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Old 07-10-2018, 07:35 PM   #17
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Default Re: Alternate Versions of Inifinite Worlds

Originally Posted by Flyndaran View Post
It's not like realistic sapient "modern" dinosaurs would look recognizably dinosaurian to laymen. Compare us to the mammals wandering the cretaceous period.
Compare the actual descendants of dinosaurs to their cretaceous ancestors. The 6 rattites such as the cassowary look perhaps more like their ancestors, but the rest of the birds look very different (people like to make the t-rex / chicken joke but just about any dinosaur / penguin I think is a better one).

Originally Posted by Flyndaran View Post
Being a game, one could play with absurd levels of convergent evolution. Early mammals just happened to evolve into what we picture evolved dinos would look like. Under the surface, they have all the expected mammalian features.
Dimetrodon is a pre-mammalian, not a pre-reptile/pre-dinosaur, as distinctly identifiable by the number of holes in its skull, among other features. And really if we can get panagolins and armadillos, it's not too much of a stretch that other scaled/plated mammals could evolve given different conditions.
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