Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stegosaur Inspiration

A gliding Stegosaurus. From the Ogden Standard-Examiner, 1920.  From Brian Switek's Dinosaur Tracking.

With the Stegosaur Gallery coming up soon, we've decided to do a series of posts aimed to help inspire our readers/artists in their stegosaur art!

The above image comes from Brian Switek's Dinosaur Tracking post on The Flying Gliding Stegosaur.  It originally came from the Ogden Standard-Examiner's comic section published in 1920! 

While the above critter defies aerodynamics, as well as common sense, it does bring up the question: What the deuce ARE these amazing plates for?  

Display and communication?  Thermoregulation?  Defense?  Hat rack?  All of the above?  I look forward to the debate in the comments section below!


Craig Dylke said...

I think they were prototype billboards used by the ancient aliens who have been visiting the Earth up until the modern era. I saw it on a show on History Channel :P

Craig Dylke said...

Since no one took a bite on my silly answer, I'm thinking since Ceratopsian frills are going to sexual display Stego plates (being just as weird and useless) must be too.

Chris Hutson said...

Flintstone xylophone