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Fun! Are these the most realistic CGI dinosaurs ever?

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Gizmodo says they are:

… Now, I suggest you compare all that you’ve seen about dinosaurs before to Apple TV+’s newest five-part series, Prehistoric Planet, which shows the true lives of dinosaurs as they were 66 million years ago, to our best current understanding.

There are reptiles that need back scratches, hadrosaurs harried by mosquitos, and pterosaurs stressed out about finding a mate. In other words, Prehistoric Planet makes it apparent how similar (in some ways) dinosaurs are to us. And it makes those depictions super-real using top-of-the-line CGI and the work of over 1,500 people, including paleoartists, CGI artists, paleontologists, cinematographers, and more (like Sir David Attenborough, who narrated the series).

Isaac Schultz, “These 13 Images Depict the Most Realistic CGI Dinosaurs Ever” at Gizmodo (May 29, 2022)

3 Replies to “Fun! Are these the most realistic CGI dinosaurs ever?

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    polistra says:

    Definitely the best animation. I wonder if the dinosaur’s voice needs rethinking. We’re accustomed to these hoarse roars, but a bird’s syrinx doesn’t roar. A very BIG bird would sound more like a 16-foot pedal note on a pipe organ. Transpose a meadowlark’s song to the pedal register.


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    Querius says:

    Well, I suppose one can extrapolate the voice of a velociraptor perhaps similar to that of a raven. Perhaps the most dangerous ones tweeted each other while common contemporary birds mimicked their formerly chilling tweets, chirps, and bird songs we hear today.

    As to velociraptors evolving feathers as cushions against falls, that’s is a pretty big stretch! Feathers might act as armor, but not mentioned in the video is that feathers are very warm, and the larger terrestrial dinosaurs must surely have been homoeothermic. Otherwise, it would take them days to warm up.

    Yes the CG was terrific!


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    William J Murray says:

    How would anyone know if they are realistic or not?

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