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19 06, 2022

“Paleontology An Illustrated History” Reviewed

By | June 19th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Over the last few weeks, team members at Everything Dinosaur have been enjoying “Palaeontology an Illustrated History” by Dr David Bainbridge. A beautifully illustrated book that examines the art and science of palaeontology from its earliest origins to the modern discipline it is today.

This skilfully crafted publication provides an insight not only into the way that the study of fossils and past life has changed, but looks in detail at how famous fossil discoveries have been interpreted and depicted. The work and illustrations of Mary Anning feature, along with reflections on the influence of such luminaries as Georges Cuvier, Charles Darwin, Jenny Clack and Roy Chapman Andrews.

The front cover of "Paleontology an Illustrated History"
The front cover of “Paleontology an Illustrated History” features a lithograph of an ichthyosaur (Temnodontosaurus platyodon) and (below) an illustration of “A Paris Fossil” by Cuvier.

Splendid Sketches, Engravings and Computer-generated Images

Divided into four main chapters, the author takes the reader on a journey through the history of palaeontology and the artwork associated with key fossil discoveries and ground-breaking research. David Bainbridge brings to life the people and the stories behind some of the most significant developments in the Earth sciences. Illustrations of early sketches, engravings as well as state-of-the-art computer-generated images providing a perfect accompaniment demonstrating how our views of the ancient world and the animals contained therein have changed.

An early illustration of pterosaurs.
The book contains over a hundred, full-colour illustrations depicting how the art associated with the science of palaeontology has changed. This is an early illustration of a pterosaur. Picture credit: Edward Newman.

Palaeontology and the Artists that Illustrate Scientific Discoveries

The author, a comparative anatomist at the University of Cambridge, explains how our perceptions regarding prehistoric animals have been changed by their depiction on the big screen, perhaps most famously in King Kong (1933) and Jurassic Park, which was premiered some sixty years later. He looks at how palaeoart has developed from the early influencers such as Charles Knight through the work of Neave Parker and how modern-day palaeoartists work with researchers to produce illustrations that accompany scientific papers.

Changmiania liaoningensis fossil material and life reconstruction.
The perfectly preserved holotype fossil of Changmiania liaoningensis with a life reconstruction. The book “Paleontology an Illustrated History” examines how ground-breaking fossil discoveries have been illustrated from the origins of palaeontology through to the modern day. Picture credit: Carine Ciselet/RBINS-IRSNB-KBIN.

A Comprehensive Account

“Paleontology an Illustrated History” is a most enjoyable and comprehensive account demonstrating how art and scientific enquiry combine to help inform, enlighten and educate.

Highly recommended.

Book details:

  • Published by Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9780691220925
  • 256 pages
  • 100+ colour illustrations

To purchase this excellent book, visit the Princeton University Press website and search for “David Bainbridge”, the Princeton University Press site is here: Princeton University Press.

29 04, 2022

“Paleontology an Illustrated History”

By | April 29th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Photos, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur team members are looking forward to reading and then reviewing a new book by renowned author Professor David Bainbridge that charts the development of the science of palaeontology using classical and contemporary scientific illustrations.

"Palaeontology an Illustrated History"
The front cover of “Paleontology an Illustrated History” by David Bainbridge a comparative anatomist in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge.

Lavishly Illustrated

This lavishly illustrated volume, published by Princeton University Press: Princeton University Press examines how art and illustrators have informed both academia and the general public about fossil discoveries and scientific research. It is lavishly illustrated, the author providing a beautifully crafted examination of the art and science of palaeontology from the ancient Greek civilisation right up to the modern day with its techniques of three-dimensional modelling, computed tomography and scanning electron microscopy.

Neave Parker Megalosaurus.
The Neave Parker Megalosaurus illustration (1960) on a postcard available from the London Natural History Museum in the 1960s and 1970s.

The book “Paleontology an Illustrated History” highlights the contribution to palaeoart made by figures such as the English artist Neave Parker. Neave Parker created iconic images of dinosaurs in collaboration with the scientists at the British Museum (now the London Natural History Museum). The book looks at the contribution made to scientific illustration by artists such as Burian, Zallinger and Charles Knight.

It also includes full colour plates of stunning fossil discoveries as well as biographies of the palaeontologists who have helped shape our view of ancient lifeforms and ecosystems.

Team members at Everything Dinosaur are looking forward to reading this exciting book and providing a more detailed review.

24 04, 2022

Prehistoric Times Spring Issue Reviewed

By | April 24th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

The latest issue of “Prehistoric Times” magazine has arrived at Everything Dinosaur’s offices and team members have been admiring all the reader submitted artwork, articles and features contained therein.

The front cover illustration has been provided by British palaeoartist John Sibbick, who must hold the record for the number of “Prehistoric Times” front covers produced by a single artist. The stunning illustration depicts typical Jehol Biota members Microraptor and Jeholornis and there are plenty of feathers on show which is appropriate as inside the magazine regular contributor Tracy Lee Ford provides part three of his excellent series on integumentary coverings.

Prehistoric Times issue 141.
The front cover artwork for the next edition of “Prehistoric Times” magazine. John Sibbick has depicted some of the feathered dinosaurs associated with the famous Jehol Biota. Picture credit: Mike Fredericks.

Bajadasaurus and the Fearsome Thalattoarchon

Phil Hore provides information on the bizarre sauropod Bajadasaurus and the ferocious Triassic ichthyosaur Thalattoarchon and there are plenty of reader submitted examples of artwork to admire too. Palaeontologist Gregory S. Paul co-authored a scientific paper published recently that proposes that there were three species of Tyrannosaurus in the Late Cretaceous of North America. The magazine includes an in-depth explanation of the paper’s conclusions and reviews the evidence.

To read the article by Everything Dinosaur on the potential split of the Tyrannosaurus genus into three species: Are There Three Tyrannosaurus Species?

Randy Knol updates collectors with the latest model news and editor Mike Fredericks reviews the latest book releases and there is a comprehensive section providing details of recent fossil discoveries and research.

Burian and the Marginocephalians

John R. Lavas continues his long-running series highlighting the astonishing artwork of the Czech artist Zdeněk Burian. Issue 141 of “Prehistoric Times” sees him focusing on the Burian’s interpretation of ceratopsids and their close relatives.

Zdeněk Burian illustrates Chasmosaurus.
An illustration of Chasmosaurus by Zdeněk Burian.

Jon Noad tells the story of one of Calgary Zoo’s oldest residents Dinny the dinosaur and Sean Kotz explains how to create a model of a Pachyrhinosaurus. Brian Novak provides part two of his series on prehistoric coins, not currency from the Cretaceous, but an illustrated guide to the types of coins and currency with a prehistoric animal theme.

The spring edition of “Prehistoric Times” is highly recommended and you can subscribe to this quarterly publication here: Subscribe to “Prehistoric Times” magazine.

9 04, 2022

Prehistoric Times Issue 141 Sneak Peek

By | April 9th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page, Prehistoric Times|0 Comments

Mike Fredericks, the editor of the wonderful “Prehistoric Times” magazine has sent Everything Dinosaur a picture of the front cover artwork for the next edition (spring 2022). The illustration, depicting some of the feathered members of the Dinosauria associated with northern China in the Early Cretaceous was created by renowned British palaeoartist John Sibbick.

Prehistoric Times issue 141.
The front cover artwork for the next edition of “Prehistoric Times” magazine. John Sibbick has depicted some of the feathered dinosaurs associated with the famous Jehol Biota. Picture credit: Mike Fredericks.

“Prehistoric Times” Issue 141

The magazine is sent out 4 times a year and John Sibbick has produced several front cover artworks for “Prehistoric Times”. His latest contribution highlights the diversity of the feathered dinosaurs associated with the Yixian and Jiufotang Formations of north-eastern China that existed between approximately 130-120 million years ago (Hauterivian through to the early Aptian faunal stage of the Cretaceous).

Tracy Lee Ford continues the feathery theme by providing another section of his highly informative series on how to draw integumentary coverings.

The spring 2022 issue will also feature the bizarre sauropod Bajadasaurus that was named and described in 2019 and the massive Triassic ichthyosaur from the western United States – Thalattoarchon.

With the recently produced scientific paper published in “Evolutionary Biology” postulating that Tyrannosaurus rex fossils actually represent three species of closely related tyrannosaur: Are there three tyrannosaurus species? One of the co-authors, American palaeontologist Gregoy S. Paul provides a summary of the paper’s findings.

Jam-packed with fascinating articles and features, plus of course, lots of reader submitted artwork, team members at Everything Dinosaur are really looking forward to the arrival of the next edition of “Prehistoric Times”.

To subscribe to the magazine: Visit the “Prehistoric Times” website.

24 03, 2022

Win, Win, Win with Everything Dinosaur

By | March 24th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|7 Comments

There is still time to enter Everything Dinosaur’s competition to win a copy of the fantastic “Explorers of Deep Time” by the eminent American palaeontologist Roy Plotnick. This new book explains what it’s really like to be a palaeontologist. Roy takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the ups and downs, the trials and triumphs of pursuing a career in the Earth sciences. If you have ever thought about studying fossils for a living, then this book is for you!

Please note this competition is now closed!

Visit Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page for a chance to win a copy: Everything Dinosaur on Facebook.

Win a copy of "Explorers of Deep Time"
Win a copy of “Explorers of Deep Time” in Everything Dinosaur’s free to enter Facebook competition.

There is still a week to go before the competition closes (midnight BST 31st March 2022).

Please note this competition is now closed!

“Explorers of Deep Time” Book Competition

All you have to do to enter the competition to win a free copy is visit Everything Dinosaur on Facebook “Like” our page, then leave a comment on the competition post naming the dinosaur whose skull fossil features on the front cover.

To Enter the Competition

To enter Everything Dinosaur’s competition to win a free copy of “Explorers of Deep Time”, all you have to do is:

Visit Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page: Visit Everything Dinosaur on Facebook.

“Like” Everything Dinosaur on Facebook.

“Like” our competition post and enter the competition.

Name the dinosaur whose skull is shown on the front cover of the book (a clue – it is the skull of an iconic horned dinosaur).

Explorers of Deep Time front cover
The front cover of “Explorers of Deep Time” by eminent American palaeontologist Roy Plotnick. You can win a copy of this fabulous book in Everything Dinosaur’s free to enter competition. Picture credit: Columbia University Press.

Not on Facebook? Not a Problem You can Still Enter the Competition

If you are not on Facebook, just leave a comment on this blog post to enter. Tell us the name of the horned dinosaur whose skull is shown on the bottom of the front cover of “Explorers of Deep Time” in the comments section of this blog post and we will automatically enter you into our free prize draw to win a copy.

Terms and Conditions of the “Explorers of Deep Time” Book Competition

  • Automated entries are not permitted and will be excluded from the draw.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • The Everything Dinosaur “Explorers of Deep Time” competition runs until midnight (BST) Thursday 31st of March 2022.
  • Winner will be notified by private message on Facebook or via the Everything Dinosaur Blog.
  • Prize includes postage and packing.
  • For full terms and conditions: Email Everything Dinosaur.

Don’t forget the competition closes at midnight BST on the 31st March (2022). We wish you the very best of luck.

12 03, 2022

Win a Copy of “Explorers of Deep Time”

By | March 12th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|10 Comments

Everything Dinosaur has another fantastic, prehistoric animal themed giveaway. We have a copy of the new book “Explorers of Deep Time” by the eminent palaeontologist Roy Plotnick of the University of Illinois, Chicago and we are giving you the chance to win it.

Please note the competition is now closed!

Visit Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page for a chance to win: Everything Dinosaur on Facebook.

Explorers of Deep Time front cover
The front cover of “Explorers of Deep Time” by eminent American palaeontologist Roy Plotnick. Win a copy of this fabulous book that provides a behind the scenes look at the life and work of a palaeontologist. Picture credit: Columbia University Press.

“Explorers of Deep Time” Competition

In this beautifully crafted book, author Roy Plotnick provides a rare and very personal look at the trials and tribulations of working in the Earth sciences. If you have ever wondered about what it is like to be a palaeontologist, then this book is for you. Roy does not write about fossils, this book is dedicated to the scientists that study them.

All you have to do to enter the competition to win a free copy is visit Everything Dinosaur on Facebook “Like” our page, then leave a comment on the competition post naming the dinosaur whose skull fossil features on the front cover.

Win a copy of "Explorers of Deep Time"
Win a copy of “Explorers of Deep Time” in Everything Dinosaur’s free to enter Facebook competition.

Please note the competition is now closed!

To Enter the Competition

To enter Everything Dinosaur’s competition to win a free copy of “Explorers of Deep Time”, all you have to do is:

Visit Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page: Our Facebook Page.

“Like” Everything Dinosaur on Facebook.

“Like” our competition post and enter the competition.

Name the dinosaur whose skull is shown on the front cover of the book (hint – it is the skull of a famous horned dinosaur).

Not on Facebook? Not a Problem You can Still Enter the Competition

Or, if you are not on Facebook, just leave a comment on this blog post to enter. Tell us the name of the horned dinosaur whose skull is shown on the bottom of the front cover of “Explorers of Deep Time” in the comments section of this blog post and we will automatically enter you into our free prize draw to win a copy of the book.

Terms and Conditions of the “Explorers of Deep Time” Book Competition

  • Automated entries are not permitted and will be excluded from the draw.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • The Everything Dinosaur “Explorers of Deep Time” runs until midnight (BST) Thursday 31st March 2022.
  • Winner will be notified by private message on Facebook or the Everything Dinosaur Blog.
  • Prize includes postage and packing.

For full terms and conditions contact: Contact Everything Dinosaur.

Good luck naming the horned dinosaur, the skull of which can be found on the front cover of the book.

9 03, 2022

Explorers of Deep Time Video Script

By | March 9th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have been busy making preparations for a free to enter Facebook competition to win a copy of the brilliant “Explorers of Deep Time” by the eminent American palaeontologist Roy Plotnick.

The competition will be up on the company’s Facebook site in the very near future (March 2022).

Please note the competition is now closed!

To visit Everything Dinosaur on Facebook: Visit Everything Dinosaur on Facebook.

Explorers of Deep Time front cover
The front cover of “Explorers of Deep Time” by eminent American palaeontologist Roy Plotnick. The book provides a behind the scenes look at what it is actually like to work as a palaeontologist. Picture credit: Columbia University Press.

A YouTube Video Linking the Facebook Competition

The plan is to produce a video outlining the details of the book competition on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel. The video can provide a short review of “Explorers of Deep Time” and give details on how to enter the contest to win a copy of the book.

Everything Dinosaur promotes "Explorers of Deep Time"
A still from Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube video reviewing “Explorers of Deep Time” and explaining the free to enter competition.

A script has been written for that part of the video that reviews “Explorers of Deep Time” by Roy Plotnick.

Here are the details:

Dedicated to Arnold and Mildred who we suspect were the author’s parents, the book is divided into four, carefully crafted general sections, each one exploring an element of what it is like to work in the Earth sciences.

For example, there is a chapter on working in the field, liberally sprinkled with contributions from an eclectic range of scientists and researchers at all stages of their careers who describe their own field work experiences. Roy’s enthusiasm for field work is skilfully reflected in his writing, after all, the chapter is entitled “Attending Marvels”.

Although there are black and white photos of fossils, this book is not about the fossils themselves but about the lives and careers of the people who collect them.

Chapter six entitled “Cool Toys” looks at the vast number of new research techniques and methodologies now used in palaeontology. Don’t expect numerous pictures, tables and diagrams, but interwoven into the narrative are lots of anecdotes from real scientists who discuss their experiences, their trials and triumphs as they pursue their careers.

Roy Plotnick concludes “Explorers of Deep Time” with a chapter headed “Last Thoughts”. In it he provides a S.W.O.T. analysis that looks at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with pursuing a career path in palaeontology. An excellent ready reckoner for anyone considering working in the Earth sciences.

Roy Plotnick and "Old White Male" challenging stereotypes.
The author provides a S.W.O.T. analysis which examines the advantages and disadvantages of a career in the Earth sciences. Picture credit: Roy Plotnick (University of Illinois).

Roy, who describes himself as an “Old, White Male” champions diversity and he ardently supports greater inclusiveness in science disciplines.

The book has been very well received amongst fellow academics, as demonstrated by the glowing reviews, some of which are featured on the back cover. Including one from the very talented Victoria Arbour, a world-renowned authority on armoured dinosaurs.

Explorers of Deep Time gets a big thumbs up from Everything Dinosaur.

Please note the competition is now closed!

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

6 03, 2022

“Explorers of Deep Time” Book Review

By | March 6th, 2022|Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles|0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a palaeontologist? Have you ever thought about pursuing a career in the Earth Sciences? Not sure where to begin? A new book written by an eminent American palaeontologist entitled “Explorers of Deep Time” is a great place to start.

Author Roy Plotnick (University of Illinois, Chicago), provides a behind the scenes guide to being a palaeontologist, the trials, triumphs and tribulations and as a self-confessed OWM (old, white male), he champions inclusiveness and diversity amongst the scientific community.

Explorers of Deep Time front cover
The front cover of “Explorers of Deep Time” by eminent American palaeontologist Roy Plotnick. Picture credit: Columbia University Press.

Candid and Comprehensive

Roy has spent decades working as a palaeontologist. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and a Fellow of the Paleontological Society of America too. As such, he is exceedingly well-qualified to comment on how the study of ancient life has been revolutionised with the development of new research techniques.

The book is divided into four main chapters looking at various aspects of exploring deep, geological time. Starting with an overview in which the author addresses common misconceptions about palaeontologists, for instance, he is not Ross from “Friends” or Indiana Jones. Roy Plotnick guides the reader through the various and diverse routes to a job in the Earth sciences and explains what it is actually like to study palaeontology. If you have ever wondered about toilet facilities at dig sites, or how the increasing number of female scientists’ juggle starting a family with work commitments – then this book provides a practical and uncomplicated explanation.

Although the book has been written with an emphasis on the American education system and American academia, it outlines how palaeontology has developed and changed over the last forty years or so, explores new study techniques and places the science clearly in the context of helping to better understand how our world is changing today.

The author of "Explorers of Deep Time" Roy Plotnick
The author of “Explorers of Deep Time” Roy Plotnick (member of the Geological Society of America and the Paleontological Society of America). Picture credit: Columbia University Press.

An “Old White Male” Encourages Diversity

One of the key themes of “Explorers of Deep Time”, is the author’s wish that more women and ethnic minorities are represented in Earth science disciplines. Roy Plotnick examines some of the barriers that existed in his early career leading to a preponderance of “old, white males” within palaeontology. Many of these obstacles restricting participation have been removed, but the author skilfully argues for greater participation and draws on the experience of other scientists to help support his views.

He introduces readers to the diverse group of people of all genders, races, and international backgrounds who make up the twenty-first-century palaeontology community. The book provides a sounding board for their views and a platform for their perspectives, helping readers to obtain a better understanding of career paths and opportunities.

There is even a chapter dedicated to outlining the importance of published research and the struggles scientists can face getting their work into print, or more often than not these days, on-line.

This behind the scenes guide to palaeontology, is not crammed with stunning photographs and illustrations, but it does outline the varied challenges facing this discipline and provides a rare insight on the profession to aspiring scientists of all ages.

Candid and at times frank, this is an excellent guide to the pros and cons of choosing palaeontology as a career.

Roy Plotnick and "Old White Male" challenging stereotypes.
The author describing himself as an OWM (old, white male) writes about the need to encourage greater diversity in the Earth Sciences with increased access and appropriate support for women, minorities, the disabled and other groups that may feel excluded. Picture credit: Roy Plotnick (University of Illinois).

Palaeontology SWOT Analysis

Not sure if a job in the Earth sciences is for you? Roy Plotnick concludes by providing a SWOT analysis. He outlines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with working in the palaeontology profession. This analysis acts as a fitting summary to “Explorers of Deep Time”.

Published by Columbia University Press the hardcover book is priced at the time of writing at £28.00 GBP/$35.00 USD with the downloadable E-book priced at £28.00 GBP/$34.99 USD.

To purchase the book visit: Columbia University Press and search on the author surname “Plotnick” to find the web page for “Explorers of Deep Time”.

Highly recommended.

27 02, 2022

A Time Traveller’s Guide to Fossil Hunting on the West Dorset Coast

By | February 27th, 2022|Adobe CS5, Book Reviews, Dinosaur Fans, Geology, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

When visiting Lyme Regis and other parts of the Jurassic Coast we are often aghast at the huge numbers of fossil hunters to be seen on the beach. We tend to avoid the late summer months as this beautiful part of the Dorset coast will have been virtually picked clean of all the fossil material. The tide might continue to wash out the remains of creatures from an Early Jurassic sea, but the enthusiastic holidaymakers and tourists soon make short work of whatever has been deposited on the beach.

Sitting on some large rock, comfortably away from the dangerous cliffs, with a flask of tea and a local pastie to sustain us, we are often approached by beachcombers curious to ask our advice or to receive assistance in identifying their finds. Diligently and politely, we offer what assistance we can, but amongst the hubbub we often think what it would have been like to have explored the foreshore in earlier times, before this stunning coastline became a haven for tourists.

Thanks to a new, delightful book by Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers, we have the opportunity to do so.

Front cover of "Jurassic Fossils of the West Dorset Coast"
A time traveller’s guide to fossil hunting on the west Dorset coast. A fantastic collector’s guide in the form of an Edwardian diary with wonderful illustrations and photographs. Written by renowned fossil hunters and preparators Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers and available from Siri Scientific Press.

“Jurassic Fossils of the West Dorset Coast – A Time Traveller’s Journal”

The fourth collaboration between devoted fossil hunters Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers takes the form of an Edwardian diary. Imagine finding on the beach at Charmouth an old journal that catalogues the visit of two Edwardian gentlemen to the west Dorset coast at the beginning of the 20th Century. Starting at Seatown and Golden Cap, the two explorers record the geology, the fossil discoveries and the Dorset landscape over a period of eight days, culminating with a trip to Pinhay Bay where the strata records the boundary between the Triassic and the Jurassic.

"Jurassic Fossils of the West Dorset Coast" contents
Photographs of fossil finds plus lots of helpful notes – a time traveller’s guide to the west Dorset coast.

Illustrations by Andreas Kurpisz

Produced by Siri Scientific Press and with illustrations by Berlin-based artist Andreas Kurpisz, this is a novel and quirky guide to fossil hunting on the west Dorset coast. There is a copious amount of helpful information provided on each location, with notes and lots of photographs of fossils associated with the site. Talented artist Andreas Kurpisz provides colourful illustrations depicting prehistoric scenes – there are even one or two dinosaurs featured.

At around 160 pages long, this is a most informative guide, we particularly enjoyed examining the biostratigraphical maps provided and the accompanying images of strata – all helpfully labelled. Priced as we write at £19.99 plus postage and available from the Siri Scientific Press website this is a welcome and imaginative addition to the plethora of fossil hunting guidebooks that address the amazing geology of the Dorset coast.

"Jurassic Fossils of the West Dorset Coast"
Written in the form of an Edwardian gentleman’s journal, the book is packed with helpful information, fossil hunting tips and wonderful photographs of fossil discoveries.

Bringing the Past to Life

“Jurassic Fossils of the West Dorset Coast – A Time Traveller’s Journal” helps to bring the past to life and provides an echo of a time when the beaches around Lyme Regis were less busy and undoubtedly more productive. However, armed with this guide your chances of finding an incredibly special fossil are greatly enhanced.

The book concludes with our courageous Edwardian explorers coming across evidence of another visitor to the “Jurassic Coast”, this time from the 21st century. The gentlemen have been left notes on how to prepare ammonites for display from a kind-hearted collector from our own time. This device permits the authors to segue into a section of the book that provides helpful tips and advice on modern tools such as air scribes that will assist collectors with fossil preparation.

Visit Siri Scientific Press and use the search word “Jurassic” to find the books about Dorset written by Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers including the excellent “Jurassic Fossils of the West Dorset Coast – A Time Traveller’s Journal”: Siri Scientific Website.

23 01, 2022

Prehistoric Times Issue 140 Reviewed

By | January 23rd, 2022|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

The winter edition (issue 140) of “Prehistoric Times” is a bumper issue with over 60 pages crammed full of articles, features and illustrations. Talented artist Mark Hallett provides the front cover for the magazine, an illustration entitled “Predator’s Moon”. It features a bear-dog (Amphicyon lydekkeri) crunching on some bones. Mark provides a guide to the bear-dogs inside and provides more artwork on these enigmatic mammals.

Collectors of “Prehistoric Times” will recall that Mark also provided the artwork for the front cover of issue 138 (Neanderthal woman).

Issue 140 of Prehistoric Times
Prehistoric Times issue 140 (winter 2022) the front cover illustration by Mark Hallett.

Neovenator and Megalictis

Phil Hore provides articles for the featured prehistoric animals in this issue. There is a piece on the Lower Cretaceous theropod from England – Neovenator (N. salerii), its inclusion ties in well with the palaeo news section, as lots of British research and English dinosaur discoveries are reported. There is also a special feature on the ferocious North American mustelid Megalictis with lots of reader artwork incorporated into it.

Jon Lavas continues his long-running history of the work of renowned Czech artist Zdeněk Burian. In issue 140, the focus is on Burian’s illustrations of ceratopsians and there are some truly iconic illustrations provided.

Styracosaurus illustration (Burian 1941).
The classical depiction of Styracosaurus albertensis by Burian (1941). The illustration depicts two horned dinosaurs emerging into a clearing. This image has inspired many other artists and box art packaging designers. Picture credit J. R. Lavas.

Tracy Lee Ford contributes part 2 of his in-depth analysis of dinosaur integumentary coverings (feathers). It includes a glossary of scientific terms and some beautifully detailed illustrations. On the subject of beautiful illustrations, palaeoartist Emily Willoughby is interviewed and the article includes an array of stunning images depicting feathered dinosaurs.

Randy Knol profiles some of the latest prehistoric animal model releases and magazine editor Mike Fredericks has been kept busy with new models and reviews of the latest books. Take a look at the “Mesozoic Media” section of the magazine, it includes a review of “Dinopedia: A Brief Compendium of Dinosaur Lore” by Tetrapod Zoology author Darren Naish from the University of Southampton.

The review concludes by stating that this book is “highly recommended as a handy reference guide for all your dinosaur questions.”

Dinopedia front cover illustration
The front cover of Dinopedia features a horned dinosaur. The book is reviewed in issue 140 of “Prehistoric Times”.

Prehistoric Coins, 3-D Printed Dinosaurs and “The Beast of Busco”

The magazine contains an article discussing the history of prehistoric animals depicted on coins written by Brian Novak. Model maker Sean Kotz provides a step-by-step guide to creating a unique Neovenator model from a 3-D print and Matt Howard provides an entertaining account of the giant turtle nicknamed “The Beast of Busco”.

There is some wonderful reader submitted artwork, special mentions to Samuel Pickens and John Sibbick for their Neovenator illustrations, for M. Elliot Massion for the Megalictis grabbing a goose as well as the Neovenator lurking behind a teapot. The Woolly Rhino painting by Jacek Major and the Edmontosaurus annectens by Sergey Krasovskiy are also impressive.

Pastorama Dimetrodon image
There is a lot to get your teeth into when examining the latest edition of “Prehistoric Times” issue 140. This black and white photograph is from an article that looks at the World’s Fair. Picture credit: Don Glut.

There is a lot to praise in the latest issue of “Prehistoric Times”.

To learn more about this magazine and to subscribe: “Prehistoric Times”.

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