Archaeologists learn more about dinosaurs with each passing day. In fact, the way scientists visualize velociraptors has changed significantly since they made their big screen debut in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. Apparently, however, the Toronto Raptors NBA team hasn't gotten the memo. Their mascot is the same old raptor it's always been. Twitter user Hannah Moss did them a favor and updated the logo to reflect the most up-to-date scientific findings!
Felt like giving the Raptors logo a scientifically accurate makeover. https://t.co/UzG6Z8Mg6u— Hannah Moss (@Hannah Moss) 1526169081.0
Twitter loved the more-accurate paleoart!
@OdelayOwl @DavidEvans_ROM This. Makes @Raptors logo look even more fierce ... and fashionable! #evidencebased— Shawna (@Shawna) 1526264957.0
@OdelayOwl The closed mouth is great. It makes the raptor look super confident and good at basketball. My brain loo… https://t.co/AvPGfTeBuk— Jake Rodkin (@Jake Rodkin) 1526271246.0
But, just in case the Raptors didn't like it, Moss offered a back-up.
- And a version that’s still “scary”. I closed the mouth and made the pupil round because that’s what you see in mo… https://t.co/qLeLjDtpeq— Hannah Moss (@Hannah Moss) 1526218998.0
The "scales forever" crowd was surprisingly forgiving of the re-design.
@OdelayOwl I reject your science, ma'am! Why, back in my day, dinosaurs had scales, not feathers! And we liked it t… https://t.co/OZf8fXbe8I— Kraken (@Kraken) 1526258301.0
@ourlordKraken Thanks! (I was actually expecting a lot more angry anti-feather sports fans. Thankfully most of the… https://t.co/0Wz4LpNvah— Hannah Moss (@Hannah Moss) 1526259234.0
Though the science sticklers were a little harder to please...
@OdelayOwl Yeah but shouldn't the primary feathers come off and start from the the middle bone of the middle finger?— Attichan the skyentist (@Attichan the skyentist) 1526238094.0
@Attichanthesky1 Claws/hands weren’t in the right position to begin with. The lack of feathers definitely isn’t the only inaccuracy.— Hannah Moss (@Hannah Moss) 1526239590.0
@OdelayOwl Were raptors even native to Toronto?— Josh Logan (@Josh Logan) 1526251253.0
@joshlogan42 Likely. Saurornitholestes (the North American equivalent to velociraptor) has been found all over Nort… https://t.co/gjvbj5Pyot— Hannah Moss (@Hannah Moss) 1526252725.0
Moss inspired other Twitter users to take a crack at a anatomically correct Raptor mascot!
@OdelayOwl Would you mind if I tried?— Attichan the skyentist (@Attichan the skyentist) 1526242095.0
@Attichanthesky1 Go right ahead! I’d love to see another interpretation.— Hannah Moss (@Hannah Moss) 1526242299.0
@OdelayOwl Ok I messed up. The second one came out better but here you go, I now see your point but now you can see… https://t.co/9REkBuRaOB— Attichan the skyentist (@Attichan the skyentist) 1526244037.0
The challenge has been issued, NBA! Give the fans what they want: accurate dinosaurs.
I'd care more about the NBA if it meant I could be watching the Toronto Chocobos https://t.co/SZqcMR6UoU— Vladimir Poutine (@Vladimir Poutine) 1526274462.0
@OdelayOwl @joshlogan42 I just assumed that the Raptors were named as such because modern-day Toronto was the locat… https://t.co/GLxSXqymRX— Smooth Canine (@Smooth Canine) 1526265740.0