Now, let me state right out: I'm not going to
All of Dixon's speculative dinosaurs have a furry body covering. But the first weird thing I noticed was just that: they are covered in fur. Not feathers or down, fur. It looked weird then and it looks weird now, but I guess you can pretend it's all down, feather spikes, whatever.
There are also a fair number of classification SNAFUs. It wasn't very long ago that all small theropods were classified as "Ceolurosaurs" and all the big ones were classified as "Carnosaurs". (In hindsight, this makes as much sense as putting Ocelots and Foxes in one category and Lions and Wolves in a different category.) It's going to be a little harder to ignore this but I'll try.
I'm approaching this book strictly from a creature design standpoint. Which animals still look plausible and which ones don't hold up? We'll start with the animals who are still pretty cool. As with each of these posts, the animals will be listed in the rough order you meet them in the book.
(NOTE: In case you are heading over to Amazon to read along with me, make sure you don't confuse The New Dinosaurs by Dougal Dixon with The New Dinosaurs by William Stout. Not that Stout's book isn't awesome in it's own right, but couldn't he find a better name for the reissue?)
Anyway, asymmetry is always fun to see in creature design, and this badass is no exception. I'm not sure about the main weapon being attached to a long, skinny modified hand bone though.
Then I started wondering exactly how he's supposed to chew...
So we've covered the animals who still look cool. Next up, the animals who made me say, "WTF?" There are, as we shall see, quite a few of them...
More in this series: Part Two, Part Three.
Happy "Star Wars" Day! Funny, I had to be reminded about this by the other blogs in my watch list, yet I have a post for Towel Day already written and ready to post. Huh.