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Science Ruined Dinosaurs Again! by Monster-Man-08 Science Ruined Dinosaurs Again! by Monster-Man-08
Darn that science!
By its very nature, paleontology goes through many interpretations of long-extinct animals... some of which are really out there.

R.M. Chandler thought Titanis might have sported clawed hands due to the arms having unusual joints. They aren't THAT unusual.
Edward Drinker Cope thought "Naosaurus" (not realizing the headless body belonged to the bodiless Edaphosaurus skull he found earlier) had a literal set of sails due to the "spikes" on the sides.
Dr W.H. Ballou somehow thought Stegosaurus could glide using its movable plates, and therefore was a direct ancestor of birds!
John McLoughlin thought the frill of Triceratops (and ceratopsians in general) was the anchor for its jaw muscles (and then some).
Roman Boltunov seemed to think that the Mammoth was some type of boar rather than an elephant. He possibly might have thought one tusk pointed forward and the other back... although he may have haphazardly tried to convey they both pointed forward and away from each other. His restoration is somewhat lacking...


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:iconzenoseiya:
Zenoseiya Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
I can actually buy that triceratops had a hump instead of an external frill, given how much shrink wrapping has gone on. Compare the deliberately incorrect reconstructions of hippopotamus, rhino and elephant. 
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heraldodelmoro Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018
He, he, he, I dinosaur that looks like a sailboat... Edward Drinker Cope may not be that good as an paleontologist, but the dude surelly had a Hell of an inagination
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dylan613 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Student Artist
Clearly, Edaphosaurus was also a herbivore, not a carnivore. LOL
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PlagueFatherNurgle Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
Roman Bultunov must have been an idiot. I mean, if you've ever seen an elephant skeleton, you would've known it was proboscidean.
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Titano1975 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
it was 1800
it was Russia
they never saw elephants
lol
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:iconthewatcherofworlds:
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017
Only had boars
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:icontitano1975:
Titano1975 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
yea lmao
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Ceratopsia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Student General Artist
I still have a field guide (dating back to 1983) with Mcloughlin's Triceratops.
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GodDragonKing Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
Okay seriously what possible train of though would lead somebody to think an animal the size of a rhinoceros could glide? And saying the mammoth was a type of boar instead of an elephant, is that supposed to be ALL mammoths?
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aotearoa-geek13 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016
That 'mammoth' looks like if Pumbaa got thrown into a vat of toxic waste and lived to tell the tale! Wut Emote 
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:icongarvals:
Garvals Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2016   Digital Artist
I think nothing can ruin Triceratops. This still looks awesome.
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KallyToonsStudios Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Boltunov's Mammoth became Mammoswine.
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:iconmonster-man-08:
Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
Mamoswine makes a LOT more sense viewed this way. I mean, a boar evolving into a mammoth is pretty weird, but a boar evolving to an obscure boar-like rendition of a mammoth is... well, still pretty weird but there's a crazy sense of logic to it. Plus, Boltunov was working off an actual frozen mammoth (one lacking a trunk, obviously), which nicely ties into Mamoswine's 'Dex entries about it being found frozen.
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KallyToonsStudios Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
LOL
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acepredator Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Lol at flying Stegosaurus
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:iconpcawesomeness:
PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
That mammoth is hilarious.
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Dinoal188 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gahhhh... It's so weird!
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DrNietzsche Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
What the fuck did he expect Triceratops to eat to warrant so much bite-force? Did he assume they subsisted on ripping pieces of granite & marble right out of rock faces or something?
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Although the first interpretations of these animals were pretty much ''funny=entertaining''
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dinoboygreen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
...Interesting interpretations. The mammoth in particular looks like something J.R.R. Tolkien would come up with in his spare time.
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Strikerprime Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Student
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TheAquariumSlider Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Student General Artist
The title should be named how science ruined prehistory because only two creatures are dinosaurs:Triceratops and Titanis.However science make creatures truly cool snd real.
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Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
...and Stegosaurus.

But the title is a playful jab at the typical knee-jerk reaction when it's pointed out certain dinosaurs had feathers or weren't super-smart or whatever, as if SCIENCE was arbitrarily changing the facts because it could. "Prehistory" doesn't quite scream "my childhood" as much as "dinosaurs".
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quiroz2 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
Awesome
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I would love to see an alternative evolution story where these weird interpretations were actually correct. 
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The worst thing about this is when you click on the link and the Mammoth really looks exactly like your version xD I thought you exaggerated
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SaoirseRanekaera Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting interpretations, and I too love dinosaurs and archaeology/paleontology 
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JacobSpencerKaiju79 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015   Traditional Artist
Strangely, Cope's Edaphosaurus might not be too far from the truth when you think of the current idea going on with Dimetrodon (albeit the sails would still be more conventional).
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TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
What would this theory be for Dimetrodon? I'm genuinely interested. Is it pretty much the same as the Edaphosaurus?

- Take Care, Beannacht De Duit
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JacobSpencerKaiju79 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
It's been assume that Dimetrodon was a semi-aquatic animal, that's all.
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:iconstrikerprime:
Strikerprime Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student
And suddenly the Pokemon Mamoswine makes perfect sense! XD
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:iconmonster-man-08:
Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Heh, I was thinking the same thing while drawing this.
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:iconstrikerprime:
Strikerprime Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Student
:nod: XD
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YutyrannusRex Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
The flying stego made me laugh so hard...
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Wittle Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Can't wait to see more flawed interpretations of prehistoric beasties!! The Mammoth and Triceratops kick ass.
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Early interpretations of dinosaurs are so fascinatingly bizarre!
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TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Finally! I've been waiting for more of these. The world needs more retro dinosaurs, especially ones done with this level of inspiration. Well done.

- Take Care, Beannacht De Duit
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
Exactly! These old designs have a lot of personality to them that most modern reconstructions sadly lack.
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TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
I think that it depends. For guys like Todd Marshall, Luis V Rey, and even Kaijusamurai they have presented modern dinosaurs that have managed to reinvent themselves, but it is a balance. Imagination needs to be included for both sides: the retro and the modern/accurate. For example, you can make a superb Knight T-rex but run the rick of still ending up with a pokey thing that looks like it belongs in a B movie or, what every dinosaur fan laments hearing, a lizard. What was the difference? You still have to figure out the mechanics of what makes a retrosaur good, much like how the 2014 Godzilla did when they pretty much made the most convincing retrosaur that we've ever seen.

The same goes for modern ones where you can have Luis Rey make a perfect velociraptor, but you can also have the fool who just makes the thing look fluffy, the antithesis of the lizard and still just as discouraging. The trick is finding something that isn't a gecko, a tweety bird, a lobotomized clod, or a generically "accurate" specimen with no personality to it. Remember, Pokemon gave us a surprise with Tyrantrum: a T-rex that was feathered and yet wasn't fluffy, ornamented and not gaudy, ferocious, but ferocious like a lion.

- Take Care, Beannacht De Duit
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
This post right here pretty much sums up my stance on this issue.
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TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hey, we dinosaur fans typically know what we're talking about. We love them for what they are and not just for what we want them to be: warts and all. To ignore the truth is to lie to one's self and to shut out the possibility of wondrous realities more astounding than anything we could have imagined on our own. That and as Jurassic has shown, we're not doing the Dinosaurs justice by selling them short. Ironically, the series has NOT evolved since it broke ground during times that were just as stagnant as these. It was the last word in prehistory 20 years ago, but the movies are now just like everybody else and that's sad for the king of the dinosaur movies.

- Take Care, Beannacht De Duit
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
I still see a lot of people drawing terror birds with those bitty arms.
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Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Yeah, I noticed that while looking up reference for Titanis. A good number of them, for whatever reasons, have the clawed hands -- even Google's main pic for Titanis has them, which shows up for "related searches". Despite most articles pointing out how incorrect this idea is, it's still become a kind of meme, like venomous Dilophosaurs.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
I guess we just really, really want dinosaurs back? 

Or maybe it's because ostriches actually do have little claws on the wings, so it seems like a fairly reasonable extrapolation?
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just remembering...





...that Mesozoica's phorusrhacid still has those f*cked up claw arms. :XD: (At least their model doesn't have a neck that looks like a dong anymore)...
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YutyrannusRex Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
LOL!
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