(Working title. I couldn't think of anything clever XD).
Edit: Wtf, for some reason it uploaded with an incorrect spelling. I think DA titles just don't understand accented characters. Kind of embarrassing XD.
I love all the Grass-type starters. In 5 out of 7 regions, the Grass type is my favourite (my favourite Hoenn starter is Mudkip and I haven't used all the Alola starters yet).
I like the fan theory about the "themes" for the starters, and the Grass= dinosaur one is fun to think about, even if it's a bit of a stretch. Honestly, a big part of this was revisiting my childhood (Jurassic Park and The Land Before Time ftw). After doing (a lot of) research, I found that all the species but Chespin could have existed in the Mesozoic era (finding out how long owls have been around was the biggest surprise of this project). Even Chespin could be based off the first mammals, if the theory is stretched to state that the Grass starters are based on ancient animals.
I decided to draw the unevolved forms as they are in canon, and draw the evolved forms with aspects of the dinosaur they're based off of (there are only four final forms because the last three evolution lines weren't based off dinosaurs). I have a head canon that they evolved to be of a smaller size, since that actually happens to a lot of irl species.
Quick notes (these are very general):
Bulbasaur line: Dicynodont. Permian to Cretaceous period (268-150 mya). Herbivore, from size of a rat to the size of a horse.
Treecko line: Dilophosaurus, early Jurassic period (200-190 mya). Carnivore, 20 ft long.
Chikorita line: Apatosaurus, Jurassic period (157- 146 mya). Herbivore, massive (70 ft long).
Snivy line: Snake fossils date back to Jurassic period (143-167 mya). www.google.com/amp/s/www.seeke…
<- Snakes could have possibly had short limbs.
Turtwig line: Ankylosaurus, Cretaceous period (74-65 mya). Herbivore, massive (up to 33 ft long).
Chespin line: It's a stretch, but is more mammalian than the first five starters. Likely represents first mammals. www.thoughtco.com/the-first-ma…
Rowlet line: owls have been around since 70-80 mya.
That's about it. Enjoy! :3
Pokémon- Nintendo, Satoshi Tajiri
I got most of my info from this site-www.dinosaurjungle.com/index.p…
If you're interested in paleontology, it's a fun site.