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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
needs a makeover to keep up with the latest finds - mainly adding
but the WWD T. rex was much more lifelike than the new one, and had
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.
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