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My T-rex is an Ostrich?? Dinos evolve in Art

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February 2nd, 2010

dino art or birds 550x400 My T rex is an Ostrich?? Dinos evolve in ArtOk, this picture doesn’t exactly represent what I’m getting at here, but who can turn down a chance to put up a “Dinosaucers” still for all to see. And it does kind of fit in with the story in a round about kind of way…Anyway…

Dinosaurs as we have known them, loved them, and played make believe with them, have been a part of our culture since the first discovery of a bone so so many years ago. Since then  scientists, artists, and admirers alike have wondered, proclaimed and imagined what the giant beasts looked like or could have been like.  Large scales, rough hides, dull colors, bright colors, stripes – everything you can think of has been set down. From Jurassic Park and cartoons like Dinosaucers, to the images in museums across the world; these depictions were relatively uniform in style and concept. Until “It” happened.

The “It” is of course is the “bird theory” – the theory that dinosaurs evolved (or devolved some might argue) into birds that we see today -and it has forced its big-eyed, insect eating, avian head into our consciousness and ruined all our terrible lizard fantasies from childhood. The theory has not gone without its detractors, as many have said and still say that the evolution of  dinosaurs into birds cannot be proven, and that there is no basis for it. The point of all this though, is that with every new theory, supposition, and wild procolamation the art or design of dinosaurs has changed. National Geographic details some of the history of this, in a new article featured on their site. You can see in the examples that some have the “classic” look while others, obviously more recent, are adorned with feathers. These various, and some times contradicting theories have been keeping artists busy over the years and the way things are going, it looks like they’ll have much more work ahead of them….I guess the only evolution that all can agree on is the evolving design of our favorite extinct playthings. (I had that JP raptor action figure back in the day!)

Now If we could only bring ‘em back to life none of this would be necessary…

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    This picture’s amazing. It all at once depicts movement and stillness, evoking both thoughts of confused creatures and that which is extinct. The colours of the dino in the forefront keep drawing my eye back to the left side of the picture and then drawing me back in to the semi-circle of creatures again. Interesting find!

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