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18th Sep '16 9:36:46 PM schoi30
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* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'': The Dodos are in fact extinct, but they didn't die out during the Ice Age. They were wiped out by man very quickly after discovering the remote island of Mauritius were they used to live. Not mainly for food (they tasted awful), but simply as some sort of sport... They were in no way "too dumb to live" as portrayed in the movie, but just evolutionary unfit for the challenge by naked apes who, after a long sea travel, would see clubbing fat flightless birds as appropriate entertainment. (Of course, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surplus_killing many predators will kill prey animals even if they're not currently hungry]], possibly because having carrion on hand that you recently had no use for can be quite helpful. Humans are just the only ones that guilt-trip over it.)
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'':
** There is a creature which is identified as an aardvark, but though it has the ears of an aardvark, it has the bushy tail of a giant anteater, and its snout is weirdly elongated to be reminiscent of an anteater (not an aardvark), but that animal would have a tiny mouth at the tip of its snout, whereas the cartoon critter has its mouth at the base. Also, Scrat the proto-squirrel has huge saber-like canine teeth. Being rodents, squirrels -- even prehistoric ones -- don't have canines at all.
** The authors have said in an interview that it was PlayedForLaughs. Later crosses into AccidentallyAccurate since [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/11/03/141997834/scientists-unveil-fossil-of-saber-toothed-squirrel-that-lived-among-dinos a recently discovered prehistoric mammal was indeed squirrel-like]], [[ScienceMarchesOn and did indeed have fangs]]. It was not a rodent though, and lived in the ''Mesozoic'', not in the Cenozoic, much less the last ice age.

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* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'': ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'':
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The Dodos are in fact extinct, but they didn't die out during the Ice Age. They were wiped out by man very quickly after discovering the remote island of Mauritius were they used to live. Not mainly for food (they tasted awful), but simply as some sort of sport... They were in no way "too dumb to live" as portrayed in the movie, but just evolutionary unfit for the challenge by naked apes who, after a long sea travel, would see clubbing fat flightless birds as appropriate entertainment. (Of course, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surplus_killing many predators will kill prey animals even if they're not currently hungry]], possibly because having carrion on hand that you recently had no use for can be quite helpful. Humans are just the only ones that guilt-trip over it.)
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'':
** There is a creature which is identified as an aardvark, but though it has the ears of an aardvark, it has the bushy tail of a giant anteater, and its snout is weirdly elongated to be reminiscent of an anteater (not an aardvark), but that animal would have a tiny mouth at the tip of its snout, whereas the cartoon critter has its mouth at the base. Also,
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Scrat the proto-squirrel has huge saber-like canine teeth. Being rodents, squirrels -- even prehistoric ones -- don't have canines at all.
** The
all. Although the authors have said in an interview that it was PlayedForLaughs. Later crosses into AccidentallyAccurate since [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/11/03/141997834/scientists-unveil-fossil-of-saber-toothed-squirrel-that-lived-among-dinos a recently discovered prehistoric mammal was indeed squirrel-like]], [[ScienceMarchesOn and did indeed have fangs]]. It was not a rodent though, and lived in the ''Mesozoic'', not in the Cenozoic, much less the last ice age.
14th Sep '16 5:44:46 PM ANTMuddle
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** Beavers are drawn with [[TypicalCartoonAnimalColors white incisors]]. Real beavers have orange incisors. Which might come off as ''even more'' cartoonish and unrealistic to anyone who isn't familiar with real beavers.

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** Beavers are drawn with [[TypicalCartoonAnimalColors white incisors]]. Real beavers have orange incisors. Which might come off as ''even more'' cartoonish and unrealistic to anyone who isn't familiar with real beavers.



** Whenever a unicorn is shown wearing a helmet (most often Sweetie Belle), it's structured exactly like the helmets worn by other pony species. Given that the height of the horn is above the depth of the helmet layer, that kind of helmet wouldn't fit in the first place. Also see "The Cart Before the Ponies," which has other unicorns (Rarity, Snips) wearing this type of helmet.

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** Whenever a unicorn is shown wearing a helmet (most often Sweetie Belle), it's structured exactly like the helmets worn by other pony species. Given that the height of the horn is above the depth of the helmet layer, that kind of helmet wouldn't fit them in the first place. place. Also see "The Cart Before the Ponies," in which has other unicorns (Rarity, Snips) Rarity and Snips are wearing this type of helmet.similarly constructed helmets.
14th Sep '16 5:41:36 PM ANTMuddle
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** Any episode where a unicorn is shown wearing a helmet (most often Sweetie Belle) qualifies. Never mind damaging the horn, a standard helmet wouldn't be able to get on a unicorn's head in the first place. Not without a hole in the precise spot where the horn could pass through.



** Beavers are drawn with [[TypicalCartoonAnimalColors white incisors]]. Real beavers have orange incisors.

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** Beavers are drawn with [[TypicalCartoonAnimalColors white incisors]]. Real beavers have orange incisors. Which might come off as ''even more'' cartoonish and unrealistic to anyone who isn't familiar with real beavers.



* Whenever a unicorn is shown wearing a helmet (most often Sweetie Belle), it's structured exactly like the helmets worn by pegasus and Earth pony species. Given that the height of the horn is above the depth of the helmet layer, they'd need a holed helmet to have it fit properly. Also see "The Cart Before the Ponies," which has other unicorns wearing this type of helmet.

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* ** Whenever a unicorn is shown wearing a helmet (most often Sweetie Belle), it's structured exactly like the helmets worn by pegasus and Earth other pony species. Given that the height of the horn is above the depth of the helmet layer, they'd need a holed that kind of helmet to have it wouldn't fit properly. in the first place. Also see "The Cart Before the Ponies," which has other unicorns (Rarity, Snips) wearing this type of helmet.
14th Sep '16 5:34:21 PM ANTMuddle
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* In ''Fanfic/TheDarkerKnight'' Batman's batarang hits "Too-Face" in non-vital organs...like his liver and intestines.

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** Any episode where a unicorn is shown wearing a helmet (most often Sweetie Belle) qualifies. Never mind damaging the horn, a standard helmet wouldn't be able to get on a unicorn's head in the first place. Not without a hole in the precise spot where the horn could pass through.
* In ''Fanfic/TheDarkerKnight'' Batman's batarang hits "Too-Face" in non-vital organs... like his liver and intestines.
11th Sep '16 10:32:53 AM DrNoPuma
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10th Sep '16 3:18:01 PM CelestialDraco
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** The interior of the whale's throat is too large. While blue whales have a gigantic '''''mouth''''', their throat is tiny and unable to swallow anything larger a beach ball.

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** The interior of the whale's throat is too large. While blue whales have a gigantic '''''mouth''''', their throat is tiny and unable to swallow anything larger than a beach ball.
8th Sep '16 1:20:10 PM ANTMuddle
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** Fanfic writers generally tend to forget that horses can't vomit--although, to be fair, ''so does the show'', given the many instances of ponies vomiting (such as in response to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason disgusting pastry]]).

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** Fanfic writers generally tend to forget that horses can't vomit--although, vomit -- although, to be fair, ''so does the show'', given the many instances of ponies vomiting (such as in response to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason disgusting pastry]]).



** Beavers are drawn with [[TypicalCartoonAnimalColors white incisors]]. Real beavers have orange incisors

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** Beavers are drawn with [[TypicalCartoonAnimalColors white incisors]]. Real beavers have orange incisorsincisors.


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* Whenever a unicorn is shown wearing a helmet (most often Sweetie Belle), it's structured exactly like the helmets worn by pegasus and Earth pony species. Given that the height of the horn is above the depth of the helmet layer, they'd need a holed helmet to have it fit properly. Also see "The Cart Before the Ponies," which has other unicorns wearing this type of helmet.
5th Sep '16 11:58:01 AM erforce
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* Going past all of the usual dragon examples that would apply to the beast from ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' (like wingspan), how does a heart that can fit in a man's fist pump blood through the body of a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever seventy foot long]] [[IfItSwimsItFlies flying and swimming]] reptile? Never mind that a heart in the neck protected by tracing paper is a bad idea anyway. Blocking the trachea and being easily ripped out are not desirable traits in a heart. Although being the product of a gold thing and a human you can hardly expect it to have evolved properly...

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* Going past all of the usual dragon examples that would apply to the beast from ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' ''Film/{{Beowulf 2007}}'' (like wingspan), how does a heart that can fit in a man's fist pump blood through the body of a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever seventy foot long]] [[IfItSwimsItFlies flying and swimming]] reptile? Never mind that a heart in the neck protected by tracing paper is a bad idea anyway. Blocking the trachea and being easily ripped out are not desirable traits in a heart. Although being the product of a gold thing and a human you can hardly expect it to have evolved properly...
28th Aug '16 2:16:51 PM MarqFJA
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* [[GenderEqualsBreed Gender = Breed]]

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* [[GenderEqualsBreed Gender = Breed]]GenderEqualsBreed
19th Aug '16 2:52:08 PM fq
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** This trope is occasionally lampshaded in the scripts. A line in the script for "Some assembly required" written by Ty King reads, "it's of a woman's body, with muscles, joints, all kinds of equations and science type stuff (English major much?) scribbled all over it". Joss Whedon's script for "Graduation day, part one" has the stage directions "swabbing blood off the tip and putting it on a slide. That sounds real sciencey! Did I mention I was an English major?"

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** This trope is occasionally lampshaded in the scripts. A line in the script for "Some assembly required" written by Ty King describing a medical drawing reads, "it's of a woman's body, with muscles, joints, all kinds of equations and science type stuff (English major much?) scribbled all over it". Joss Whedon's script for "Graduation day, part one" has the stage directions "swabbing blood off the tip and putting it on a slide. That sounds real sciencey! Did I mention I was an English major?"
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