STL Science Center

STL Science Center

30 June 2017

Fantasy and Dinosaurs

©Elise B (Elisetrations)
As we all know, fantastic representations of dinosaurs are often not scientifically accurate or exaggerate some of the most interesting details of the dinosaurs that best accent the points of the fantastic representation of the dinosaur that the illustrator wants to convey. In this illustration,  the fantasy is that of a lovable pet dinosaur, or companion dinosaur may be a better term, for a happy little girl in a pastel yellow dress. The real estimated size of Chaoyangsaurus is actually fairly well represented by this interpretation of the dinosaur, though it could be said to be a small exaggeration of this estimation. This is, of course, assuming that this little girl is approximately 5 or 6 years old and of average size for a young lady of this age. Regardless, the hypothetical quill knobs seen in the earlier posted Tamura illustration are repeated here along the dorsal aspect of the most rostral tail and the head of the animal is slightly more generically fashioned as an ornithischian head than as a ceratopsian line dinosaur; this is possibly more appropriate for the animal however. The image is striking in its simplistic lines and colors, though, and the fantasy of a dinosaur and young girl sitting by a stream is somewhat intriguing.

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