- Apr 28, 2020
- United States
My favorite thing about Dinosaurs is Nathan Murphy. He's the most successful paleontologist in the world, having dug up the most complete dinosaur skeleton in existence. He's also a thief and a convicted felon. If you haven't heard of him it's awesome story and should look him up.Today I learned about Shrink-Wrapped Dinosaur Syndrome
Shrink-Wrapping is the term that's come to be applied to a tendency in paleoart (which until recently was completely the norm) for artists to adhere rigidly and conservatively to the skeletal structure of the animal they're illustrating. In reality though, most animals have a lot of soft tissue covering their bones, not to mention fur and feathers and all kinds of other adornments which wouldn't survive fossilization as well as bones do, so sticking rigidly to bone structure gives us an idea of what extinct animals looked like that is almost certainly wrong.
To illustrate, raptors in the 2000s.
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vs. raptors today.
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To clarify, it's not that dinosaurs actually looked exactly like the second picture, rather that we can't actually know for certain what they looked like but we do know they probably didn't look like their skeletons.