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Re: BBC Planet Dinosaur
I definitively agree.
The feathering looks sparse, flat and not very convincing specially
in the crucial places... and of course a lot of people will object to
say "gliding" and the mere concept of arboreality in some of these
dinosaurs (that discounting the venomous Sinornithosaurus!)... but
hey, that's why they insist in the "speculation" term. And I can't
blame them for that!
On 23 Sep 2011, at 21:37, Jason Brougham wrote:
One big anatomical oversight is that the primary feathers on
Microraptor and Sinornithosaurus attach to the third, rather than
second, finger. And the wings don't fold so great. The
Epidendrosaurus without feathers is a bummer.
But overall I think there is a lot to like with these
reconstructions. At least they are lively little fellows.
On Sep 23, 2011, at 4:31 PM, Habib, Michael wrote:
On Sep 23, 2011, at 2:03 PM, K Kripchak wrote:
...seeing Microraptor and Sinornithosaurus reconstructed as
gliding animals was,
for lack of a better word, silly... They looked silly. A waste
material. Not one arm flap... not one... Just a lot of scampering up
trees and jumping into the air like lemurs or flying squirls with
outstretched arms to glide from tree to tree. It didn't look
Like I said, pointless observation in terms of science... but I tell
ya... it just didn't look right.
Having managed to get some stills from the series, I am at least
happy to see that the Microraptor model doesn't use an extreme
sprawl in the hind limbs. However, they hindfoils do seem
undersized and the limb position is still a bit odd, so I think
the animators may have struggled with the hindfoil situation a
bit. Still, a lot better than just about any other reconstruction
currently available in that regard.
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