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PostSubject: Dinosaurs   Tue 13 Mar 2018, 20:20

I don't know where to put it. It is especially for Triceratops. I learned from him, was it in the video thread? and did my self also research then; finding two documentaries about the evolution to birds. But I don't know anymore where I put that...Triceratops?
In any case the birds seem to be the survivors of the dinosaurs?
And today in the BBC world this:
The famous winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx was capable of flying, according to a new study.

Kind regards from Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: Dinosaurs   Wed 14 Mar 2018, 15:36

Alas, when I worked (some years ago) at the Natural History Museum in London that museum's specimen of Archaeopteryx never came on to my radar.  I think I've mentioned before that I was transcribing entries from some of the museum's registers on to Access database (from where they would be migrated on to the museum's dedicated database).  Records about lower invertebrates not prototype birds though.

I don't know if anyone other than Temperance and myself gives Game of Thrones the time of day, but my understanding is that the CGI dragons in GoT (which are technically wyverns as they have two legs and two wings rather than four legs and two wings) were modelled on chickens.
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PostSubject: Re: Dinosaurs   Thu 15 Mar 2018, 17:07

To my understanding you are completely correct LiR in that a wyvern is a two-legged dragon ... in contast to the four-legged 'welsh' dragon. But both creatures are still in fact "royal beasts": the dragon proper, with four legs, is of course an ancient symbol of Wales and the Tudors' ancestry ... while the two-legged wyvern probably derives from equally early 'celtic' origins. A two-legged dragon is certainly recorded as being used as a Romano-British cavalry standard, and there is even some evidence that is was later adopted as a national symbol by Saxon armies. During the Wars of the Roses the Lancastrians claimed the wyvern as one of their symbols "by right" through Edward the Confessor ... but they were of course probably just manipulating history for their own ends, since the origin and supposed history of heraldic symbols, marks and badges, was then of vital political importance.

None of this, of course, has anything to do with dinosaurs (which is the subject of the thread).
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PostSubject: Re: Dinosaurs   Thu 15 Mar 2018, 18:16

The Gryphon can be considered even more prestigious than either, since it combines the King of the Birds (the eagle) with the King of Beasts (the lion).

Also more melodious. Listen to "Red Queen to Gryphon Three" here -
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