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Listen guys .. I couldn't agree with you more.
Dinosaurs are now dynamic, colorful, fully activated,
more complex .. but something is missing. Perhaps it's
my imprinting as a child.

Sure .. in the 50s .. dinos were awful, dull, colorless,
anatomically ill concieved, more fantasy than real .. but
not all.

As for what I'm getting at .. take a look see at one of Mark
Hallet's duo T.rexes from the child's book "ZOO BOOKS". Look
at the T.rex in the background with its vertebral column oriented
upwards at 30 degrees. She's awesome in her majesty. A modern
reconstruction updating the old without losing any sense of the
original majesty.

Look at this and give us your comments.


> Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:56:13 +1100
> From: tijawi@gmail.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Raptorial Talon <raptorialtalon@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I dunno, that seems pretty subjective and hard to verify (in terms of
> > how modern kids are thinking of it). I offer a counterexample: I
> > started out (albeit rather later, in the 80's) with plenty of old
> > books that had fully upright theropods, but I rapidly absorbed new
> > information about them being faster, less tail-draggingly-lizardlike
> > animals, precisely because for them to be faster and more alert seemed
> > far more impressive and dignified to me. (That, and I valued being
> > up-to-date on professional ideas.) As I encountered new and better
> > illustrations, the transition from plodding lizard-kangaroos to sleek,
> > dynamic, vibrant animals was one I never wanted to go back on.
> >
> > Then as now, I'd take a swift, potent, 13 m *Tyrannosaurus* over a
> > lumbering, lumpy, 17 m *Tyrannosaurus* any day.
> I fully agree. I think these "new" theropods are far more majestic -
> now that their tails are not dragging along the ground, and the
> forelimbs are not sticking out the front like some mindless
> brain-seeking zombie.
> The theropod tail is held off the ground, and the forelimbs are held
> under the body (and are often folded). IMHO these theropods are not
> just more dynamic, but also (unsurprisingly!) more bird-like.
> Cheers
> Tim