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Re: Follow-up: the truth about killer dinosaurs

On 30 Aug 2005, at 09:38, John Hunt wrote:

Not sure why Luis was thankful the animation was not from WWD. It really
needs a makeover to keep up with the latest finds - mainly adding feathers,
but the WWD T. rex was much more lifelike than the new one, and had also not
just been to the dentist!

Can't agree, I'm afraid. First I would always advocate diversity and keep away from cliches (and WWD could become a cliche very easily) so any new reconstruction seen from a different artistic point of view is almost always refreshing (unless it is deadly wrong, and despite the long strides, wide skull and some minor defects in the animation, the T.rex from "The Truth of the Killer Dinosaurs" looked pretty decent to me).
Secondly, It has always been difficult to me to understand how - after so many good specimens and perfect, completely restored Tyrannosaurus skulls and anatomical treaties- a professional can still get it wrong. And that is exactly what they did in Walking With Dinosaurs: get the back of the skull (including the area of the temporal fenestrae and the muscular attachments of the lower jaw to the skull) completely >wrong<. The T. rex there is a chimera: the proportions are not quite right and the attachment of the skull to the neck looks also completely artificial.
To me, the general look of the WWD T.rex is more like a sophisticated, glorified version of one of the vilest T.rex puppets ever to star in a publication (namely "Tyrannosaurus, On The Trail Of The Ferocious Meat-Eating Dinosaur", Dorling Kindersley 1992). The WWD team took a while to get their dinosaurs completely right... the Allosaurus from "Ballad of Big Al" was pretty decent at last.

Luis Rey.

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