Like every other New Yorker, pigeons didn’t make it in this city without a lot of hustle. A few tens of millions of years, in fact.
They’re just one species of bird among the 13,000 that can be traced directly back to dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History’s latest exhibit, Dinosaurs Among Us. And while the museum’s provost of science, Michael Novacek, is not going to say he told you so — he told you so.
“When we opened the halls in the mid-’90s, the dinosaur exhibit had a flock of seagulls in the middle of it,” recalls Novacek. “There were colleagues around who were saying, ‘Ah, why did these people do this, this has gone too far to taint the minds of the public with this notion.’ We’ve been validated.”