recently thanked Charlie, a little boy from Essex, England, for noticing that one of their dinosaur exhibits was labelled incorrectly.

The 10-year-old was exploring the Dino Snores exhibit with his mom, Jade, when he noticed something strange. He saw the egg of an Oviraptor, with a picture of its silhouette next to that of a person, to show the size difference. However, Charlie immediately knew that the picture was wrong.

“I saw that the shape of it was wrong,” he told the BBC. “It was claimed to be an Oviraptor but it looked like an early dinosaur from the Triceratops family.”

His mom didn’t believe him at first, but after giving him her phone so he could look it up, she realized that he was right. The dinosaur in the picture didn’t match the name it was labelled with.

They notified the museum and Charlie received a letter in the mail, thanking him for his keen eye.

Paleontologists spend years studying and researching, but when it comes to dinosaurs, little boys are the real pros. Don’t believe us? Check out this other 10-year-old boy who discovered a million-year-old fossil by mistake.

Between paleontology and
running their own businesses, this generation of kids is turning out to be pretty awesome.