Sunday, August 17, 2008

Stegosaurus v. Tyrannosaurus?

photo: Disney’s Fantasia

Stegosaurus lived about 150 million years ago, in the Late Jurassic, while Tyrannosaurus lived only 65.5 million years ago, at the end of the Late Cretaceous. In fact, if you do the math, you see that Tyrannosaurus lived closer in time to us humans than it did to Stegosaurus. So in terms of geologic time, a picture showing Tyrannosaurus running down the street where you live is actually more realistic than one showing Tyrannosaurus fighting Stegosaurus!”

If it makes you feel better, you should know that Stegosaurus, though free from the hassle of Tyrannosaurus, did have ol’ Allosaurus to contend with.

source: Dinosaurs, by Thomas Holtz


David Lee Ingersoll said...

While Disney may have called that a Tyrannosaur it's got three fingers like an Allosaur. (Willis O'Brien also gave the Tyrannosaur of Skull Island three fingers.)

Glenn Ingersoll said...

What is it with animators and the number of fingers?