Reviews of Magazines and other dinosaur and prehistoric animal publications.
Issue 127 of “Prehistoric Times” Heading to Everything Dinosaur
Team members have been reliably informed that the next edition of the amazing “Prehistoric Times” magazine is in the post and heading towards our offices. The next issue (autumn 2018, or as our American friends would say fall 2018), will be with us in a few days.
The Front Cover of Prehistoric Times Magazine Issue 127
Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks (Prehistoric Times)
Rajasaurus Features on the Front Cover
The powerful, Late Cretaceous predator of the Indian sub-continent Rajasaurus features on the front cover. Rajasaurus (R. narmadensis) was formally named and described in 2003. It is a member of the enigmatic and bizarre abelisaurids and we look forward to reading more about this large carnivore in the forthcoming edition of “Prehistoric Times”. Specifically, we hope to learn more about any thoughts on niche partitioning between Rajasaurus and the contemporary Indosuchus, another large abelisaurid that co-existed with “princely lizard”.
A Scale Drawing of Rajasaurus narmadensis
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
Getting Our Teeth into Megalodon
One of the must see films of last summer was “Meg” starring Jason Statham and a population of giant prehistoric sharks. The author of the novel on which the film was based, Steve Alten, is interviewed and we can look forward to hearing more about the marine reptiles that inspired the artwork of the famous Czech illustrator and palaeoartist Zdeněk Burian. In issue 127, New Zealander John Lavas, provides part 10 of his long running series, this time the focus is on Burian’s depiction of plesiosaurs and pliosaurs (Plesiosauria).
“Prehistoric Times” is published four times a year and it has built up a strong reputation for its superb articles, illustrations and reader submitted artwork. It is highly regarded by many dinosaur fans and model collectors from all over the world.
To learn more about the magazine and to subscribe: Prehistoric Times Magazine
The autumn edition of “Prehistoric Times” will also feature the “shovel-tusked” member of the Proboscidea – Platybelodon. We look forward to Phil Hore’s article on this distant relative to extant elephants. For much of the 20th Century, most palaeontologists thought that Platybelodon lived in swamps, but analysis of tooth wear patterns suggested that this sizeable beast fed on tough, coarse vegetation. It is now thought that Platybelodon was an animal of relatively open, grassland and scrubland environments. We shall have to wait for the arrival of the magazine to find out the latest information and scientific evidence.