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.