Prehistoric Monsters: The Real and Imagined Creatures of the Past That We Love to Fear
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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Prehistoric Monster Reflections
One Inventing the Prehistoric Monster
Exhumation of Incognitum Americas First Carnivorous Monster
Four Behemoth and LeviathanThe Beauty of His Beasts
Five Apish Antediluvia or Darwins Great Caveman PsychOut
Six Triumph of the Leapin Lizards
Seven Cretaceous Sanctuary
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