The lead dinosaur, a hadrosaur species known as Edmontosaurus Regalis, walked a few steps down from the trees. It rose up on its back legs and angled its face toward the foreign object, sniffing. It did not like the large, strange-smelling structure on the river bank. One instinct demanded flight. The herd should leave before any trouble occurred. Another instinct said that territory could not be yielded. The rest of the herd remained at the forest’s edge, motionless except for the gentle oscillations of their tails.
(From a recent visit to the American Museum of Natural history.)
Geoff Jones is the author of the sci-fi thriller