Third of kids think dinosaurs still roam the world, and most want one to keep at home, survey finds

A THIRD of kids think dinosaurs still roam the Earth, a survey found – and most want one as a pet.

High-tech movies like Jurassic World have made youngsters believe the fearsome beasts are still alive, 66million years after they died out.

But their terrifying depiction hasn’t scared off many children, with a third still believing they could house train a T-Rex.

The research, commissioned by Mattel to launch its new Jurassic World Dominion toy range, polled 1,000 British children aged 6 to 10 to mark National Dinosaur Day on Sunday (May 15).

More than half (52 per cent) said they firmly believe dinosaurs will be brought back someday, just as they were in 1993 classic Jurassic Park.

Kelly Philp, of Mattel, said: “Dinosaurs are endlessly fascinating to children, and they probably always will be. This National Dinosaur Day, we thought there was no better way to celebrate than to find out what kids think about dinosaurs.

“Dinosaurs may not still be roaming the earth as kids would hope, but the new Jurassic World Dominion toy range means kids can play out endless adventures – and is a much more parent-approved pet.”

The survey found dino king T-Rex is kids’ favourite, with leaf-munching Triceratops coming in second.

Despite carnivore T-Rex’s taste for meat, 39 per cent of children think he would also love pizza.

To showcase their new Jurassic World toys, Mattel used “forced perspective” photography to make it look like they were towering over London landmarks including the Natural History Museum and another building populated by dinosaurs – the Houses of Parliament.

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