What would our world look like if the dinosaurs still ruled over it? ‘The New Dinosaurs’ by Dougal Dixon asks this very question.
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Around 66 million years ago, an asteroid struck our planet and triggered a mass extinction that wiped out all non-avian dinosaurs. But, what if it hadn’t? This theoretical timeline is the subject of the speculative zoology book ‘The New Dinosaurs’ — written by Dougal Dixon, who popularized speculative zoology with a trilogy which also includes ‘After Man’ and ‘Man After Man.
Dixon’s work influenced other series you might know like the Future is Wild, and C. M. Kosemen’s ambitious ‘All Tomorrows.’ But ‘The New Dinosaurs’ is unique in how imagines not the future — but an alternate form of the present. So, for this entry into the archive, we’re going to catalog this other world Dixon conceptualized — bearing in mind some of the science is a bit outdated, and it’s of course impossible to know exactly what such a timeline would look like.
Think of this book — and by extension, this video — as just an interesting guess. A thought experiment where we imagine the great asteroid was just another flash of light in the sky, and over the next several million years, a dawn rose on a new order of dinosaurs.
0:00 The New Dinosaurs
4:02 North America
4:59 South America
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