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Dinosaur (from modern Latin dinosaurus, from Greek deinos ‘terrible’ + sauros ‘lizard’) is a creature type used for cards depicting prehistoric reptles. Dinosaurs can be bipedal or quadrupedal species. Elaborate display structures such as horns or crests are common to all dinosaur groups, and some have skeletal modifications such as bony armor and spines. According to modern science, dinosaurs are ancestors of birds and were feathered themselves.

Definition[edit | edit source]

Current scientific consensus is that the definition of Dinosaurs exclude the flying pterosaurs, as well as the various groups of marine reptiles, such as ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. This distiction is largely ignored in popular cultar. It remains to be seen how this is to be handled in the gaming environment of Magic: The Gathering.

History[edit | edit source]

Pygmy Allosaurus from Ice Age was the first card to be printed with the creature type Dinosaur. The type was dropped in the Grand Creature Type Update and subsequent Dinosaurs were printed as Lizard Beasts (Crag Saurian, Shivan Raptor, Gnathosaur, Imperiosaur and Deathmist Raptor). Old Fogey from Unhinged was the only exception and the card to retain the subtype Dinosaur, because un-cards were eliminated from the Comprehensive Rules list.

According to Aaron Forsythe, a dinosaur world was "unlikely to happen, because they do nothing".[1]. However, on Announcement Day in june 2017 it was revealed that the Ixalan block would feature feathered dinosaurs. Kelly Digges confirmed on Twitter that the creature type would be restored and existing dinos would get Oracle updates.[2]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Scaly allosaurs and raptors once roamed areas such as Shiv.

Mirrodin[edit | edit source]

Pterons, pterodactyl-like flying creatures, soar the skies above the Razor Fields of Mirrodin.[3] Unlike virtually every other reptillian creature in the game, they are associated with White, though they aren't represented in cards other than Pteron Ghost (which is a pure spirit).

Ixalan[edit | edit source]

Dinosaurs are wildlife in the world of Ixalan. Unlike dinosaurs from other planes, these bear brilliant scarlet plumage. Some are associated with the sun.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (November 7, 2014.) “PAX Australia Magic Panel”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Kelly Digges on Twitter
  3. Magic Arcana. (June 22, 2004.) “All about pterons”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.