Yes this is the official release of my awesome concept for a new dinosaur series for TV. Like pretty much all other shows it relies on massive amounts of dramatic hypotheses presented as facts or theories that are only vaguely supported by the loosest of interpretations of evidence, but unlike the rest it’ll be totally up front about it. In fact the basis of the show is to produce the most dramatic and hyperbolic ideas possible from the least amount of evidence.
The idea is you start with a rubbish bit of bone – an indeterminate midshaft, skull fragment, distorted track or similar and then have to build up from there top the most extreme extrapolation of ecology, evolution or behaviour. So an isolated condyle could be posited as being the distal end of a giant digit one on a monstrous theropod, which would be a late surviving ceolophysoid, which having knocked around for 100 million years longer that it should must have specialised enormously and thus must have a massively elongate neck used to strike at pterosaurs. The various answers given by a panel are then voted for by the public to find a winner.
It’s great. It’ll be high profile, present the vast majority of the public with even more outrageous dinosaurs than they get already, and with probably no overall loss of accuracy compared to what normally gets on screen. Plus the phone votes would probably bring in a fair bit of cash for research. I’m sure it’ll work and I’m look forward to hearing from the TV companies who’ll be queuing up to make this. Possibly. Still, it can’t be worse than some of the stuff that’s been up there on the screen supposedly backed by ‘evidence’.