The Evolution of Dinosaurs in Art


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About the Book

Other than seeing them in popular movies such as Jurassic Park, how do people today know what dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals looked like? Only their fossils remain, but thanks to paleoartists most people have a good idea of what these creatures looked like.
The world of paleoart and its artists are the subject of this richly illustrated work. It explores themes in the depiction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, paleoart’s history and speculative nature and its effect on scientists’ impressions of prehistoric animals. Also explored are such topics as the careers of several paleoartists, including Georges Cuvier, Gideon Mantell, John Martin, Neave Parker, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Charles R. Knight, the depiction of scientific ideas about dinosaurs and prehistoric animals on canvas and in sculpture, the purpose and process of restoring them in museums, the significance of certain restorations and images, and the development of paleoart in America.

About the Author(s)

Allen A. Debus, a retired environmental chemist, has long been infatuated with dinosaurs, paleontology, science fiction, Godzilla and King Kong. He has written several books addressing prehistoric creatures—both real and fictional—in popular culture, and attends Chicagoland’s Wizard World and G-Fest. He lives in Hanover Park, Illinois.

Writer Diane E. Debus coauthors articles with her husband Allen A. Debus. She lives in Hanover Park, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Allen A. Debus and Diane E. Debus
Foreword by Donald F. Glut
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 293
Bibliographic Info: 126 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [2002]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6420-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword     1

Preface     3

1 Dinosaurs and Evolution—Conflated Imagery     7

2 Kronosaurus—An Imaginary Sea Monster That Got Away     13

3 Grandmasters of the Paleoartists’ Hall of Fame     20

4 John Martin and the Element of Paleoart Fantasy     28

5 Henry Ward’s Last Great Siberian Mammoth     32

6 Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins—A Modern Pygmalion     42

7 A Mythic Place in Time-Spirit in the Knight     48

8 Paleoart—Search Image and Theory     52

9 Verne’s Paleontological Journey     60

10 Time for Dinosaurs     67

11 Plated Puzzle     73

12 America’s Paleoart Reformation     83

13 A Tertiary Primer     97

14 Othenio Abel—Artistic Founder of Paleobiology     102

15 Zdenek Burian’s Global Visions of Prehistory     105

16 The Ages of Zallinger     108

17 Neave Parker’s Prehistoric World     111

18 Acanthopholis—a “Twilight Zone” Dinosaur     115

19 Bully for Laelaps     120

20 Tickled by Feathers     126

21 Inside-Out Mastodon     135

22 Louis Paul Jonas’ Prehistoric Sculpturdermy     142

23 Speculative Paleontology—Lessons in Reverse Paleontology     147

24 Portraying Paleocatastrophe     152

25 Tyrant Queen—Icon-o-saurus Rex     157

26 The Great Dinosaur Race-Wisconsin’s Dinosaurs     164

27 Illuminating Fossils from the Dark Continent     172

28 Hypsilophodon—a “Super” Dinosaur     180

29 High Stakes Dinosaur—Las Vegas’ Robotosaurs     185

30 Ernie’s Paleozoo     190

31 Building Life-Sized Dinosaurs     193

32 Those Incredible Shrinking Dinosaurs     208

33 Joined at the Hip?     212

34 The Big Sho`     217

35 THUNDER in Their Footsteps     226

36 Renaissance Dinosaurs     234

Notes     243

Bibliography     275

Index     283

Book Reviews & Awards

“entertaining…invaluable…unprecedented…simultaneously educates and delights, goals felicitously achieved here…a wealth of illustrations”—Booklist; “nicely illustrated…a beautiful hardcover book packed with historic illustration”—Prehistoric Times; “a veritable tour de force of dinosaur imagery…in depth…refreshing…excellent…exhilarating”—Dino Land; “valuable”—The Canadian Field-Naturalist; “if you are interested in the history of dinosaurs in popular culture, Debus is an author you simply cannot ignore…Debus does a huge service to those who work in the history of science”—H-Net Reviews.