Paleoimagery: The Evolution of Dinosaurs in Art

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"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.
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Dinosaur sculptor Allen and co-author Diane embark on their third book about creatures long gone by addressing evolving ideas about prehistoric animal imagery since the 19th century in such varied manifestations as science tool and cultural symbol. The concept of visual paleontology is their unifying theme. The illustrations are monochromatic. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786412228
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/11/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen A. Debus is a dinosaur sculptor and author of multiple books. He writes regularly for Prehistoric Times, G-Fan, Mad Scientist and Scary Monsters, and was a contributing editor of Fossil News: Journal of Avocational Paleontology. He lives in Hanover Park, Illinois. Diane E. Debus coauthors articles with her husband Allen A. Debus. She lives in Hanover Park, Illinois.

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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: Principal Sources for Paleoimagery 275
Index 283
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