The Next Issue of Prehistoric Times Magazine is at the Printers
Spring is in the air, the frogspawn in our office pond has turned from black dots to commas and with the arrival of British Summer Time (BST), the days seem longer. The next issue of “Prehistoric Times” magazine must be coming out soon and sure enough we received an email from the editor informing us that issue 129 (spring 2019), is at the printers. This issue will commemorate the publication of one of the most important and influential papers on the Dinosauria ever produced. It is fifty years since John Ostrom’s seminal paper on Deinonychus antirrhopus appeared in the scientific literature.
The Front Cover of “Prehistoric Times” Magazine (Spring 2019)
Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks
Bulletin of the Peabody Museum
The front cover features a stunning illustration of D. antirrhopus. Mike Fredericks (editor) wrote to us saying:
“The Deinonychus cover is by Kurt Miller, a super talented CG artist who did the Carnotaurus cover on issue #117.”
Inside the magazine, the excellent and most informative Phil Hore will discuss the anniversary of the ground-breaking paper. Ostrom’s paper entitled “Osteology of Deinonychus antirrhopus, an unusual Theropod from the Lower Cretaceous of Montana”, was published in the Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History in July 1969. The entire paper can be downloaded (all 165 plus pages), as a pdf from the Museum’s archive. It was this paper that defined Deinonychus as a fast-moving, agile predator and that demonstrated that birds evolved from members of the Dinosauria.
The 1969 paper features an illustration of Deinonychus, one that helped to redefine the way academics and the public view dinosaurs. It was regarded as a “dinosaur renaissance”.
The Original “Dinosaur Renaissance”
Picture Credit: Robert T. Bakker (1969)
The Spring Issue of Prehistoric Times
The spring issue of “Prehistoric Times” includes an article on the enigmatic chalicotheres and it features the illustrations of the British artist and author Dougal Dixon. The head of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc, from Tarzana, California, writes an informative piece about Burroughs and the book that inspired numerous writers “The Land That Time Forgot”. Philip J Currie returns for the second part of his feature on the dinosaurs of “The Land That Time Forgot” and Stephen Brusatte provides a review of the top palaeontology related news stories of the last twelve months.
The front cover of the magazine with its splendid Deinonychus artwork is certainly very eye-catching, as it that fuscia-coloured font.
Mike Fredericks confessed:
“A favourite magazine of mine as a kid, Famous Monsters of Filmland used neon colours like this pink for their cover login in the 1970’s and this logo is a bit of a tribute to it.”
We are looking forward to receiving our copy of “Prehistoric Times”, it should be with us very soon.
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