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Bronze Age

Part of a series of illustrations I'm thinking of doing highlighting dinosauroid cultural development. Each illustration would highlight a different subspecies and time period.

(Plus, I think I'm in love with the 'futura' font. It just helps with establishing an awesome fifties science textbook vibe to the image, as well. )
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chinmoy808's avatar
I want a sculpture of these guys
Lightning-sky's avatar
Do they have guns? If they did that would be terrifying.
NachoMon's avatar
I love it! I´m now working on a fantasy project involving dinosaurs, american natives and a sort of mad max background!
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ImpirrenRyRy's avatar
Finally someone posts an intelligent bird/dinosaur with a pet.
platypus12's avatar
How long do you suppose it would take a species to get from stone age to bronze age or iron age?
TheHarpyEagle's avatar
Would vary quite heavily on the species and the distribution of needed minerals.
Heytomemeimhome's avatar
This is amazing I can't wait for further cultural advances...
carriebailey's avatar
Inspiring and awesome.
Caessaes's avatar
Have to be hard design things for a non-human body type, n special when mouth is a third hand. But this stuff is very realistic.
Leggurm's avatar
Why are their knives shaped like that? Is it to do with the Dinosauroids anatomy or something else?
Rodrigo-Vega's avatar
The fact that these bird-like dinosaurs have trained hunting birds just slightly smaller than them is awesome.
I seriously want to see what kinds of empires does the Dinosauroids make. Or are you not so good in xenosocial sciences?
povorot's avatar
Well, why would empire be inevitable? Cultural evolution has no destination any more then biological evolution does.

That being said, I admit that my knowledge of the para-xeno-social sciences is a little lacking...
Well, one pack of Dinosauroids gets greedy and conquers all the other packs to expand territory.....And, you know the rest...Remember, Dinosauroids most likely will have territorially ancestor...
EvilGermanTier's avatar
Dude, how do they make their own armor ?
souhjiro's avatar
The similarity betwen the hunter and the pet is like humans had trained chimpanzees instead to dogs to boggles the mind
Kladdpapper's avatar
Lovely details and a really nice concept! I like it a lot :D
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AJTalon's avatar
Very fascinating. I don't think they'd go to an industrial revolution as quickly as us though-For one thing, they have feathers. While they'd want shelter, there's less incentive to find better ways to warm houses when you've got yourself a feathery coat all the time. Though of course there are other ways to get into an industrial revolution...
bensen-daniel's avatar
The hunting bird is interesting in this picture. Even when H. sapiens was young, there weren't that many other hominids, or even apes, and since then we've done a pretty good job of killing off the rest. If there is a big diversity of dromaeosaurs, it would do some really interesting things to their development. What sort of relationships do they form with unintelligent cousin species? After all, these species must all eat similar things, what keeps them from competing?
povorot's avatar
Well, you have to remember, a lot can happen in sixty-five million years. I’ve made it so the world, along with heaps of successful mammals and oviraptorans, has deinonychosaurs - giant, beaked troodontid herbivores, tiny raptor-beaked flying troodontids, para-tyrannosaurid dromaeosaurs, and more conservative velociraptor-y fellas - in great abundance. So, accordingly, a pseudo-avian predatory troodontid and a highly intelligent omnivorous troodontid are not really that closely related anymore - perhaps as close as a cat is to a hyena.
The relationship between the two is closest to our relationship with dogs, or hunting falcons, even - they’re used to flush out/catch prey, act as a warning system - a whole bunch of things.
And the question of “what keeps them from competing?” isn’t really a good one - what, after all, keeps hyenas from competing with lions? Does anything? Why are they both still around if they eat the same shit? The same selective pressures that create all these ecological niches would still, to some extent, apply to dromaeosaurs and relatives.
bensen-daniel's avatar
Yes, but dogs and hunting falcons are useful because they can do things that humans can't, i.e. smell better, run more quickly, and fly (respectively).
So I suppose my question (not a very hard one) is what can the domesticated troodontids do that their masters can't?

hyenas and lions don't eat exactly the same stuff. They have different hunting strategies, which opens different species to predation. Yes, both species are capable of poaching kills from the other (lions can drive hyenas away from fresh kills, and hyenas are capable of eating bone-marrow that lions can't get to), but they are clearly capable of niche-partitioning.

My assumption here (and it may not be true---how many intelligent species do we know of?) is that human intelligence threw open new resources for us (as tools allowed us to hunt and gather a greater range of food, and live in a wider range of habitats). That translates into a larger niche, and increases the number of species with which we compete. Logically, the species that suffer the most intense competition would be the ones most similar to the intelligent species in question. Animals that remain can do something that the intelligent species can't. This leads to the same question I asked in the first paragraph.
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