History Literature / TheNewDinosaursAnAlternativeEvolution

10th Mar '16 7:22:09 PM DinoMaurus
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* KrakenAndLeviathan: The [[http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Dixon_2/09_en.htm Kraken]] is portrayed as a gigantic-sized descendant of Ammonites with a large shell that is usually seen from the water surface, often serving as a perching spot for bird and pterosaurs. While it doesn't target human ships, it's still a free-drifting predator that uses its long, skinny tentacles as a trap for anything it can eat, from microscopic food particles to fishes and even plesiosaurs.

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* KrakenAndLeviathan: The [[http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Dixon_2/09_en.htm Kraken]] is portrayed as a gigantic-sized descendant of Ammonites with a large shell that is usually seen from the water surface, often serving as a perching spot for bird birds and pterosaurs. While it doesn't target human ships, it's still a free-drifting predator that uses its long, skinny tentacles as a trap for anything it can eat, from microscopic food particles to fishes and even plesiosaurs.


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* ScaryTeeth: The Cutlasstooth, seen in the book's cover, a bipedal, pack-hunting monstrosity with a head reminiscent of a ''Dunkleosteus''. There's a good reason it earned that name.
10th Mar '16 7:19:48 PM DinoMaurus
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* KrakenAndLeviathan: The [[http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Dixon_2/09_en.htm Kraken]] is portrayed as a gigantic-sized descendant of Ammonites with a large shell that is usually seen from the water surface, often serving as a perching spot for bird and pterosaurs. While it doesn't target human ships, it's still a free-drifting predator that uses its long, skinny tentacles as a trap for anything it can eat, from microscopic food particles to fishes and even plesiosaurs.
19th Oct '15 6:43:22 AM TrollMan
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Similar to Dougal's other work, Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Similar to Dougal's other work, Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture.''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture''.
19th Oct '15 6:32:10 AM TrollMan
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A 1988 book, written by Scottish geologist Creator/DougalDixon about what life on world [[AlternateHistory would be like if]] the meteor that killed the dinosaurs didn't hit the Earth. The book is a SpiritualSuccessor to Dougal's previous Speculative Biology book, Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture, and is presented in a very similar way. However, similar to his previous book, it suffers badly from [[ScienceMarchesOn the progress of science]]; its dinosaurs and other creatures more [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology fanciful than realistic]] nowadays (even back in the day they weren't the most accurate dinosaurs). Even so, its illustrations and descriptions are very good, depicting these nonexistent animals as if they were real.

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A 1988 book, written by Scottish geologist Creator/DougalDixon about what life on world [[AlternateHistory would be like if]] the meteor that killed the dinosaurs didn't hit the Earth. The book is a SpiritualSuccessor to Dougal's previous Speculative Biology book, Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture, ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'', and is presented in a very similar way. However, similar to his previous book, it suffers badly from [[ScienceMarchesOn the progress of science]]; its dinosaurs and other creatures more [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology fanciful than realistic]] nowadays (even back in the day they weren't the most accurate dinosaurs). Even so, its illustrations and descriptions are very good, depicting these nonexistent animals as if they were real.
24th Sep '15 12:00:21 AM tvinsomne
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* ScienceMarchesOn:
** Even at the time, some of the depictions of dinosaurs were sketchy at best, but nowadays they are all completely outdated.
** There's also the issue of [[http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Dixon_2/01/p0012.jpg Dixon's]] [[http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Dixon_2/01/p0014.jpg cladograms]] being rather out of date, even for their time (things like the coelurosaur-carnosaur dichotomy of theropod classification and pachycephalosaurs as ornithopods had been disproven by then).
** Dixon mentions the stegosaur family as casualties of the most recent Ice Age; in reality stegosaurs are now believed to have died off in the Early Cretaceous, well before the end of the Mesozoic era, and the supposed Late Cretaceous stegosaurs have been discredited.
** On the bright side it was one of the first media to depict dinosaurs with filamentous integumentary structures (because at the time adding covering to dinosaurs was highly controversial, but being speculative, this book didn't need to worry about such things), unfortunately they call it fur.
** Oddly enough, some of the concepts originally thought to be implausible or ridiculous at the time of the book's publication have been partially supported by later paleontological finds- including long-legged running pterosaurs, insularly dwarfed dinosaurs, and even brightly-coloured tree-climbing theropods.
21st Feb '15 3:56:37 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** Dixon mentions the stegosaur family as casualties of the most recent Ice Age; in reality stegosaurs are believed to have died off in the Early Cretaceous, well before the end of the Mesozoic era.


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** Dixon mentions the stegosaur family as casualties of the most recent Ice Age; in reality stegosaurs are now believed to have died off in the Early Cretaceous, well before the end of the Mesozoic era, and the supposed Late Cretaceous stegosaurs have been discredited.
20th Feb '15 4:16:32 PM Locoman
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** Dixon mentions the stegosaur family as casualties of the most recent Ice Age; in reality stegosaurs are believed to have died off in the Early Cretaceous, well before the end of the Mesozoic era.
19th Jan '15 9:55:04 AM Shimegi
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** Pterosaurs were on the decline toward the end of the Late Cretaceous;even if the K/T extinction hadn't had happened, they probably wouldn't have survived into the modern era.
13th Jan '15 12:50:44 PM Sheora
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A 1988 book, written by Scottish geologist DougalDixon about what life on world [[AlternateHistory would be like if]] the meteor that killed the dinosaurs didn't hit the Earth. The book is a SpiritualSuccessor to Dougal's previous Speculative Biology book, Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture, and is presented in a very similar way. However, similar to his previous book, it suffers badly from [[ScienceMarchesOn the progress of science]]; its dinosaurs and other creatures more [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology fanciful than realistic]] nowadays (even back in the day they weren't the most accurate dinosaurs). Even so, its illustrations and descriptions are very good, depicting these nonexistent animals as if they were real.

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A 1988 book, written by Scottish geologist DougalDixon Creator/DougalDixon about what life on world [[AlternateHistory would be like if]] the meteor that killed the dinosaurs didn't hit the Earth. The book is a SpiritualSuccessor to Dougal's previous Speculative Biology book, Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture, and is presented in a very similar way. However, similar to his previous book, it suffers badly from [[ScienceMarchesOn the progress of science]]; its dinosaurs and other creatures more [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology fanciful than realistic]] nowadays (even back in the day they weren't the most accurate dinosaurs). Even so, its illustrations and descriptions are very good, depicting these nonexistent animals as if they were real.
25th Sep '14 10:00:00 AM Locoman
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** Pterosaurs were on the decline toward the end of the Late Cretaceous;even if the K/T extinction hadn't had happened, they probably wouldn't have survived into the modern era.
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** Oddly enough, some of the concepts originally thought to be implausible or ridiculous at the time of the book's publication have been partially supported by later paleontological finds- including long-legged running pterosaurs, insularly dwarfed dinosaurs, and even brightly-coloured tree-climbing theropods.
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