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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 of bio
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 right at

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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