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20 01, 2011

Review of Prehistoric Times (Winter 2011)

By | January 20th, 2011|Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

Review of Prehistoric Times (Issue 96)

Our copy of Prehistoric Times arrived yesterday, a chance for us to catch up on all things related to prehistoric animal models and palaeontology, plus it reminded us to forward on to the editor some new pictures of the Papo “Dinosaures” releases for 2011.

The front cover of the latest edition of Prehistoric Times features the bizarre, gigantic South American extinct rodent Josephoartigasia as painted by James Gurney.   Described as a cross between a “pig and a rhinoceros”, the author and illustrator of the Dinotopia series comments in a brief article, how he went about creating this artwork.  In another section, James outlines how he went about creating a prehistoric scene showing Titanoboa (the largest snake known to science) constricting a large crocodile.

The Front Cover of Prehistoric Times (Winter 2011)

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

There is a special feature on those cursorial Ornithomimosaurs with lots of artwork and illustrations submitted by readers and it is great to see an extensive and highly informative article on that often over looked group of animals the prehistoric giraffes (no pun intended, as if you could literally overlook a giraffe).

A very handy, double page spread written by the excellent Steve Brusatte of the American Museum of Natural History/Columbia University which highlights some of the most important palaeontological news stories of the last year, plus an informative report on the exhibits to be found at the Field Museum (Chicago) can be found in this edition.

Wonderful to read the article about dinosaur colouring books and how they have changed over the last twenty-five years and we were excited to see that there is going to be a re-issue of that amazing Tyrannosaurus rex 1:13 scale model produced originally by Aurora models back in the 1970s.  One of our team members has this kit somewhere, perhaps we should rebuild it, complete with its glow in the dark teeth and set it up in our boardroom.

Once again, a jam-packed edition and a credit to all the writers and illustrators concerned.

To visit Prehistoric Times website: Prehistoric Times

13 10, 2010

Review of Prehistoric Times (Autumn Edition)

By | October 13th, 2010|Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|1 Comment

Review of Prehistoric Times (Issue 95)

Our copy of Prehistoric Times has just arrived and I have managed to get a quick look before it gets hogged by all the other team members.  Another bumper edition with lots and lots of dinosaur and model making information from the number one magazine for the dinosaur fan and dinosaur model collector.

The first thing to stay about issue 95, the autumn edition, or as our across the Atlantic friends like to say, the fall edition, is the superb artwork on the front cover.

Front Cover Artwork on Prehistoric Times (Issue 95)

Artwork Credit: Daren Horley

The front cover features a magnificent picture of that late Cretaceous bone-headed dinosaur – Dracorex.  It was drawn by Daren Horley, the artist behind the artwork on the “Walking with Dinosaurs” television series and “Primeval”.  A Dracorex featured in series two of Primeval (Impossible Pictures).  In this particular episode time anomolies collide and a English knight from the Middle Ages mistakes a Dracorex for a dragon and evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter and his team have to break up the ensuing fight and return both parties to their respective time periods.  This issue of Prehistoric Times includes an interview with Daren and displays some of his amazing digital artwork, including some of the animals seen on the television programmes.

There is a special article on Iguanodon and it is great to see one of our many artist chums Richard Bizley, having his artwork displayed (look for it on page 14).  There is lots and lots of artwork to view and as always a summary of the latest dinosaur finds and discoveries.

Best of all, Phil Hore has written a highly informative and entertaining feature on the Trilobites, those wonderous Arthropods that sadly became extinct at the end of the Permian period.  Lots of really great pictures and information on these amazing creatures from the fossil record.  I look forward to being able to read this article tonight when I finish work.

Another great edition of Prehistoric Times, the magazine for dinosaur fans and model collectors.

Visit Prehistoric Times website: Prehistoric Times

20 07, 2010

Review of Prehistoric Times (Issue 94)

By | July 20th, 2010|Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

Review of Prehistoric Times Magazine (Summer edition)

The eagerly awaited next edition of the quarterly magazine Prehistoric Times arrived late last week, sent over from the United States as promptly as ever.  Prehistoric Times is the magazine for dinosaur enthusiasts and model collectors.  Once again this Summer edition does not disappoint, we loved the front cover artwork depicting two time travellers coming face to face with a Tyrannosaur in some ancient, primeval jungle.  The artist Mark Rehkopf produced this illustration especially for the magazine and there is an interview with Mark and a showcase of some of his work on the inside pages.

The Specially Commissioned Artwork for Prehistoric Times

Summer edition

Picture Credit: Mark Rehkopf/Mike Fredericks

The featured prehistoric animals this quarter are Therizinosaurs (a special on Scythe Lizards) plus an article on amazing Pterosaurs and an update on Megalodon facts and fallacies.  Once again there are lots of examples of reader’s artwork featured and a really fascinating article written by the excellent Tracy Lee Ford on swimming Psittacosaurs.  Great to see a review and some super pictures of the Museum of Ancient Life in Utah (we really must send in some pics and information on the museums we work with).  Also, in the book review section there is an unbiased and informative review on the new Horned Dinosaurs book – “New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Royal Tyrrell Museum Ceratopsian Symposium”, a definitive study of horned dinosaurs (not withstanding the current controversy over T.  latus and T. horridus.

All in all a super magazine and well worth the subscription.

To visit the Prehistoric Times website: Prehistoric Times

20 06, 2010

Sneak Preview of Prehistoric Times (Summer 2010)

By | June 20th, 2010|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

Sneak Preview of Next Edition of Prehistoric Times (edition 94)

On Friday, we received an email from our good friend Mike Fredericks (editor of Prehistoric Times), in the email was a sneak preview of the next edition of this magazine for dinosaur fans, palaeoartists and model collectors.

Prehistoric Times, is the magazine for dinosaur enthusiasts and it is packed full of news stories, features, artwork and information about the latest developments in palaeontology as well as lots and lots of information about prehistoric animal models.

Sneak Preview of Prehistoric Times (Issue 94)

Prehistoric Times (issue 94)

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

As well as featuring cool prehistoric animals such as the amazing Therizinosaurs (Scythe lizards), the giant shark Megalodon and Pterosaurs it is going to be fun to read all about the Dryptosaurus project – a campaign to publicise and eventually lead to a mounted exhibit of the USA’s second oldest dinosaur (in terms of date described).

To visit the Prehistoric Times website: Prehistoric Times

25 04, 2010

Review of Prehistoric Times Magazine (Spring 2010)

By | April 25th, 2010|Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

A Review of Prehistoric Times Magazine (Spring 2010) – issue 93

The countdown to the centenary edition of Prehistoric Times continues with the eagerly awaited arrival of issue 92 (Spring 2010).  Prehistoric Times is an American based magazine designed to cater for prehistoric animal fans, amateur fossil hunters, model makers, collectors and enthusiasts of all things dinosaur.  Now in its seventeenth year of production this quarterly magazine goes from strength to strength.

Issue 93 covers a whopping 63 pages.  The featured prehistoric animals in this edition are Mastodons and Spinosaurus.  There is some super artwork on these amazing creatures, really nice to see a “Kids Korner” feature (trust our American friends to alter the English spelling), with a number of Spinosaurus drawings sent in by younger dinosaur fans.  There is a super article on Spinosaurus written by Phil Hore, it explains how the excavation of this particular dinosaur by the famous German palaeontologist Ernst Stromer was interrupted by world events and tells the story of how much of the early 20th Century fossil material was destroyed.

The Front Cover of Prehistoric Times Spring 2010

Issue 93

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

Tracy Lee Ford, has written a fascinating article in the series “How to Draw Dinosaurs”, concentrating on the drawing and interpretation of feathered dinosaurs.  This feature fits nicely with the Paleonews section, as it covers the evidence of colouration in a dinosaur fossil – the recently published paper on the small Chinese Theropod Sinosauropteryx.

To read more about this discovery: Melanosomes provide Further Evidence of Feathered Dinosaurs

The news section covers the latest dinosaur and prehistoric animal discoveries, and provides a summary of some of the news stories surrounding palaeontology that have been published in the last few months or so.  The Everything Dinosaur blog provides a little more detail on many of these news stories but it is a handy compendium of what has been happening in the dynamic Earth Sciences since Christmas.  Our old friends, the creators of Jurassic Wars – the dinosaur themed combat game get a mention and a review in the magazine and as I write this a model of Amebelodon (Carnegie Safari) looks down on me from the shelf and it is very pleasing to see the in-depth article on Mastodons and other primitive elephants written by Mark Hallett.

To subscribe to Prehistoric Times: Prehistoric Times Magazine

All in all, a very good publication from Mike Fredericks and team, we are looking forward to discussing the magazine and its contents in the office tomorrow – something to look forward to on a Monday morning.

 

23 01, 2010

Review of Prehistoric Times Winter 2010 (Edition 92)

By | January 23rd, 2010|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

Review of Prehistoric Times (Edition 92)

Our winter edition of Prehistoric Times arrived today, a Saturday, giving me the first chance to read the magazine as I was the first one into the Everything Dinosaur office this morning.  This is issue ninety-two of the magazine for dinosaur fans and prehistoric animal modellers and what a great read it is.

Lovely to see a review of the John Sibbick prehistoric animal art exhibition that took place on the Isle of Wight as well as an interview with  Dr. Scott Sampson palaeontologist and evolutionary biologist, who discusses some of the latest dinosaur discoveries from the Badlands of the United States.

Featured prehistoric animals in this edition include Stegosaurus, with lots of fascinating facts and information plus many drawings and Stegosaurus artwork contributed by readers.  Great to see a feature on the Palaeozoic super-predator Anomalocaris, some wonderful pictures and lots of really interesting data on this bizarre apex predator of the Cambrian.

The Front Cover of Prehistoric Times (Winter 2010)

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

Inside the magazine there is a summary of the major palaeontological discoveries over the last twelve months plus a behind the scenes look at how Safari Ltd design their prehistoric animal models.

To learn more about Prehistoric Times: Prehistoric Times Magazine

25 10, 2009

Review of Prehistoric Times Magazine (Edition 91)

By | October 25th, 2009|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

Review of Prehistoric Times Magazine Autumn Edition

The latest edition of Prehistoric Times, the magazine for dinosaur enthusiasts and model collectors arrived a few days ago.  As always, this magazine is jam-packed full of articles, news, stories, illustrations and information on the latest research.

The main dinosaur to be featured this month is the Brachiosaur, and other relatives of the Macronaria, these super-sized titans of the Mesozoic.  The front cover depicts a herd of Brachiosaurs peacefully browsing whilst a flock of Pterosaurs fly overhead. This illustration was done by the very talented artist Juanjo Castellano.  Inside the magazine there is an in-depth article on the Brachiosaur family with lots of new information about the latest discoveries.  We were particularly impressed by the scale drawing showing the relative sizes of Brachiosaurs (prepared by Nima Sassoni) – very good.  On the subject of drawings there is part two of the excellent article written by Tracy Lee Ford on how to draw Oviraptorids and a lovely and very informative article on prehistoric cave art from around the world.

The Front Cover of the Autumn Edition of Prehistoric Times

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

There is even something for fans of prehistoric mammals with an article written by Phil Hore on the predatory characteristics of two giant prehistoric carnivores, the huge Andrewsarchus and the equally impressive Megistotherium (Hyaenodontid).

Prehistoric Times website: Prehistoric Times Magazine

23 04, 2009

Review of the Spring Edition of Prehistoric Times (Edition 89)

By | April 23rd, 2009|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

Review of Prehistoric Times Spring Edition (Spring 2009)

Spring is in the air, we don’t have to worry about frosts in the morning any more and we have the chance when we get a moment to read our spring edition of Prehistoric Times, the excellent magazine for dinosaur fans and model collectors.

In this edition, prehistoric lions are featured with lots and lots of Panthera inspired artwork as well as fascinating facts and analysis of fossil finds.  Great to see part of the magazine dedicated to that star of the short-frilled Ceratopsids – Styracosaurus.  We agree with Mike Fredericks (editor), Styracosaurus is probably one of our favourite dinosaurs too.

Front Cover of Prehistoric Times (Spring Edition)

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

Intriguing to read Mark Berry’s article regarding “Primeval” the science fiction TV series now into a third series on ITV1.  There are rumours that negotiations have started in the USA for the production of an American TV spin off and there has been talk of a film based on the TV series.  One minor point, in the magazine, Primeval is referred to as a BBC TV programme but we don’t think this is the case as it is a production from Impossible Pictures and we don’t think the BBC are involved.  However, one small quibble in what is another excellent edition of Prehistoric Times.

Wonderful to read an article on Zdenek Burian, a very well known artist of landscapes and prehistoric animals, whose work was featured in many dinosaur books some of which we can remember reading in our youth (millions of years ago).

To visit the website of Prehistoric Times: Prehistoric Times Magazine

21 10, 2008

Review of the Autumn Edition of Prehistoric Times #87

By | October 21st, 2008|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

Prehistoric Times Autumn 2008

It’s that time of year again when the latest edition of Prehistoric Times, the must have magazine for dinosaur and prehistoric animal model enthusiasts lands on the office door mat.

In this edition of the quarterly magazine edited by Mike Fredericks, there are features on the “boneheads” of the Mesozoic the Pachycephalosaurs, plus an examination of some of the best preserved mummified dinosaur remains and information on what these extraordinary finds can tell palaeontologists.

With all the news on research and the latest discoveries, this edition is packed full of useful information and informative articles – we particularly liked the articles on Iguanodonts and those fearsome, but often overlooked beasts Entelodonts.

Top artists and illustrators are once again featured, with one of our favourite Palaeo artists John Sibbeck and his latest exhibition reported upon.  The Douglas Henderson interview provides an insight into the life and work of this incredibly dedicated and passionate illustrator.

The Autumn Edition of Prehistoric Times

Autumn 2008 issue

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

This magazine is in its fifteenth year of publication and continues to impress and inform.  If you want to keep up with the latest developments in palaeontology as well as learn all about the latest models and the market for dinosaur memorabilia, then Prehistoric Times is definitely the magazine for you.

Click on the picture of the 2008 magazine cover to visit the Prehistoric Times website.

21 07, 2008

Review of Summer Edition of Prehistoric Times (Edition 86)

By | July 21st, 2008|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

Review of Summer Edition of Prehistoric Times (Edition 86)

Another fact filled edition of Prehistoric Times is just out, this is the Summer edition of the quarterly magazine for Dinosaur enthusiasts and model collectors.  As always the standard of editing and article writing is high with lots of information about new models and the latest developments in palaeontology crammed into the magazine’s 60 colour pages.

The front cover features a Carcharodontosaurus “shark-toothed lizard”, an Allosaurid Theropod from mid-Cretaceous North Africa.  A representative of a family of dinosaurs that may well turn out to be the largest meat-eating dinosaurs of all.

The Front Cover of Prehistoric Times (ed. 86)

Issue 86

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks

There is an extensive article that brings together the latest research on these particular carnivores, informing the reader about the first discoveries of Carcharodontosaurids as well us providing updates on the latest interpretations of recently found meat-eaters which may also be classified a members of this dinosaur family.

In addition, there is a super and very practical article written by William Stout on how to become a paleoartist plus amongst all the other product reviews and news stories there is the first part of a feature by Tracy Ford on swimming dinosaurs.

Pleasing to see those early pioneers of the Sabre-Tooth look the Gorgonopsids are included in this edition.  There are lots of drawings of this fierce animal which have been sent in by readers and the article provides readers with further details on some of the 40 different species of family Gorgonopsidae.  Gorgonopsids had their profile raised when one of their kind, Gorgonops was featured in the BBC TV series “Walking with Monsters” and the first series of ITV’s action adventure series “Primeval”.

To subscribe to Prehistoric Times: Prehistoric Times Magazine

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