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Re: BBC Planet Dinosaur


Oh, you are definitely correct about the reconstructions. Very well
done, but with their own peculiarities. In particular, I also thought
the hindfoil was again too small... That seems to be a common mistake
we unfortunately see a lot.


On Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 10:31 PM, Habib, Michael <MHabib@chatham.edu> 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
>> all.
>> 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.
> Cheers,
> --Mike H.
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