However, lots of palaeoartists completely ignore this! They basically stretch skin over the bones and call it a day. One especially bad example that was featured on @palaeofail is this poor pterosaur:
It barely has room for its digestive system. It’s definitely missing the air sac system that allows it to breathe. It’s got virtually no muscles on the arms - how does it fly?? - on the head (no wonder its mouth is open. It has no jaw muscles to close it!), on the torso (it needs to flap), or on the legs (walking) It doesn’t have any fat at all, so it’s definitely starving (maybe because it can’t fly or close its moth?). The skin is much too thin; you can see all of the bones and its wing membranes should be much, much thicker. And it’s missing the hair-like pycnofibres that should be covering its body!
Many palaeoartists have started to strike back at this by drawing modern animals like we might draw them if we found their bones:
I think that if the Warrior Cats movie does anything like what The Guardians of Ga’Hoole did, it’d be perfect. That level of high-def animation with plenty of realistic details and behavioral motions, I’d be in heaven. They were able to come up with fantastic character designs while keeping it super realistic and for that first intro scenic flying scene I had thought for sure that it was a real owl before we got up close to their faces.
Plus they were so talented at keeping the birds realistic even as they used tools and everything.
The attention to detail they put into this film was mind blowing. If they can do that with feathers, they can do that with fur.
The shots were dramatic, the fighting was breath-taking.
You can not look me straight in the eye and tell me that wouldn’t be badass.
THERE IS SO MUCH LOVE IN THIS ANIMATION. The owls are so true to form and yet they have such a range of expression, I just love them so much and I would love it so intensely if the Warrior Cats movie took some notes when they think about how they’ll portray our childhood fictional cats.
Let’s be honest, we all called Guardians of Ga’Hoole “like Warriors, but with owls” so if this style doesn’t speak prophecy and dramatic fights and badass but lovable animals to you, kindly get your eyes checked.
It would be an honor to call the Warrior Cats movie “Guardians of Ga’Hoole movie, but with cats.”
sometimes i wonder if people on the whole really did believe things like ‘if you look at a wolf you can’t talk anymore’ or ‘owls cry when someone dies’ or if that was the medieval equivalent of your friend’s friend debra who swears the government is spraying chemicals using airplane contrails and blogs about it once a week on tuesdays