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Diplodocus longus by jconway Diplodocus longus by jconway
Yay, meta-palaeontography.

When I was about fourteen or fifteen, I went to an exhibition called "The Great Russian Dinosaurs" at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Fresh-faced from my readings of Bakker, I was excited, and looking for a fight with all the stuffy orthodoxy I read so much about. Luckily, I found myself outraged at once at the mounting of the skeletons. Hadrosaurs rearing high! Ribs not properly swept back! I was spluttering with the kind of smugness that only a teenage fanatic can have, and decided that something must be said. So, I bailed up one of the palaeontologists travelling with the exhibition, and confronted him about one of the most heinous of crimes against the Light of the Dinosaur Renaissance: an ankylosaur with semi-sprawling front legs.

With a supercilious smile I enquire politely as to why he had mounted the creature in such a way. He smiled and said "Real animals move -- they change position sometimes". How was I supposed to fight with that? All my trackway data, my shoulder anatomy arguments, rendered moot by an evasive side-step. So, I thought, I suspect this man is an idiot; and I know just how to test him: asked him if he thought Velociraptor had feathers. "Maybe" he said, without a trace of sarcasm. Foiled! I stalked of to visualise the most feathers, erectest gaits, hottest blood, and fastest running dinosaurs I could from those evil mounts.

What's the point of all this you ask? Well...

My betrayal of the dinosaur renaissance. Guess what teenage John, sauropods were scaley and spikey. Sometimes they dragged their tails on the ground. And maybe they weren't always standing on their back legs to feed or fend off an Allosaurus running at a gazillion miles an hour.
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Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Would say the same as "Tomozaurus" (sorry, but... yes) But... well...

"Because animals move" is the most common argument.

But... yeah... Of course a sauropod could have layed down its tail, when resting, if it wanted to. Animals always like to do ridiculous stuff, right (You know it...)? What Does The Fox Say 

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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome sauropod.
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gdog00 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Sad to see a tail drag.
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ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
"dude" yes I am a writer..cant type worth shit ,punctuation is off but thats what editors are for home-boy...
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Editors will sometimes tell a writer who can't (won't) punctuate properly to take a hike, unless you're friends with one or have pics of them in coitus with a donkey.

Why not learn some basics? Not learning basic punctuation and claiming to be a writer is like claiming to be a NASCAR racer and not knowing how to steer your car.

I remember quite well reviewing stories on another site. Some writers seemed to feel (flat out said so) that punctuation and spelling were of no importance. Frankly, that attitude is appalling. Here were good to excellent stories that I had to trudge through simply to get the meaning of what they had written. It was like eating eating good food served in a bowl made of cow dung.

Have some care for your craft. If you care so little for punctuation and spacing and such, I will not read past the first few paragraphs. If you are unable to handle those aspects, get someone to edit it for you BEFORE submission, whether here or for a serious publisher.

You certainly look like you're talented as a graphic artist; nice work!--so giving the writing aspect some work should come naturally.

And thank you for your kind words about paleoartists. I think paleoart and its creators are awesome too!
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ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
that is why we have EDITORS!!!AND I AM NOT A GRAPHIC ARTIST I WRITE PALEOFICTION.THAT IS WHY SPIELBERG FIRED THE WHOLE WRITEING STAFF IS THEY WERE SO CAUGHT UP IN PICKING IT APART,THEY WERENT GETTING ANYWHERE WITH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.WHAT YOU HAVE READ IS CALLED AN UN-EDITED "DRAFT".SO FAR I AM STILL WRITING ON STAFF AND WE ARE LOOKING INTO A 2ND SEASON.SO I MUST BE GETTING SOMETHING RIGHT MY FRIEND.ALOHA,PEACE/OUT
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'll make sense out of what you said some time.
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ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
no need-sometimes the best thing to do is have a coke and a smile and shut the f--- up-! we live in a world where so many people got nothing better to do than pick other apart.me ;I dont have that problem,I lift others up,bolster the self esteem,and watch them go!the finest paleoartists IN THE WORLD illustrate my books for me and FOX has allready called me back for more!?! may not live up to your idea of what writers should be like but then again;who are you?all I did was give you the good word ,so why dont you just step off?I will be over here,you over there and as we say here on the Island of Kauaii,"ALOHA and mind you own culiana!
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Who are these finest paleoartists? Anyone I know? And if you can't take the critique, stay away from the heat.

And remember this--if it looks like crap, tastes like crap, smells like crap, and IS crap, it's still crap, no matter HOW many dung beetles eat it. Crap does have its place in the world; in the world of writing and art--as something to point to and say, "This is crap, this over here is good." We need examples both good and bad. Where do you fall in?
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ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
you are pathetic..as far as "anyone you know" goes ;I doubt it,way out of your league and as far as if I can take the heat little boy? anything your faggity little self has;other than sitting over there taking cheap shots at others when nobody knows you and nobody cares.as far as who I am? that would be 1ST LIEUTENANT KENNEY E. SILLS/OF THE 2ND AIRBORNE RANGERS,U.S.ARMY. not that it matters...
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