Naga Munchetty addresses stupid question to guest as expert leaves BBC star embarrassed08/14/2021
BBC news presenters find out what a dragon is
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Naga Munchetty and Roger Johnson presented BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning and informed viewers about some new palaeontology news. The BBC co-hosts revealed researchers in Australia have announced a new species of flying reptile from a fossil discovered in western Queensland. The new pterosaur has been named Thapunngaka shawi and Naga was keen to learn more about it. However, the star was left red-faced when she asked a “stupid question” to palaeontologist Dr David Hone.
“Let’s go back 150 million years ago. Take a look at this,” Naga remarked, as an image of a prehistoric creature appears on-screen.
“Now you’re probably thinking this is taken from a fairytale or fantasy novel.
“Actually this is an artist’s impression of a creature that did exist in the Jurassic period,” the BBC presenter revealed.
Roger explained: “Yes, its remains have just been discovered by scientists in Australia who say that it is the closest thing that we have to a real-life dragon.
“They say the flying reptile would have had a 23-foot wingspan and a spear-like mouth filled with sharp teeth.
“I guess it didn’t breathe fire though I suspect,” he joked.
“Well, we don’t know that!” Naga replied, “Let’s talk to palaeontologist Dr David Hone from Queen Mary University in London who can tell us more.
“Good morning to you. I’m mega excited about the idea of a dragon on land, but I have been having a debate with everyone this morning.
“What’s the definition of a dragon?” Naga asked the expert.
David laughed as he replied: “Well they’re mythological animals and so don’t exist, of course.
“But, pterosaurs I think would form something that would be pretty close to most peoples, or at least in the west, imagination of a dragon,” he added.
The palaeontologist described the Jurassic creature further, noting: “That’s quite close to what you see in most fantasy shows or books.”
Later in the interview Naga, confessed that her earlier question was “stupid”, but she was still keen to know more about the newly discovered creature.
“Second stupid question of this interview because I did ask you the definition of a dragon,” she sheepishly said, somewhat embarrassed.
“You very kindly said they’re mythological, which we don’t know yet, let’s face it!” she joked.
“But, they had eggs. How were they… they’re not mammals are they?” Naga asked.
David explained: “No, so not all reptiles lay eggs, some do give birth to live young, there’s a bunch of lizards and snakes that do.
“But, in the case of pterosaurs, we do have a handful of eggs. They’re extremely rare because they’re very, very, thin shells.
“So they’re much more like the eggs we get from modern turtles, than the kind of hard bird eggs that we’re used to,” he revealed.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.
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