History Website / SpecWorld

27th Jun '17 6:15:03 PM ading
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds Adorable Fluffy Heterodontosaur, Destroyer of Worlds]]: No work of paleofiction better demonstrates just how game-changing the discovery of Tianyulong was.
-->'''Dave Marjanović''': "Mostly, our reaction to ''Tianyulong'' was just 'oh, shit' and nothing further."
27th Jun '17 4:19:24 PM ading
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ScienceMarchesOn: Due to the main site not being updated since late 2008. That said, the authors are well-verse in life in the late Cretaceous, so nearly all of the concepts are still quite plausible and accurate.
** The site refers to a branch of the Therizinosauria as the Ceratonychidae. However, the name ''Ceratonykus'' is now used for a RealLife member of the Alvarezsauridae.[[note]]Luckily, this is barely even a borderline case, as the spelling difference means that there's no name conflict even if they're pronounced the same way.[[/note]]
*** More HilariousInHindsight are the hesperonychid dromaeosaurids. There's now a real dromaeosaurid named ''Hesperonychus'', though fortunately it appears that none of the Spec hesperonychids actually use that as a genus name. Ironically, ''Hesperonychus'' was a small relative of ''Microraptor'', while the hesperonychids (with one exception, the small and slender djanada) are some of the largest and most robust of the Spec dromaeosaurids.
** The magnoraptor, a giant dromaeosaurid, was intended to be a descendant of what was once thought to be a real life giant dromaeosaurid, ''Megaraptor'', which is now known to have been a [[strike:carnosaur]] tentative coelurosaur, possibly a tyrannosaur.
** ''Rahonavis'' was thought to have been a relative of ''Archeaopteryx'' and as thus the descendant group the rahonavids were classed as such. Turns out ''Rahonavis'' is a type of unenlagiinae dromaeosaurid. Oops. Though considering new finds (namely, a recent paper that placed ''Rahonavis'' closer to true birds than to other deinonychosaurs), this may not be far off.
** It turns out the digestive systems of monotremes are too simple to digest meat (or plants) without major changes. Guess what most of all Spec's platypuses eat?
** It turns out that Cretaceous mosasaurs already had tail flukes (and ventured into freshwater).
** Very few of Spec's maniraptorans have the fully formed wings that real maniraptorans would have had.
** The most crushing one to this project is probably the discovery that ornithischians could have plumage. Hehehehe... OhCrap.
** Along with the discovery crocodilians may have been out-competing theropods at least regionally in the Maastrichtian. At any rate, large, carnivorous crocodyllians were very common in the Cretaceous, and Spec originally had too few of those (though ultimately averted in the Yahoo group, where several terrestrial crocodyllian concepts do exist).
** The hoeks and baskervilles are stagodonts based on old reconstructions of ''Didelphodon'' before more complete remains showed that it was an aquatic animal more similar to otters than Tasmanian devils.
9th Jan '17 1:26:12 PM ElSquibbonator
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* PteroSoarer: Averted. Until very recently, this was due to the project simply not having any pterosaurs at all, as the creators initially believed they were declining prior to the K/T extinction. In the most current version, there are pterosaurs, but they are not numerous and exist mainly as flightless predators in Australia.



* PteroSoarer: Averted. Until very recently, this was due to the project simply not having any pterosaurs at all, as the creators initially believed they were declining prior to the K/T extinction. In the most current version, there are pterosaurs, but they are not numerous and exist mainly as flightless predators in Australia.
9th Jan '17 1:25:38 PM ElSquibbonator
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* RaptorAttack: Averted. While raptors are abundant, they are all correctly depicted with feathers, and most of them are not pack hunters.

to:

* RaptorAttack: Averted. While raptors are abundant, they are all correctly depicted with feathers, and most (though not all) of them are not pack hunters.


Added DiffLines:

* PteroSoarer: Averted. Until very recently, this was due to the project simply not having any pterosaurs at all, as the creators initially believed they were declining prior to the K/T extinction. In the most current version, there are pterosaurs, but they are not numerous and exist mainly as flightless predators in Australia.
28th Nov '16 6:41:19 PM ElSquibbonator
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ToiletHumor: A fair bit, most of it courtesy of contributor Brian Choo.


Added DiffLines:

* VomitIndiscretionShot: The Nerd-of-Paradise is a bird that uses its own vomit to subdue prey and fend off predators. It [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity cannot be poisoned]] because it vomits out any toxins in its body.
28th Nov '16 6:34:59 PM ElSquibbonator
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: They're the main focus of the site, with other, less spectacular groups like mammals being ignored in their favour.

to:

* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: They're the main focus of the site, site (including birds), with other, less spectacular groups like mammals being ignored in their favour.



* RaptorAttack: Averted. While raptors are abundant, they are all correctly depicted with feathers, and most of them are not pack hunters.



* StockDinosaurs: ZigZagged. Obviously, none of the stock species themselves show up, but many familiar groups do, including [[TyrannosaurusRex tyrannosaurs]], [[RaptorAttack dromaeosaurs]], hadrosaurs, sauropods, ceratopsians, and ankylosaurs. The subversion is that the "modern" members of these groups aren't necessarily descended from the most famous extinct species--for example, Spec's ceratopsians are descended from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptoceratopsidae leptoceratopsids]] rather than true ceratopsids.



** This is also the reason why you won't find anything even remotely similar to a sapient creature on Spec; it's a silent protest against [[HumanoidAliens Dinosauroids]] (to the point where the group of dinosaurs to whom Dale Russel's absurdly humanlike Dinosauroid belonged is almost extinct!)

to:

** This is also the reason why you won't find anything even remotely similar to a sapient creature on Spec; it's a silent protest against [[HumanoidAliens the idea of [[LizardFolk Dinosauroids]] (to the point where the group of dinosaurs to whom Dale Russel's absurdly humanlike Dinosauroid belonged is almost extinct!)


Added DiffLines:

* TyrannosaurusRex: Tyrannosaurs--implied to be descendants of T. rex itself--are the apex predators of North America and Eurasia.
9th Oct '15 9:07:08 PM TrollMan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** The magnoraptor, a giant dromaeosaurid, was intended to be a descendant of what was once thought to be a real life giant dromaeosaurid, ''Megaraptor'', which is now known to have been a carnosaur.

to:

** The magnoraptor, a giant dromaeosaurid, was intended to be a descendant of what was once thought to be a real life giant dromaeosaurid, ''Megaraptor'', which is now known to have been a carnosaur.[[strike:carnosaur]] tentative coelurosaur, possibly a tyrannosaur.


Added DiffLines:

** The hoeks and baskervilles are stagodonts based on old reconstructions of ''Didelphodon'' before more complete remains showed that it was an aquatic animal more similar to otters than Tasmanian devils.
19th Sep '15 8:28:42 PM TrollMan
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/specworld.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:A mock-up for [[WhatCouldHaveBeen if it were a book.]]]]
4th Aug '15 5:53:04 PM Adept
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* FrogsAndToads: They don't appear to have come very far with their amphibians, but they do have a cookie-cutter tadpole that chomps on the behinds of wading dinosaurs.
25th Jul '15 6:30:45 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


SpecWorld, or TheSpeculativeDinosaurProject, is a massive, ''massive'' world-building work in progress. It's basically an attempt to imagine how the world would be if the K/Pg Extinction Event hadn't happened 65 million years ago as seen from the perspective of dimension-hopping explorers and scientists from our world ("Home-Earth").

to:

SpecWorld, Spec World, or TheSpeculativeDinosaurProject, the Speculative Dinosaur Project, is a massive, ''massive'' world-building work in progress. It's basically an attempt to imagine how the world would be if the K/Pg Extinction Event hadn't happened 65 million years ago as seen from the perspective of dimension-hopping explorers and scientists from our world ("Home-Earth").
This list shows the last 10 events of 44. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Website.SpecWorld