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Marc Vincent

Vintage Dinosaur Art – Stories from Fantasia

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Over the years, we (OK, I) have been taken to task on several occasions for sticking the Vintage label on books that aren’t that old and, more to the point, often quite mediocre (or even bad). And as I say every time, it’s because the name of the series stuck. However, here we have one of the oldest things that I’ve covered in quite some time – Stories from Walt Disney’s Fantasia, published in 1940 by Random House. Yes, it’s…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Amazing World of Dinosaurs

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Now here’s something I haven’t covered in a while – a so-so 1980s kids’ book about dinosaurs! And one that rather fails to live up to its title! Amazing World of Dinosaurs, written by Judith Granger and illustrated by Pamela Baldwin Ford, was published back in 1982 (by Troll Associates) but, even for its time, it’s very retrograde. The dinosaurs featured within are very much of the pea-brained, swamp-dwelling variety, and there’s a peculiar emphasis on their low cranial capacity…

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Prehistoric Planet – Azhdarchids Stride Again

TV review

And so Prehistoric Planet comes to an end, although thankfully not with the extinction of the (non-avian) dinosaurs as some had feared. Instead, we’re treated to glimpses of Late Cretaceous life in woodland environments, and although the show remains dominated by dinosaurs, plants do get their due this time. Starting with a herd of Austroposeidon clearing trees in the South American forest (and a look at how plants aggressively colonise the space created), the episode then shifts north, following a…

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Prehistoric Planet: Long Hot Polar Summer

TV review

Prehistoric Planet’s third installment takes us to the Late Cretaceous poles, an environment that seems to have featured surprisingly often in palaeo-media. It opens in North America with some Arctic dromaeosaurs, drawn to migratory edmontosaurs fording a river. There are much stronger shades of the old ‘pack hunting dromaeosaurs’ trope here, with the animals seeming to co-ordinate their efforts, although they are clearly after juveniles and, in the end, scavenge the remains of an individual killed by the currents of…

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Prehistoric Planet: Take Me To The River

TV review

The third episode of Prehistoric Planet provides reassurance that at least some of our favourite stars will return. Velociraptor is the first animal to make a re-appearance, this time depicted hunting roosting pterosaurs on a cliff face around a waterfall. Not content with just sticking fantastic-looking feathers on their maniraptors and calling it a day, the Prehistoric Planet team want to show us exactly how the creatures make use of their plumage. In this case, Velociraptor utilises its ‘wings’ and…

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Prehistoric Planet: I Bless The Rains Down In Mongolia

TV review

Our second trip to the Prehistoric Planet takes us to a series of desert landscapes, including the Gobi, North Africa and South America (twice). And in contrast with the first episode, it’s rather heavy on dinosaurs – as one might expect, given that a marine reptile flopping around in the sands wouldn’t look very dignified. Other creatures do significantly feature – pterosaurs, of course, and a little anonymous lizard chasing flies around the faces of sleeping Tarbosaurus. However, the dinosaurs…

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Prehistoric Planet: Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

TV review

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! As such, I’ve decided to hammer out a short post on the day that each episode is aired to the world on Apple TV+. Naturally, like every other palaeo-enthusiast on Earth, I’ve suddenly signed up for a free trial of Apple’s streaming service. And, like most others, I’ll be delving into the settings menu before the payment period begins. But I digress. It’s here! The One True Heir to Walking With Dinosaurs. However, it would be…

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Vintage Dinosaur VHS: Dinosaurs (the Official Natural History Museum video)

Film review

Some years back – well, in 2019, but 2019 feels like a very long time ago now – I reviewed the Eyewitness Dinosaur video, released on VHS in 1994. While I happened to own that one back in the day, Dave Hone (for it was he) recently drew my attention to another early ’90s dinosaur-related video that had, somehow, escaped my childhood gaze. (My parents probably didn’t let me hang around for long enough in the Natural History Museum gift…

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The Future of Dinosaurs – review

Book Review

Palaeontologist Dr David Hone (for it is he) has been extremely busy since the release of his previous book, The Tyrannosaur Chronicles, back in 2016 – not content with involving himself in copious amounts of research and numerous scientific papers, he also lectures at Queen Mary University of London by day and co-hosts the Terrible Lizards podcast with Iszi Lawrence by night. (Or something like that.) In between all this, Dr Dave somehow found time to write a follow-up book…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art – Graveyards of the Dinosaurs

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I always enjoy receiving books from overseas that date to my childhood, but were never released in the UK (or if they were, were really well hidden) – there’s a special fascination in seeing what contemporary, for example, American kids were reading while I was devouring The Ultimate Dinosaur Book and Dinosaurs! magazine (er, the UK version). Graveyards of the Dinosaurs was (very kindly) sent to me from the US by Herman Diaz – thanks once again, Herman. It features a…

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