Prehistoric Times Issue 128 Is Coming!
The next edition of the quarterly magazine for dinosaur fans and prehistoric animal model collectors “Prehistoric Times”, is due to arrive very soon. Issue 128 (winter 2019), celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel “The Land that Time Forgot”, hence the intriguing front cover where a tyrannosaurid is in combat with a Woolly Mammoth. Mammoths and members of the Tyrannosauridae family have featured on the front cover of this popular magazine before, but we can’t remember an edition of “Prehistoric Times”, where these two iconic but temporally distant creatures have appeared on the cover together.
The Front Cover of Prehistoric Times Magazine – Issue 128
Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks
“The Land that Time Forgot”
American author Edgar Rice Burroughs, set the story at the height of World War I. A ship carrying the main protagonist of the book, Bowen Tyler, is sunk by a German U-boat U-33, the submarine also attacks the British vessel that attempts to pick up survivors of the first attack. A fierce struggle takes place between the British sailors and the German submariners and the U-boat is captured. The survivors board the submarine and attempt to take it to an Allied port, but this proves too dangerous as all Allied shipping treats the U-boat as a potential target. Meanwhile, a saboteur disrupts the navigation and the vessel ends up in Antarctic waters. Low on food and fuel, the submariners find a huge island, surrounded by gigantic cliffs and when this landmass is explored, the German and Allied sailors discover it is populated by a pot-pourri of prehistoric animals.
The plot may sound familiar, as the story has featured in many publications, since its first inception a hundred years ago. In the mid 1970’s a film with the same title as the novel came out with American actor Doug McClure playing the lead role of Bowen Tyler.
Trilobites, Triceratops and a famous Canadian Palaeontologist
The forthcoming edition of “Prehistoric Times” will feature a profile of one of the most famous dinosaurs of all, “three-horned face” – Triceratops. There is the latest instalment in the long running feature on the influential artwork of the Czech artist Zdeněk Burian by John Lavas, this time it is the Mosasauridae that are put into the spotlight. One of the most successful types of arthropod in evolutionary history, the Trilobita are given top billing. Team members are looking forward to reading more about this biostratigraphically important Class.
Last but not least, Professor Phil Currie is interviewed. This internationally renowned palaeontologist needs no introduction. Professor Currie’s scientific accomplishments have led to a greater understanding of dinosaurs and their historic significance and he was instrumental in helping to set up with the University of Alberta the first free-to-access on-line course on the Dinosauria – Dino 101.
Trilobites, Triceratops and Top Palaeontologist Phil Currie Share Top Billing
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur, University of Alberta and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County