This is my first journal, so if the layout is a bit off then please excuse me.
So while I was browsing the Paleoart on deviantart, I saw a few pieces of art where an animal is restored with excess amounts of fat over the body, normally to prevent shrink-wrapping. This creates an overweight monstrosity which would probably walk pretty awkwardly if it was actually alive. I think it's great that we're moving a way from the starved "shrink-wrapped" dinosaurs with fenestrae showing, or extraordinarily thin necks (Sauropods have suffered both of these unfortunately.) But going right to the opposite end of the spectrum isn't the best way to tackle shrink-wrapping. Somewhere in between is (In my opinion) best in restoring these prehistoric beasts. For instance, look at an elephant. They are rather plump animals, but you can still see the hips and a bit of the spine of an individual in life, as well as parts of the skull not wrapped in fat (www.elephantnaturepark.org/wp-…). This could be applied to many large dinosaurs, including sauropods. That's not to say we should do this for every restoration, but we shouldn't put excess amounts of fat either.
Now onto my second point, excess flesh (and integument.) I've seen a lot of restorations (particularly in theropods) where the creator has stuck flesh on almost every bit of the face, wattles, dewlaps, and quills in every random position, as well as drooping lips falling past the chin. The end result is a poor animal that looks like it's covered in minced meat, reminding me of a scene from Indiana Jones, like it's face is melting. This being said, I'm not saying to rule out all wattles and dewlaps on dinosaurs, I'm in fact almost certain that a few must have possessed one of them. However, while restoring the animals you also need to take into account the practicality of the flesh. Next, integument. I've also seen a few animals covered in excessive amounts of plumage (Dromaeosaurs for instance) where they look like a ball of feathers. Again, there is no reason why some (if not many) of the feathered dinosaurs could have puffed up their feathers to mate. But I have seen some with fluff balls depicted in hunting scenes etc.
So what can we take from this: absolutely nothing, except if you want to accurately portray an animal, take into account practicality.
And if you do want to add weird flesh ornaments everywhere, then fine. This is just my opinion, so mince meat away!
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I loathe fat wrapped dinosaurs, that's just the oposite extreme of what these people are trying to avoid. It's always good to consider practicality over being a close minded extremist.
Aren't there computer models that show us the maximum and minimum bodymass dinosaur skeletons hold. I feel that this issue could be solved if people looked at the data
i havnt seen many fat wrapped ones could i see an example?