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> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
> Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 11:22 PM
> On 04/29/2013 04:16 PM, GSP1954@aol.com wrote:
> > Is it really too much to ask the people doing digital dinosaur
> > animation to at least try to get things close to right?
> > The third NOVA program on Australia. Hadrosaurs galloping on their
> > slender forelimbs. No way, they trotted or paced using the arms to add
> > some speed and especially turning agility. (Some of the footage may
> > have been picked up from an earlier program.) Galloping Triceratops.
> > Even assuming it was as fast as rhinos the trot/gallop transition
> > speed at that mass is so high that it would probably have trotted or
> > paced, even if smaller ceratopsians galloped at that speed. And stiff
> > backed running quadrupedal dinosaurs may never have galloped like
> > flexible backed quad mammals. Stegosaurs trotting when at most they
> > ambled like elephants. The sauropods were walking with absurdly flexed
> > elbows. The sauropod skin was all wrong. Sort of like
> crocodilians. Why?
> > We have samples of sauropod skin. All these decades of publishing on
> > this stuff and often its like we are still in the early 70s.
> Yeah - I saw that. That wasn't even the worse of the inaccuracies of that
> series. It was just a god aweful Nova series. I also
> you have to sit through the first 20 minutes to hear the same hype over and
> over until finally a single point is made. Sometimes
> they are making these science shows for the handicapped.
Many of the CGI dinosaurs were from previous documentaries, not new for this
program. (The overly-scaled titanosaurs, however, were
And I disagree STRONGLY with Ruben re: the quality of the show. Over the course
of the first three episodes they have included a lot
of information that simply doesn't get out to the general public.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Mailing Address: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology
Building 237, Room 1117
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA