Comic 613 - When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
26th Feb 2021, 12:00 AM in The Butterfly Ruby Heist - Part 1
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
For the dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops) in the upper two panels, I used skeletal drawings by Dr. Scott Hartman as a reference.
They thus (except perhaps for some flaws that are entirely my fault) adhere to the contemporary scientific understanding of how these creatures looked like.

The last panel however shows T. rex and Triceratops in a way more retro reconstructions, more like oldschool paleoartists like Charles R. Knight or in Germany Heinrich Harder would have drawn them. In short, how the people in 1926 imagined dinosaurs to have been.
And what's up with that? You'll see next page. ;-)
User comments:
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Pfft, put on your fur bikini and wait for Mr. Cowboy-Man to capture Gwangi!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
For some weird reason I sometimes like to imagine how it would be if MJ Stonecastle and Chuck Braun encountered Gwangi...
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Poor-poor Gwangie died of food poisoning. Shoggoth-poo.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I wonder if MJ tastes... British.
Like tea & scones or something...
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Pfffft, you mean like Sarsons Vinegar, spank me.
Jean_Q_Citizen edit delete reply
Jean_Q_Citizen
Yabba Dabba...D'oh!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Ruby-Ann: "WIIIIILLLLMMMAAAA!!!!! CLLLLEEEEEOOOOO!!!!"
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Ok, that is hilarious and brilliant. The t-rex would totally rear up if freaked out, right?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Well, I suppose rearing would work least up to an angle where the tail doesn't get in the way...

The upright tail-dragging stance of two-legged dinosaurs was a common thing in older reconstructions (like the one in the lowest panel is supposed to be), while today we think they were rather posed with their spine (including the tail) overall being vertical.
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Nah, the gag was very clear. (I'm interested in paleoart.) Unlike my comment!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Ah, OK! Nice to hear that you're a fellow paleoart aficionado!
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
impressive

(running in heels, that is)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Luckily for Ruby-Ann, they didn't do super tall heels in 1920's fashion!
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
The Dinosaur Past!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Hopefully somebody will open the door to let Ruby-Ann out of there again... ;-)

They even gave the guy a safari hat for his Dinosaur Past expedition! :-D