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On 5/14/2018 at 7:00 PM, THEANGEL&THEGAMBLER said:

 

Don't forget something to show it's the size of a chicken! (This was actually known prior to Jurassic Park. The JP Raptors were actually based on the larger Deinonychus. If you can figure out how to pronounce Deinonychus, you can probably also figure out why they decided to stick with Velociraptor in the movies and merchandise.)

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37 minutes ago, MCM0313 said:

 

Don't forget something to show it's the size of a chicken! (This was actually known prior to Jurassic Park. The JP Raptors were actually based on the larger Deinonychus. If you can figure out how to pronounce Deinonychus, you can probably also figure out why they decided to stick with Velociraptor in the movies and merchandise.)

 

I think it's turkey-sized actually. And while the movie was being made they found the Utahraptor, which was even more like the movie raptors than deinonychus, except that it had feathers. The Jurassic Park dinosaurs not having feathers can be explained away by the scientists filling in the gaps with frog DNA.

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Paleoart has thankfully moved away from the “shrink wrap” illustration style. Conway, Kosemen and Naish’s book All Yesterdays demonstrates the pitfalls of that style:

 

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That’s a horse, done up in the “shrink wrap” style. While it may be more “badass,” it’s hardly accurate.

 

With the Raptors, the evolving nature of paleoart makes such an identity flawed from the get-go. Maybe it would be better to get away from the whole “we saw Jurassic Park and thought it was cool” name, seeing as how it’s so downplayed in their set.

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11 hours ago, SFGiants58 said:

Maybe it would be better to get away from the whole “we saw Jurassic Park and thought it was cool” name, seeing as how it’s so downplayed in their set.

 

My nine-year-old self says, "Jurassic Park is still cool, so how about no, Scott?"

 

Actually, Austin Powers wasn't a thing in 1993, so he doesn't say that second part.

 

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