Dinosaur Experiment

Steve Hatherley

Professor James Catterall stated yesterday during a press conference at his secluded manor in Hampshire that he hoped to re-introduce the dinosaur into certain parts of the world. Such areas would include the South American and African rainforests, the Australian bush and maybe even parts of England, such as Dartmoor or the Norfolk Broads.

From discoveries made during his recent expedition to the source of the Congo river in central Africa, Catterall intends to chemically manipulate bird eggs and produce baby dinosaurs.

The eggs will be artificially regressed so that they devolve, rather than evolve according to Darwin's theories. Catterall believes that birds are the dinosaurs closest living relatives.

Other scientists have denounced Catterall's theories as rubbish.

Catterall is a recluse and works from his secluded manor in the centre of its densely wooded grounds. He is regarded as dangerous by his scientific peers, and has a record of cruelty. During the Great War he was rumoured to have performed much unnecessary surgery.

If any of the others of the expedition to Africa can be found, they will be reluctant to talk about the trip. Many bad things happened there.


1     Catterall is far ahead of his time and has already cloned several dinosaurs from their fossilised bones. The process was a gift from Nyarlathotep in Africa. He already has had some success and intends to display them in a years time, crediting them as early successes of his fake experiments.

2     The experiments work, but take much longer than anticipated. Eventually, some sixty years after they were started (and twenty years after Catterall's death) the first 'dinosaur' is born. It is intelligent - a bipedal lizard man. It is the pinnacle of dinosaur evolution but the dinosaurs died out before it had a chance.

3     Catterall is insane and his experiments are fakes. However, several of his assistants are Serpent People in disguise. They are using Catterall as a cover for their own sorcerous methods for bringing their own kind through from the Permain era, along with some of the proto-dinosaurs of that time.

(Inspired by the novel Carnosaur, by Harry Adam Knight.)

Copyright (c) 1990 Steve Hatherley