Podcast Show Notes: Episode 33 – Inside Dinosaurs and Return to Crystal Palace

Podcast Show Notes

Happy Easter! Lots of cool stuff on episode 33 of the Chasmosaurs podcast. Natee can finally show some exciting stuff they’ve been working on, for a museum in Switzerland no less! Meanwhile, Marc scares all the kids away imitating a posh dinosaur from the Isle of Wight. For our Vintage Dinosaur Art, the crew takes a peek Inside Dinosaurs with a very unusual book about dinosaur anatomy, and Gemma realizes a long held wish as Ellinor Michel and Bob Nicholls come onto the show to talk about an extrordinary project involving a recreation of one of the long lost creatures of Crystal Palace.

What is Bob Nicholls’ own favourite creation? What has been achieved eleven years since the Friends of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs foundation began? Has anyone heard of Bing? Can you feel your own caudofemoralis longus? Is Stegosaurus ever going to escape the dreaded walnut? Can we do a whole episode without triggering Natee’s tryophobia? Seriously, has anyone heard of Bing? And do you have little green dinosaurs running around inside of you, operating your body? Find out in episode 33!

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Vintage Dinosaur Art

Inside Dinosaurs is a 1993 book published by Dorling Kindersley, written by Steve Parker and illustrated by Ted Dewan, who gets top billing. Content warning: this book has animals with holes in them.

  • The initial 2011 review by Marc (who has disowned it) is here.
  • The 2016 review by Victoria Arbour is here.


Last summer saw the unveiling of a historically accurate recreation of Palaeotherium magnum, one of several of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins’ lost prehistoric creatures of Crystal Palace Park. The original disappeared somewhere in the second half of the 21st century. The renowned palaeoartist Bob Nicholls has made a recreation, which has been placed among the other Palaeotherium on Tertiary Island at the Crystal Palace Park. Ellinor Michel, head of the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, as well as Bob himself, are here to talk about it.

Ellinor and Bob, face to face with the past.


Above is the video showing the process of creating and unveiling the sculpture.

The original P. magnum in 1958


The last known photograph of the original P. magnum, taken in 1963. It disappeared not long after this picture was taken.


The newly unveiled P. magnum as sculpted by Bob Nicholls with help from Mark Witton. Photo by Jamie Medhurst


Photos from the unveiling. The top right photo shows Ellinor (bottom left) and Bob (right).



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    Grant Harding
    April 2, 2024 at 11:21 pm

    I grew up reading INSIDE DINOSAURS, but this connection just occurred to me while listening to this episode: I wonder if the lattice-like skin cutaways were inspired by M.C. Escher’s artwork “Rind.”

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