Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, scientists and nerdy laymen with far too much spare time - welcome one and all to the first ever Terrible 1990s Dromaeosaur Face-Off competition. Inspired by a minor debate between Niroot and myself, and further encouraged by Trish*, in each round two utterly dreadful dromaeosaurs from '90s palaeoart will be presented for your consideration. It is up to you - the readers - to decide your favourite. By way of commenting.
This is definitely not just a way for me to gauge how many readers this blog really has. Oh no.
Reader participation will also be required when it comes to selecting entrants for future rounds (Trish has already provided one contender for next time). The only rules are that it has to be a dromaeosaur, from a serious publication with an educational remit, and from the 1990s. Or from the 1980s, whatever. Close enough.
Here we go then. In the blue corner: Velociraptor from Know the World of Dinosaurs.
In the red corner: Velociraptor from The Concise Illustrated Book of Dinosaurs.
I wonder if David still thinks allowing me to write for this blog was a good idea. Anyway, votes please!
*After splitting my sides reading her blog yesterday, I owe her one.