STL Science Center

STL Science Center

20 August 2015

Popular Swimmers

There are often very popular fossil animals that capture the imagination of many and inspire documentaries and other television or movie screen appearances. Stenopterygius is a fossil animal nearing that tier of popularity. Toys (rare collectibles even!) have made an appearance claiming to be Stenopterygius as have books, though these typically only reference or briefly discuss this well known ichthyosaur. The animal is popular enough even that it has been stuffed and sold as a plush animal. It would make rather interesting throw pillow and probably be a conversation starter. Someday, hopefully, Stenopterygius will make more of an impact in documentaries or on the screen, but for now books, toys, and stuffed animals will have to do in the world of popular culture.

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