Dino 101 has Helped Me

One of my online open courses, Dino 101, is helping me quite a bit.  Although I may already know a lot about it, it’s reminding me about things that are very useful for my writing.  How is that?  How can dinosaurs help me write a science fiction book?

First, it’s reminding me about comparative anatomy.  We know that tetrapods, which are all vertebrate animals except fish, all have analogous structures in their bodies.  Looking at dinosaurs, they all have the same bones, basically.  Not only that, they share the same bones with birds, as well as mammals and reptiles.  So, what does this mean?  It means that I have to figure out a basic body structure for large vertebrate animals on my world, Ariadne.  After that, I can then develop many different kinds of animals.

Second, it makes me think more about evolution.  I think this is quite similar to my first point.  It allows me to develop animals.

Third, it’s shown me several types of adaptations.  This is extremely useful!  I can figure out structures on animal bodies that can be used for different purposes, including eating, locomotion, and heat regulation.  I’ll be able to develop animals for different environments and niches.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  I’ve now completed 4 weeks of Dino 101.  There are more topics that will be useful.  I’m looking forward to it.

2 thoughts on “Dino 101 has Helped Me”

  1. Comparative anatomy is really useful for inventing interesting non-humanoid species. And good point about evolution too. It’s kind of analogous to using setting to create a character’s personality, isn’t it? Shape the creatures by their niche. Actually it just constantly astounds me the diversity and “creativity” that you can find just on Earth, things that I would never have thought of for my own fictional species. Biology/zoology is really amazing sometimes!

    1. Agreed. I’m hoping to have a good degree of realism in my books, so I’m focusing a lot on biology, as well as geology and physics. Although I studied physics and astronomy in university, I do have a good grasp of biology, since I nearly studied palaeontology in university. It’s all so fascinating to me.

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