The New Dinosaurs by Dougal DixonWOW.
This was SO COOL. Im a budding paleontologist, but I also love Speculative Evolution. The two combined? Mind=Blown. Of course, I read this in 2015, and so its just really outdated now. I would love to see this updated, mainly because of our research on birds, feathers, and dinosaurs, and how they are related. The fact that pterosaurs evolve in a more avian fashion is a little strange, because we now know that dinosaurs wouldve undoubtedly done this instead.
My only problem with this book? Some of it seems a little too whimsical. Not that I dont love fantasy creatures, but some of these seem too far from their ancestors. Perhaps Im wrong- I dont actually have a PhD in this or anything. But I must say, a ground-dwelling pterosaur- the lank- with hooves on its front fingers and a long neck splattered with brown spots across a tan, leathery skin, seems a little too much like a certain african creature we know today. *Giraffe*.
The New Dinosaurs
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The owner of The New Dinosaurs: An Alternative Evolution has put the page under construction, and is requesting no major edits are made until the page is complete. If you wish to bring anything to the attention of the author, please do so in the page's comment section, thank you. The book revolves around an alternative timeline where the earth did not suffer from the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction event, and as a result, the non-avian dinosaurs alongside other organisms that had perished in the event, remained in place. Dinosaurs have had a new wave of diversity from part of small sized clades, being the most successful several theropods descendants of the Coelurosaurs which have diversified into different niches, from the arboreal dwellers called Arbrosaurs, small scavengers, and some heavy carnivores, and several Thescelosaurs and Hypsilophodonts that have taken several herbivorous niches. Other groups including megafauna such as Hadrosaurs , Iguanodonts , Pachicephalosaurs , Tyrannosaurs , Megalosaurs , Ankylosaurs , Ceratopsids and Titanosaurs are still present, some preserving a certain aspect of their Cretaceous forms and some with varied new derivative forms.
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The New Dinosaurs explores a hypothetical alternate Earth , complete with animals and ecosystems, where the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event never occurred, leaving non-avian dinosaurs and other Mesozoic animals an additional 65 million years to evolve and adapt over the course of the Cenozoic to the present day. The New Dinosaurs is Dixon's second work on speculative evolution, following After Man , which explored the animals of a hypothetical world 50 million years in the future where humanity had gone extinct. After Man used a fictional setting and hypothetical animals to explain the natural processes behind evolution whilst The New Dinosaurs uses its own fictional setting and hypothetical wildlife to explain the concept of zoogeography and biogeographic realms. It was followed by another speculative evolution work by Dixon in , Man After Man , which focused on climate change over the next few million years through the eyes of future human species genetically engineered to adapt to it. Some of Dougal Dixon's hypothetical dinosaurs bear a coincidental resemblance to dinosaurs that were discovered after the book's publication. As a general example, many of Dixon's fictional dinosaurs are depicted with feathers, something that was not yet widely accepted when the book was written. The New Dinosaurs explores an imagined alternate version of the present-day Earth as Dixon imagines it would have been if the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event had never occurred.