Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Therizinosaurs Through the Years

Here's a cool drawing of the changing perceptions of those odd therizinosaurs by Tricia Arnold, a cartoonist with a heavy paleo-influence. Tricia seems to share my interest in the way artistic conceptions of extinct critters evolve as new fossils come to light. Evolve, get it? Science joke.

"Therizinosaurs Through the Years" Final!

Here, she looks at three views of therizinosaurs that have been put forth as paleontologists tried to fit the existing fossil evidence into the dinosaur family tree. First, the "predatory prosauropod," that rather docile looking, almost sloth-like fellow in green and tan. Next, Tricia uses an idea inspired by the Dino Crisis video game - a nasty, blood-thirsty carnivore. Finally, she presents our modern idea - a largely herbivorous, pot bellied, bird-like oddball. Check out more of her artwork at flickr.

1 comment:

  1. Aw, thanks for posting this! *^_^*

    I should note that I saw the "Dino Crisis" interpretation a few other places as a teen, mostly cheap dinosaur books for kids (sadly, I can't find any pictures; "Dino Crisis" is obviously their most famous appearance). The thinking seems to have been, "Gee, they had these big giant claws, they MUST have been big violent carnivores!"

    I have a feeling you will also like these more recent pieces: http://www.flickr.com/photos/babbletrish/4573377896/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/babbletrish/4601864417/ And I definitely have to expand on this idea here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/babbletrish/4710617671/

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