Thursday, June 14, 2007
Cast them as cousins
Here's the latest Chinese dinosaur, Gigantoraptor, side by side with Jacques de Gheyn's zoomorphic monster in one of his drawings of witches' sabbaths. I vaguely recall that in A C Clark's SF, Childhood's End, when the advanced civilisation (and benign) aliens arrive on earth, their form is that of Satan - the first steps out of his UFO with a carefully chosen child playing with his leathery wings, as a way of managing the local PR problem. Reveries about the diabolic were just an anticipation of what will happen, but without the terror.
The one tonne, twice man height raptor is all over the web today: this is the best site I found. The Chinese assume it had feathers.
I looked for the complete de Gheyn drawing, and my cursory Google image search only hit my old academic course site. Basic, but there it is: