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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Red Book of Animal Stories

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Sometimes you catch a scent and can’t drop it. My bloodhound mode was activated by a recent email from Carl Mehling of the American Museum of Natural History, asking if we knew what the earliest children’s book on dinosaurs. If I’m not mistaken, the earliest book we’ve written about which was purely intended for children is Hilary Stebbing’s Extinct Animals (read Niels’ 2020 post and listen to the podcast episode). Its 1946 publication date beats Roy Chapman Andrews’ juvenile-aimed dinosaur…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Flying Dragons

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Pterosaurs have suffered a great many indignities over the years; normally relegated to the backgrounds of illustrations hogged by fat old dinosaurs, on the rare occasions when they have been given the spotlight, they’ve tended to be depicted as ultra-fragile, emaciated freaks with tissue paper wings, barely able to fly under their own power (if at all), just filling a space before the birds turn up to displace them. Kids’ books dedicated to the First Airborne Vertebrates™ have historically been…

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