For episode 26, we’re crossing a big one from our list: The work of the legendary Zdeněk Burian, as it appears in 1972’s Life Before Man. Surely, this book is worth an entire episode, so we’re foregoing the interview this month. Niels, Natee and Marc discuss not only the art of the Czech master, but also his life, his beliefs and his enormous legacy. How did Burian get around reconstructing dinosaurs when he had no access to any fossils? Is romance dead in today’s palaeoart? What can we learn from Burain’s portfolio in the modern day? Will Marc be able to type “Petrodactyle” without AutoCorrect ruining his day? And will Niels be able to pronounce it properly? Find out in this special episode.
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Vintage Dinosaur Art
Written by Zdeněk Špinar, Life Before Man initially came out in 1972, though it’s had many revisions since then. The initial version had 162 pieces of art, later versions as many as 180. They span over three decades of Burian’s life.
- David Orr’s initial entry on Burian is here.
- Marc Vincent’s in-depth, four-part review of Life Before Man is here: Part one, part two, part three, part four.
Tyrannosaurus and Trachodon
Gorgosaurus and Scolosaurus
Compsognathus and Archaeopteryx
Columbian mammoth and Smilodon