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Dinosaur Pet Guide

This link opens up an image that is self-explanatory. But did you know the Velociraptor looks and acts much different than the ones we learned about in the Spielberg movies?

I am curious to find out what you were taught about dinosaurs in your youth and how much your knowledge has changed since then.

My education started with the Jurassic Park movie! Rarrr!

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Comment by Easton Le on February 25, 2014 at 11:38pm

My GI Joe's would have been very impressed with your barbie doll. She would've been welcome any time to hunt down bad guys with us.

Comment by Dougibert Bert on February 24, 2014 at 7:42pm

Oh, come on!  Dinosaurs and humans existed together.  I've seen the picture of blue-eyed, caucasian Jesus holding a baby brontosaurus, and it was a tan/brown/beige combo.  So, dinos are brown.  Next question!

Seriously, I started putting together dinosaur models in second grade.  However, my dino models were always green.  For the record, my Barbie doll kept the dino models as pets.

Yes, I was a strange child.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 24, 2014 at 2:02pm

Evidence for the colors of dinosaurs has actually been found in the last few years, in the form of melanosomes -- organelles containing different types of melanin -- surviving in fossils:

Dinosaur True Colors Revealed for First Time (National Geographic)

Iridescent, feathered dinosaur offers fresh evidence that feathers ... (ScienceDaily)

Color Your Dinosaurs ("Headlines in the History of Life" blog)

Comment by Luara on February 24, 2014 at 12:19pm

Serious thoughts on dinosaurs now. We do not now know (and never could know) their colors.

Never say never. Or almost never :)
Maybe someone will get dinosaur DNA, splice it into chicken DNA, out comes a lavender chicken.  And you could say, Looks like this dinosaur was lavender colored!  Or find a specific sensitivity of dino eyes to a specific color or pattern, so the color or pattern might have been a dino sex symbol. 

Comment by Michael Penn on February 24, 2014 at 8:47am

We once believed that dinosaurs never existed even though we had their bones. I was taught that dinosaur skeleton's are "tricks of the devil." Fundyism moves right on along then teaching that mankind and dinosaurs existed together as in the 1966 movie "One Million Years BC" with Rachel Welch. The timeframe had to be shortened to 6000 years total because of a Catholic named Usher and the Genesis narrative itself. (Ken Ham and some other nutjobs like this idea) Then the dinosaurs all got drowned in the big flood and their bodies were covered up with lots of debris when god pulled the stopper and let all that water drain away.

Serious thoughts on dinosaurs now. We do not now know (and never could know) their colors. The colors are simply made up. We also do not know fully about their "armor." In some cases what we assumed was armor may have been an attractive plomage. They may have been much different than what we imagine, but having their skeletons is sort of like having a negative image from a picture.

Comment by Easton Le on February 24, 2014 at 12:26am

It is a fun subject to speculate over. I can definitely see those two being necessary traits that would encourage a sapient evolutionary path.

Language would have to be another. It said in the article they would probably have some sort of bird song. That reminds me of the whistling language some peoples developed in hilly areas where it was easier to whistle then scream or walk a block to someone's door. I think they nicknamed it bird language.

At least if those dinosauroid Troodons existed there would be a way for us to communicate with them! Haha.

Comment by Luara on February 23, 2014 at 6:09pm

What reason would that creature have to stand upright if it could just jump up and flap its wings to peer over the grasses?

No reason I know of.  What characteristics of ours would intelligent dinosauroids share? 

I suppose they would be social - social behavior was crucial for intelligence in people. 

Troodon was able to manipulate things with its hands - having a way to handle and things is also important.  Perhaps with a dinosaur beak to help. 

Comment by Easton Le on February 23, 2014 at 5:06pm

@Laura: Thanks for sharing that article. I read the whole thing! A very fascinating subject. but I wonder if a sapient Troodon would have developed into upright walking. From what I understand we only evolved this way to peer over the tall grasses of the African Savannah. What reason would that creature have to stand upright if it could just jump up and flap its wings to peer over the grasses?

Comment by Luara on February 23, 2014 at 9:01am

The dinosaur Troodon may have been on its way to evolving human intelligence

If that huge meteor hadn't smashed into the earth, we wouldn't be here and there might now be intelligent dinosaur descendants of Troodon, instead. 

Perhaps Troodon would be a good pet.  Perhaps they were social although their social signals would more different from ours than dogs' signals are. 

Maybe someday dinosaurs will be cloned and available as pets.  Probably not T. Rex though :)

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 23, 2014 at 6:56am

It's not dead, it's pinin' for the fjords...

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