Dr Simon Conway Morris says: "The human is extraordinarily well designed," he says. The whole arrangement is actually designed for a particular mode of life, which, as you can see looking around us, is incredibly successful…If it's such a good solution for us, is it so difficult to imagine it could be a good solution for a dinosaur, therefore a 'dinosauroid'?"
The show even includes full-sized, bold constructions of ‘dinosauroids’. Ok so maybe I am being to harsh and this is just a little fun, but I like my popular science to at least have some element of science.
Watch a video of what BBC2 thinks 21st century dinosaurs might look like.
ETA: the Dinosauria web site has a pretty comprehensive list of dinosaurs in science fiction and fantasy (pdf), as does SciFan. The Internet Review of Science Fiction has an overview of which dinosaur stories can be considered "essential novels" and "essential short fiction" (free subscription required). Some of the recommended titles that include dinosaurs that survived to the present :
- Robert J. Sawyer's Quintaglio Ascension trilogy features an intelligent race evolved from dinosaurs living on the planet Quintaglio. Be sure to read his essay about the evolution of the Quintaglios too. (Amazon links: Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter, Foreigner).
- Barry B. Longyear's The Homecoming, in which intelligent descendants of the dinosaurs return to Earth.
- Eric Garcia's humorous Dinosaur Mafia stories (Latest: Hot and Sweaty Rex), with dinosaurs alive and committing crimes in L.A. These books look the closest to the world of coexisting dinos and humans dramatized in My Pet Dinosaur.
- Greg Bear's Dinosaur Summer, a sequel of sorts to Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (free!), in which dinosaurs have survived on an isolated South American plateau.