October 24, 2012 by Rubixcube
After a grueling few hours of meticulously viewing profile pictures on the Toronto Raptors’ roster, it struck me that one Raptor actually looked like a velociraptor dinosaur: John Lucas III. It seemed subtle at first, but as I re-viewed his profile picture it became clear.
He has all the facial characteristics of our prehistoric nemesis. He has the typical prominent prognathous of the face. He has a sauropsid arrangement of the temporal fenestrae in the cranium. His palatoquadrate is fused into his cranium and the Meckel’s cartilage is suspended from the palatoquadrate. There is no hyomandibular involvement for this jaw suspension–what we would call a metautostylic jaw suspension. So the evidence all points towards a highly reptilian organism with traits that strikingly resemble a velociraptor.
This may come as a huge shock to many, but we must be accepting of his difference. He definitely conceals it well. So if there is anything you can take home from this post, it’s to be accepting of differences in appearance; please be accepting of the fact that John Lucas III looks like a velociraptor. It will make our chances of making the playoffs so much better if his morale doesn’t take a blow from the critics and haters out there.