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A skeletal mount of Ceratosaurus chasing Dryosaurus.

Introducing Sophie!

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There’s a new face on the blog! Sophie has been getting some attention on Twitter with, among other things, her threads on vintage dinosaur books. Of course, it was a matter of time before she found her way here. Please welcome Sophie and come say hi in the comments! – Niels Hi there, everyone! I’m Sophie, you might know me from my Twitter where I’ve made a name for myself with my enormous threads on old dinosaur art, regular commentary…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Prehistoric World

Vintage Dinosaur Art

While I’ve found a great deal of blog fodder on eBay, it’s always immeasurably more pleasurable to spot a book in person, out there in the wild. As it happens, my friend Huseyin actually found this one, amid the glorious chaos of the aptly-named Raining Books shop here in Brighton. Originally published in 1982 in Italian, with this English translation arriving in 1987, The Prehistoric World was written by Giorgio P Panini and illustrated by a variety of artists, most…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs (1988) – Part 1

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Here’s a book that feels like it could’ve come straight out of my childhood, although in reality the first time I ever saw it was just a few weeks ago. Published in 1988 by Western Publishing under the Golden Book banner, it is (at least, in name) a direct successor to a Zallinger-illustrated classic. In much the same way as Zallinger’s work is nostalgic for so many people of an older generation, the illustrations here – by Christopher Santoro –…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Life Before Man (The Emergence of Man)

Vintage Dinosaur Art

As you can well imagine, I’ve read a fair few dinosaur books from the latter half of the twentieth century, and while they are almost always dated in just about every respect, there are very few that stun me with their sheer strangeness. One can well understand outdated views on dinosaur evolutionary history, anatomy and biology, but it’s quite something else to encounter a book that’s such a culture shock that it might as well have emerged from a completely…

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Tree Spinosaur

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I ne’er loved Spinosaurus ere now, forsooth. A playful (of course) drawing inspired by Brennan Stokkermans‘ photograph of an Agami heron and the proposed heron-like hunting and feeding habits of Spinosaurus — which do not for the present include any actual arboreal capabilities, as far as I’m aware. Though Niels is very much looking forward to marking it on his 2021 Spinosaurus bingo card. I should have posted this here sooner in the wake of the Spinosaurus Special episode of…

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Podcast Show Notes: Episode 3

Podcast Show Notes

Welcome to the Spinosaurus Special! As the world reels from the shocking revelations on a certain über-poplar long-snouted theropod, put forth in the laterst paper bt Dr. Thomas Holtz and Dr. Dave Hone, we decided that our third episode should come out early and be all about Spinosaurus! Natee, Marc, Nick and Niels discuss their favourite Spinosaurus reconstructions throughout history, and Marc interviews Dr. Dave Hone on the paper, which appeared on January 7 2021 in Palaeo Electronica. Here’s a…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs At Your Fingertips

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Happy New Year! Last month, I promised you I’d take an in-depth look at the dinosaur designs from The Land Before Time, and I’m still going to, but life, uh, got in the way (not least because there was a podcast to edit). Today, to cleanse the palate, I’m going to give you something small and quick and dirty and a little bit ridiculous. This is a book I found in my attic. It’s dusty, slightly battered from years of…

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Podcast Show Notes: Episode 1

Podcast Show Notes

Introducing Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: The Podcast! In the first episode, Natee Himmapaan, Marc Vincent and Niels Hazeborg discuss the dinosaur news, admire a well known book full of Vintage Dinosaur Art, and interview palaeoartist Joschua Knüppe on his new book. On this blog post, you can find links to the relevant news articles, all the images we discuss, and links to the work of our interviewed artist.  In the News TetZooMCon happened on 12 december 2020.…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: A Night in the Dinosaur Graveyard

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Halloween may have been a month ago, but it’s never too late for SPOOKINESS! The idea of ghostly apparitions haunting the living in the form of prehistoric animals from the Mesozoic era has seldom been explored in children’s fiction, but the child-friendliness of it seems obvious in hindsight. Kids love dinosaurs. Kids love spooky ghost stories. Kids also love rainbow holograms. And so Templar Publishing saw fit to combine all three in A Night in the Dinosaur Graveyard, a “fast-paced,…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Great Dinosaurs – Part 1

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I can’t believe my luck: in the ten years LITC has been running, nobody has ever talked about what might be my favourite dinosaur book of all time! Get ready, everybody, this is gonna be a treat. The Great Dinosaurs was originally published in 1994 and translated for my neck of the woods in 1998, under the simple name Dinosauriërs. I got this gem of a book around the tail end of my childhood dinosaur obsession in the late nineties,…

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