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Stenonychosaurus and the Dino Man


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Jurassic/Cretaceous period. One branch or mutation of the supposedly extinct
sauroid race, Stenonychosaurus, was according to paleontologists remarkably
hominoid in appearance. Stenonychosaurus was less than 3 m long, and weighed
only 45 kg. It was a biped, and could rotate its lower arm to grasp objects
with a three-fingered hand. The eyes were enormous, surpassing in size those
of most modern land animals. The brain was much larger than in living
reptiles and approached that of some living birds and mammals in relative
size. Stenonychosaurus dinosaurs, which probably fed on primitive mammals,
embody a widespread tendency for the brain to increase in size through the
history of life. It had possibly greyish-green skin and three-digit clawed
fingers with a partially-opposable 'thumb'.
The opposable thumb and intellectual capacity is the only thing preventing
members of the animal kingdom from challenging the human race as the masters
of planet earth. For instance the ape kingdom possesses opposable thumbs yet
it does not possess the intellectual capacity to use them as humans do. The
dolphins possess intellects nearing that of humans but do not possess
opposable thumbs or even limbs necessary to invent, etc. Could their be an
'animal' which possesses both of these characteristics? The cranial capacity
of Stenonychosaurus was nearly twice the size of that of human beings,
indicating a large brain and possibly advanced though not necessarily
benevolent intellect. Stenonychosaurus has been credited with being the most
intelligent dinosaur. Compared with most others, it had a relatively large
brain, although the excess brain volume was probably not concerned with
reasoning and other activities that
could be called "intelligence."

Stenonychosaurus had large eyes, slender flexible fingers, and a light body.
The brain was probably concerned mainly with its highly developed senses,
fine control of its limbs, and fast reflexes, which were used in hunting
small and elusive prey.

In 1982 Dale Russell and R. S_guin (Ottawa) published an article on
Stenonychosaurus. A new partial skeleton had been discovered in 1967 which
provided the basis of the first
skeletal and flesh restoration of Stenonychosaurus. The detailed work of
building the model was illustrated in their paper.







In addition to the restoration, they indulged in an imaginative experiment,
posing a question: What might these intelligent dinosaurs have evolved into
had they not become extinct near the end of the Cretaceous period about 64
million years ago? According to researchers such as Brad Steiger, Val
Valerian, TAL LeVesque and others this may actually be the same type of
entity or entities most commonly described in 'UFO' and Chupacabra
encounters.


Suppose dinosaurs had not become extinct? While we can merely guess how
extra-terrestrials might look, we have a hint of what intelligent life on
Earth might have been like if the history of life on this planet had been
changed just slightly.

What if dinosaurs had continued to evolve? Thatâ??s what Dale Russell, a
palaeontologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature, wondered. Russell
theoretically extended the evolution of the most intelligent known dinosaur,
a long-tailed forest dweller about five feet tall called Stenonychosaurus.
This dinosaur was about the size of a kangaroo and lived 70 or 80 million
years ago in what is now western Canada. It was the smartest dinosaur known,
with a larger brain (compared with body weight) than that of any other
animal
on Earth. After forecasting 50 million years of theoretically evolution,
Russell came up with Dinoman, a hairless green-skinned creature (shown here
beside Stenonychosaurus) with a bulging skull, luminous catlike eyes and
three-fingered hands, not unlike some of the extraterrestrials that have
populated science fiction films.
Dinoman is 4 1/2 feet tall and would have a live weight of about 32
kilograms. It's brain is the same size as that of a human of similar
stature,
about the size of a 13-year-old human. It is warm-blooded.







Since the teeth of Stenonychosaurus were small compared with related
dinosaurs, Russell thinks that teeth may have been on the way out from an
evolutionary standpoint. Dinoman, therefore, had none. Instead, the biting
edges of the mouth are "keratinous occlusal surfaces", similar to those of a
turtle.
What this research suggests is that the humanoid shape might be a natural
form for a creature with a large brain. The general body of the humans - two
arms, two legs and a head on a relatively short neck - is no accident. It is
the most logical arrangement for a big-brained land-dwelling creature. is
shorter than its human counterpart. It's average height would be 4.5 feet,
about the size of a 12 or 13 year old human. Its weight would be about 32
kilograms (about 70 pounds). Russell has postulated that the dinosaur would
have evolved to a toothless state. It would chew on food in a similar way
that a turtle chews on its food, with the hardened edges of its mouth. The
fact that the Dinoman creature evolves in Russell's scheme to a human-like
being is not the result of Russell's anthropocentric bias. The general body
form of humans and Dinoman , having two arms, two legs and a head on a
relatively short neck, comes from evolutionary necessity. It is the most
logical arrangement for a big-brained land-dwelling creature. The height and
stockiness of the creatures gets determined by the gravitational
characteristics of the planet that they are evolving on.


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