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What would happen if the gargantuan creatures of Earth's prehistoric past came back to life? And, more important, how would they provide good sport for hunters? That was the subject of a front-page article appearing in the May 6, 1896 edition of The Columbus Journal.


In a prescient nod to Jurassic Park, the unnamed author of the article opined that "It is a good thing, on the whole, that the extinct animals are extinct…Nobody would know what to do with such monsters, and science tell us that they might be dangerous."

What's worse, according to the newspaper, there would be no sport in hunting them:

Even the pterodactyl, which was in many respects the most delicate of these products of a remote age, would not have made a decent soup. The size of these beasts was such that they could afford only a poor kind of sport. They were so big that the worst marksman could not help but hit them, and after they were killed they could not be removed.

The sportsman who shot a dinosaur would have no fine pair of antlers to take home with him for the edification of his friends.


Of course, this was published before paleontologists had discovered the existence of Velociraptor:

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