Dinosaur

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Dinosaur (from modern Latin dinosaurus, from Greek deinos ‘terrible’ + sauros ‘lizard’) is a creature type used for cards depicting prehistoric reptile-like and related creatures. 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 many non-avian dinosaurs were feathered themselves.

Definition[edit | edit source]

Current scientific consensus is that the definition of Dinosaurs excludes the flying pterosaurs, as well as the various groups of marine reptiles, such as ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. This distinction is largely ignored in popular culture, and similarly in Magic: The Gathering pterosaurs are typed as dinosaurs.[1][2][3]

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; the card retained 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".[4]. 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.[5] In September 2017, 13 older cards were indeed updated to have the subtype.[6] With this, Fungusaur from Alpha retroactively became the earliest card with the subtype.

In Ixalan block, Dinosaurs is actually one of the four main supported tribes.[7][8]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Scaly allosaurs and raptors once roamed areas such as Shiv.

Fiora[edit | edit source]

Like on Ixalan, Fiora´s wilderness is home to feathered raptorian dinosaurs. Selvala of Alberon is known to be able to call them as she can do with many other wild beasts and birds.

Ixalan[edit | edit source]

Dinosaurs are the dominant wildlife in the world of Ixalan, inhabiting its jungles and especially the lands of the Sun Empire, where some are controlled by the Sun Empire (without being domesticated).[9][10] Unlike dinosaurs from other planes, these bear brilliant plumage in multiple colors.[11][12][13] They are associated with the sun, and local dinosaurian avatars embody different solar stages.

Mirrodin[edit | edit source]

Pterons, pterodactyl-like flying creatures, soar the skies above the Razor Fields of Mirrodin.[14] They are associated with White, though they aren't represented in cards other than Pteron Ghost (which is a pure spirit).

Tyrranax are giant predatory reptiles that roam the Tangle, feeding on any lesser creature.

Muraganda[edit | edit source]

Imperiosaurs and other giant saurians inhabit this primeval and wild plane and are sometimes victims to the dreaded Mimeoplasm.

Tarkir[edit | edit source]

The mist valleys are home to some fearsome raptorian saurians with camouflage abilities.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Dinosaur tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Dinosaur Green Creature — Dinosaur 3/3 Trample

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (September 07, 2017.) "Some Ixalan science concerns", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (August 28, 2017.) "How many comments have you gotten mentioning that Pterosaurs and their ilk are not actually dinosaurs?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (October 2, 2017.) “Dinosaurs and Vampires and Pirates (and Merfolk), Oh My, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast. (November 7, 2014.) “PAX Australia Magic Panel”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Kelly Digges on Twitter
  6. Nicholas Wolfram. (September 6, 2017.) “A Royal Recipe for Dinosaur Tribal”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (September 18, 2017.) “Just for Ix(alan), Part 3”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Sam Stoddard. (September 12, 2017.) “Developing a Tribal Set”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Blake Rasmussen and Alison Luhrs. (August 30, 2017.) “Magic Story Podcast: Ixalan”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. R&D Narrative Team. (November 1, 2017.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Ixalan, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Nicholas Wolfram. (September 6, 2017.) “Exploring Ixalan – Regisaur Alpha”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Nicholas Wolfram. (September 7, 2017.) “Exploring Ixalan – Raptor Hatchling”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Nicholas Wolfram. (September 8, 2017.) “Exploring Ixalan – Rampaging Ferocidon”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Magic Arcana. (June 22, 2004.) “All about pterons”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.