History Literature / RaptorRed

27th Jul '16 10:34:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The whip-tail. [[spoiler:After its first TailSlap knocks Raptor Red's sister down and she stops moving, [[MakeSureHesDead it closes in and hits her three more times.]]]]


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* MakeSureHesDead: The whip-tail. [[spoiler:After its first TailSlap knocks Raptor Red's sister down and she stops moving, it closes in and hits her three more times.]]
15th Jun '16 2:56:11 PM schoi30
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* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Mostly averted, since the author actually ''is'' a paleontologist. If anyone's crying, it's probably because they don't agree with Bakker's views or because [[ScienceMarchesOn Science Has Marched On]] - the book came out in 1995, and was pretty accurate up to that year.\\
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There was one flaw, but its only one that someone who really pays attention to paleontology would notice. ''Utahraptor'' was from the Barremian stages of the Early Cretaceous. ''Acrocanthosaurus'' was from the Aptian and Albian stages of the Early Cretaceous. While most people (with the exception of some incredibly pedant paleontologists) will allow some overlap of dinosaur taxa from neighboring stages due to the patchiness of the fossil record, ''Acrocanthosaurus'' rose to prominence ''after'' ''Utahraptor''. Thereby making the ending where the Acros were nearly wiped out by plague allowing ''Utahraptor'' to dominate the continent temporally inconsistent. If anything, ''Utahraptor'' would have been the one to go first.

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* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Mostly averted, since the author actually ''is'' a paleontologist. If anyone's crying, it's probably because they don't agree with Bakker's views or because [[ScienceMarchesOn Science Has Marched On]] - the book came out in 1995, and was pretty accurate up to that year.\\
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There was one flaw, but its only one that someone who really pays attention to paleontology would notice. ''Utahraptor'' was from the Barremian stages of the Early Cretaceous. ''Acrocanthosaurus'' was from the Aptian and Albian stages of the Early Cretaceous. While most people (with the exception of some incredibly pedant paleontologists) will allow some overlap of dinosaur taxa from neighboring stages due to the patchiness of the fossil record, ''Acrocanthosaurus'' rose to prominence ''after'' ''Utahraptor''. Thereby making the ending where the Acros were nearly wiped out by plague allowing ''Utahraptor'' to dominate the continent temporally inconsistent. If anything, ''Utahraptor'' would have been the one to go first.
12th Jun '16 9:01:54 PM schoi30
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* HerbivoresAreFriendly: Averted. Helps that this is written by a paleontologist who frequently points out in his works how ''dead wrong'' this trope is.

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* HerbivoresAreFriendly: Averted. The herbivorous dinosaurs fight back when they are threatened, and they are very good at it too. Helps that this is written by a paleontologist who frequently points out in his works how ''dead wrong'' this trope is.
27th Dec '15 5:19:23 AM Raptorslash
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* DumbDinos: Averted - the dinosaurs' intelligence is portrayed more realistically, and all of them are fully functional in their environment.
6th Nov '15 6:33:31 AM albertonykus
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* AccidentalHero: When the ''Aegialodon'' gobbles up a swarm of assassin bugs, he is only trying to fulfill his hunger, but he also saves the ''Utahraptor'' from a fatal disease that would have been transmitted by the bugs.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: Raptor Red exploits this by [[spoiler: leading an ''Acrocanthosaurus'' into the jaws of a ''Kronosaurus'']].



* BigEater: Like modern small mammals, the high metabolism and small body size of the ''Aegialodon'' mean that he has to eat almost constantly during his waking hours.



* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: A ''Bernissartia'' is a minor character.

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* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: A ''Bernissartia'' is a minor character. ''Utahraptor'' did not coexist with any of the known [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcosuchus giant]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinosuchus crocodylomorphs]] of the Mesozoic, but smaller species are still mentioned as a potential threat to juvenile ''Utahraptor''.



* TurtlePower: One chapter focuses on a ''Trinitichelys''.

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* TurtlePower: One chapter focuses on a ''Trinitichelys''.''Trinitichelys'', contrasting her highly asocial lifestyle with that of the ''Utahraptor'' and demonstrating the effectiveness of the turtle shell as a defense. Even Raptor Red, a highly intelligent predator for her time, cannot figure out how to get past the shell of a living turtle, despite having scavenged on dead ones.
5th Nov '15 9:41:06 PM schoi30
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* StockDinosaurs: Pretty much limited to ''Deinonychus'', ''Iguanodon'' and arguably ''Utahraptor''. Generic ornithomimosaurs and a diplodocid appear as well. The other dinosaurs are much less familiar -- ''Acrocanthosaurus'' (a big theropod possibly related to ''Allosaurus''), ''Astrodon'' (a smallish-by-sauropod-standards relative of ''Brachiosaurus''), and the ankylosaur ''Gastonia'' (which hadn't even been described at the time the book was published).

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* StockDinosaurs: Pretty much limited to ''Deinonychus'', ''Iguanodon'' and arguably ''Utahraptor''. Generic ornithomimosaurs ornithomimosaurs, an elasmosaurid, and a diplodocid appear as well. The other dinosaurs are much less familiar -- ''Acrocanthosaurus'' (a big theropod possibly related to ''Allosaurus''), ''Astrodon'' (a smallish-by-sauropod-standards relative of ''Brachiosaurus''), and the ankylosaur ''Gastonia'' (which hadn't even been described at the time the book was published).
5th Nov '15 9:40:39 PM schoi30
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* SeldomSeenSpecies: ''Acrocanthosaurus'', ''Kronosaurus'', ''Gastonia'', ''Aegialodon'', ''Trinitichelys'', ''Ornithodesmus'', ''Platypterygius'', ''Astrodon'', and ''Bernissartia''. The White Dactyl's species is implied to be an ''Ornithocheirus'' in the text. The unidentified segnosaur qualifies as well. Even ''Utahraptor'' itself is this to some extent.

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* SeldomSeenSpecies: ''Acrocanthosaurus'', ''Kronosaurus'', ''Gastonia'', ''Aegialodon'', ''Trinitichelys'', ''Ornithodesmus'', ''Platypterygius'', ''Astrodon'', and ''Bernissartia''. The White Dactyl's species is implied to be an ''Ornithocheirus'' in the text. The unidentified segnosaur qualifies and troodontids qualify as well. Even ''Utahraptor'' itself is this to some extent.
5th Nov '15 9:38:15 PM schoi30
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* SeldomSeenSpecies: ''Acrocanthosaurus'', ''Kronosaurus'', ''Gastonia'', ''Aegialodon'', ''Trinitichelys'', ''Ornithodesmus'', ''Platypterygius'', ''Astrodon'', and ''Bernissartia''. The White Dactyl's species is never given, but most depictions of him imply that he's an unspecified species of ornithocheirid. The unidentified segnosaur qualifies as well. Even ''Utahraptor'' itself is this to some extent.

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* SeldomSeenSpecies: ''Acrocanthosaurus'', ''Kronosaurus'', ''Gastonia'', ''Aegialodon'', ''Trinitichelys'', ''Ornithodesmus'', ''Platypterygius'', ''Astrodon'', and ''Bernissartia''. The White Dactyl's species is never given, but most depictions of him imply that he's implied to be an unspecified species of ornithocheirid.''Ornithocheirus'' in the text. The unidentified segnosaur qualifies as well. Even ''Utahraptor'' itself is this to some extent.
27th Oct '15 12:49:47 PM notShemp
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* DevouredByTheHorde: There are several scenes where the Utahraptors hunt prey in this manner, much as they are thought to have done in real life.
21st Oct '15 6:26:13 PM McJeff
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* KilledOffForReal: The novel starts with [[spoiler:Raptor Red's original mate]] getting killed when an Astrodon corpse rolls over on him and drowns him in mud.
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