Young boy spots dinosaur error at Natural History Museum

Eagle-eyed boy, 10, notices labelling mistake

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Young boy spots dinosaur error at Natural History Museum

A 10-year-old boy outwitted palaeontologists at the Natural History Museum - by highlighting a mistake on a dinosaur label.


Charlie, from Canvey Island, Essex, who has Asperger's Syndrome, spotted the error while on an overnight trip to the museum with his family, reports 9news.com.

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He has a keen interest in palaeontology, and was busy reading the signs about them when he spotted a mistake.

In the human side-by-side comparison with the dinosaur, one was labelled Oviraptor, a dinosaur with a beak that walked on its hind legs, but the image showed a four-legged Protoceratops.

Young boy spots dinosaur error at Natural History Museum

According to the BBC, Charlie explained: "I found a side-by-side comparison to the dinosaur, but I saw the shape of it was wrong. It was claimed to be an Oviraptor, but it looked like an early dinosaur from the Triceratops family, and we told a member of staff."

Young boy spots dinosaur error at Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum sent Charlie a letter this week telling him how impressed they were with his knowledge, and that he was indeed correct and they would be updating the label.

Charlie's mum Jade said: "When he told us, we said, 'OK, we know you're good, but this is the Natural History Museum.

"It turned out Charlie was right It's not surprising for Charlie because he is very clever and he loves his dinosaurs, but we are hugely proud of him."

She added that the museum "have been really good" about "the fact that a 10-year-old picked it out".

Charlie added that he is looking for a career in palaeontology when he grows up - and he's certainly on the right track. The museum told him that they hoped he kept up his enthusiasm for palaeontology.

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