Essay The Significance of Dinosaur Art

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The Significance of Dinosaur Art Dinosaurs are creatures that seem to fascinate humans, since all we have left are their fossils. Although, through art, their bodies can be put back together and we have a better sense of what they looked like. The problem with art is that pictures can sometimes be disproportionate, unrealistic, or even made up. Young children who learn about dinosaurs may think that they are actually different colors and can talk for example. This is why it is important to make dinosaur art as realistic as possible and more informative. In an article titled, "Do They Really Look Like That? The Science Of Dino Art", writer John Roach discusses people who do art and paleobiology for a living. A man by…show more content…
Besides paying attention to new discoveries, paleo artists must notice how information is interpreted by different people. Paleo artist John Sibbick states that a bunch of people could have the same scientific information and fossil evidence in front of them, but how they all interpret it is very different. Everyone has a different artistic style, but the important thing is that their pictures clearly depict dinosaurs in an accurate environment with the dinosaurs realistic themselves. Through the years, paleo art has increased greatly, due to an increase in scientific findings and information being confirmed. The understanding of dinosaurs has increased and "the art has changed to reflect that", said Sloan (2). One step to an increase in dinosaur understanding and art was in the 1980's. Paleontologist Robert Bakker came up with a theory that dinosaurs were warm-blooded. He thought that fossils looked more like warm-blooded bones. Eventually his theory was accepted all over. This had a big impact on dinosaur art and then it encountered a drastic change. Instead of dinosaurs standing around and doing nothing but eating, they were now running and hunting their prey. The art changed from still life to a more action filled art, which appealed to more people and made the lives of dinosaurs seem more complicated than originally believed. After Robert Bakker's theory, was the discovery of small and medium-sized dinosaurs that were found in northeastern
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