Jurassic World fan and 3D artist give T-Rex a makeover based on modern science discoveries
Jurassic Park’s dinosaur designs, as beloved and timeless as they are, do not reflect the actual appearance of prehistoric creatures. The Beasts We Know is based on contemporary paleo art from the 90s, but is also largely the brainchild of special effects genius Stan Winston.
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While his designs stand the test of time, regardless of new discoveries, there are those who want to see more visually accurate dinosaurs that approximate their bird relatives. One of them is a 3D artist, modeler, and dinosaur enthusiast named Callie Sauria.
In an upgrade of the T-Rex in Jurassic World, affectionately called “Rexy”, Sauria inserts her reality-based Tyrannosaurus into two stills from the film’s climax and presents them to social media.
As she explains on Twitter, her goal isn’t exactly to make the dinosaurs scarier, but she thinks – and rightly so – that a more realistic look would be just as terrifying as Winston’s big-screen monsters and Spielberg.
“While I don’t think dinosaurs are scary, which should make them interesting, I do think realistic dinosaurs can terrify as much, if not more, than the monsters we see in movies. a series of edited images that I plan to do,” Sauria said.
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You might not notice his exchange at first glance given how dark the footage is. However, you can tell right away that there is something odd about the new Rexy.
It certainly looks more monstrous. The Callie Sauria mod has a narrower, beak-like muzzle, smaller, stockier arms, and more pronounced arches over her eyebrows that resemble devilish horns.
If you want a clearer photo up close and in daylight, Sauria offers ersatz “wildlife photography”.
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Rexy may be less scary in his near-natural habitat, but he’s still not something you want to encounter in real life.
The discussion about how dinosaurs look in Jurassic World now that there is new information is muted though raging.
Either way, Winston dinos are best kept as they are because, as most should consider, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Jurassic World has its issues like most movie franchises – creatures aren’t one of them.
Look at it this way: if you want to make the Rex meaner and darker, you need to reduce the size of the raptors to a quarter of their current frame and give all species more feathers, because that would be scientifically accurate.
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