MAJOR UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2010!
UPDATE OCTOBER 2010
I have added another page to the Old
Bone Odori. It shows what I went through in doing an updated
build of the ITC/Glencoe Stegosaurus kit. The links are still on
page 4 as it is too much trouble to move them.
A COMMON THEME
As you page through my website, you will find a series of essays. I certainly won't even try to present anything like a comprehensive review of Dinosaurs. I will discuss a variety of subjects related to Dinosaurs that happen to interest me.
Popular media often presents the question, "Why the modern fascination with Dinosaurs?" Obviously they appeal to a lot of people for a variety of different reasons. The most common reason I see is that they are the closest thing to real dragons that have ever lived. It seems incredible that any creatures so large and powerful could have walked the same Earth that we occupy today. For most of recorded history humans have viewed our world as having been placed here for our benefit and use. We are finally beginning to understand that this planet has been home to millions of other species over hundreds of millions of years. Each of them evolved to take the maximum possible advantage of the ecological niche available to it. Dinosaurs dominated this terrestrial frame more successfully and longer than any other group of animals since the first vertebrates crawled onto the land. How did they do it? The basic theme that runs through all of my writing is that they were not dragons or other fantastical monsters. They had to accomplish their domination under the same rules of physiology and evolution common to all organisms. A lot of what passes for Dinosaur Science in the popular press today ignores this basic truth, which seems to occur out of enthusiasm for such an exciting subject rather than any deliberate attempt to mislead. In my education in both Zoology and Medicine I have learned a lot about anatomy and physiology as they apply to a functional organism. Personally, I find it exciting to figure out how Dinosaurs became such amazing animals and how they solved the problems of survival with what is basically the same protoplasm that Life on Earth has used for more than a billion years and is still using today. This is really a lot more interesting than just thinking of them as figments of our imagination. If you want fantasy, go dream about dragons.
For more on Tyrannosaurs, see
A Call For Arms .
I have something to say about raptors, my favorite wild bunch, at Raptor Revisionism
For an Apatasaurus skeleton, some ruminations on sauropod physiology, and shots of some kits in my collection,
see Mesozoic Meandering .
To view my collection of Dinosaur teeth and some opinions about current trends in scientifically accurate
dinosaur portrayal, see Art and Artifice .
I discuss my ultimate May-December love affair and list some links at My Dinosaur Tale .