Prehistoric Monsters: The Real and Imagined Creatures of the Past That We Love to Fear

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McFarland, Nov 30, 2009 - Nature - 340 pages
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Over centuries, discoveries of fossil bones spawned legends of monsters such as giants and dragons. As the field of earth sciences matured during the 19th century, early fossilists gained understanding of prehistoric creatures such as Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and Stegosaurus. This historical study examines how these genuine beasts morphed in the public imagination into mythical, powerful engines of destruction and harbingers of cataclysm, taking their place in popular culture, film, and literature as symbols of "lost worlds" where time stands still.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Prehistoric Monster Reflections
5
One Inventing the Prehistoric Monster
11
Two GreatClaw
29
Exhumation of Incognitum Americas First Carnivorous Monster
55
Four Behemoth and LeviathanThe Beauty of His Beasts
75
Five Apish Antediluvia or Darwins Great Caveman PsychOut
87
Six Triumph of the Leapin Lizards
108
Eight Rex Battles
171
Nine Modern Prometheus
208
Ten And Their Lost Worlds
231
Appendix The Most Famous Prehistoric Monsters in Popular Culture
269
Chapter Notes
279
Bibliography
313
Index
325
Copyright

Seven Cretaceous Sanctuary
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Allen A. Debus is a dinosaur sculptor and author of multiple books. He writes regularly for Prehistoric Times, G-Fan, Mad Scientist and Scary Monsters, and was a contributing editor of Fossil News: Journal of Avocational Paleontology. He lives in Hanover Park, Illinois.

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