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January 10th, 2004, 05:36 PM
This is my first thread on the new system, so here goes...
Rather than create a scenario, I will just ask a question:
What would a sentient dinosaur be like?
Feel free to go into body, philosophy, society, technology, idealogy, whatever. Just throw in some ideas.
January 10th, 2004, 07:00 PM
If I rember corectley, in a Star Trek: Voyager episode, Voyager stumbles apon a race of sentient dinosaurs that had evolved before the Great Extinction, and moced far way. That's all I really remember.
Michael E Johnson
January 10th, 2004, 09:50 PM
There is also the Eden trilogy by Harry Harrison.The Delta quadrant sentient race evolved from dinosaurs was more technologically advanced than Starfleet however their rigid ( and false) views about their own origins are worthy of the 700 club. :D
January 10th, 2004, 09:53 PM
It would depend on which kind of dinosaurs the sentient race evolved from - are they plant eating or carniverous? are they mainly solitary or group/pack animals? "Dinosaurs" is almost as large a category as "mammals", with almost as much variation.
January 11th, 2004, 05:16 AM
I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that he was probably thinking of something along the lines of the velociraptor.
January 12th, 2004, 04:38 AM
On one of the Discovery channels i saw this discussed. in 65 mill bc there was dinosuar, the size of a medium dog [60~75 #] with a Dog sized cranial cavity. [twice the Normal??] as far as the Palatologists can tell he had a Coyote type behavior pattern. [ie eat anything it can get] . I forget the name but it is the Palo's choice for possible.
January 14th, 2004, 10:20 PM
Ever seen this before?
The one with the bulbous cranium is known as a "dinosauroid", a creature imagined by paleontologist Dale Russell in the 1980's. The one behind it is Troodon, its ancestor. To be honest, I think it shows too much of a human bias, i.e. if it's smart, it must look like us.
January 14th, 2004, 10:56 PM
The Imperials on a feature on my website would fit this bill perfectly. Even thoguht the cleft dimension allows magic,FTL travel and a few other oddities its not too different than OTL. For a description of the imperials think a human-sized raptor with a head thats shaped differently. They've developed an opposable thumb. Despite their nonhumanlike forms they've developed a recognizable empire. They still have their tails which are now prehensile. Due to a different brain structure psionic abilities and magic are possible for them.
heres a pic I whipped up in 5 minutes of photoshop(I have better hand drawn pics of imperials)
January 14th, 2004, 10:57 PM
and _yes_ I know its a cruddy pic *realizes he forgot the tail and the lighter coloring for the underside of the body*
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