Scenes from Deep Time: Early Pictorial Representations of the Prehistoric World

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 1995 - History - 280 pages
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How did the earth look in prehistoric times? Scientists and artists collaborated during the half-century prior to the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species to produce the first images of dinosaurs and the world they inhabited. Their interpretations, informed by recent fossil discoveries, were the first efforts to represent the prehistoric world based on sources other than the Bible. Martin J. S. Rudwick presents more than a hundred rare illustrations from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to explore the implications of reconstructing a past no one has ever seen.
 

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The idea of "deep time'' developed with the advance of geological knowledge in the Victorian age. Rudwick has studied paleontological illustrations from that period to trace changes in how scientists ... Read full review

Contents

Creation and the Flood
1
Keyholes into the Past
27
Monsters of the Ancient World
59
A First Sequence of Scenes
97
Domesticating the Monsters
135
The Genre Established
173
Making Sense of It All
219
Notes
255
Sources for Figures and Texts
263
Bibliography
269
Index
277
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Martin J. S. Rudwick is professor emeritus of history at the University of California, San Diego and affiliated scholar in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

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