Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Let's Keep Reading the Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder!

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Continuing our journey through the Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder written by Dr. Michael Benton and published by Kingfisher books in 1992. The color illustrations are by Jim Channell and David Holmes, and line illustrations are by Kevin Maddison and Ralph Orme.

We're confronted by a pack of extremely 80's-looking Deinonychosaurs. These guys are not nearly as fascinating as the accompanying Deinonychosaur family tree graphic, which is a relic from the days when you could be suspected of being part of this family if you happened to have large claws. Behold!

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Yeah but... ... ... ...Okay, then.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

You're looking good there, Gastornis.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Moving away from dinosaurs for a moment, we have this Dimetrodon, who looks positively cuddly. Like an ugly-cute puppy.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Here's Gallimimus sporting a very odd-looking beak...

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

And Hadrosaurus sporting seemingly no beak at all. She's anatomically off anyway, but that head...

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Honestly, Ornithopods, like this parroty Hypsilophodon, make out pretty bad overall in this book. Brace yourselves for this next one:

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Those hands...

Here are a couple of full-text pages that kind of speak for themselves. Though the first one at least solves a mystery from an earlier post.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

Finally, I want these guys to star in a children's book entitled, The Grouchy Ichtyhyosaurs:

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder

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Sketch of the Day! Cute Monster Girl style Medusa for Sketch Dailies:

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1 comment:

Warren JB said...

To echo Marc's comment from the last post, a lot of these were in the british 'Dinosaurs!' partwork. They looked wonky even back in the early-mid '90's, and even to a preteen. There's something about the rendering on that albertosaur that isnt so bad, though.

Were there any *good* pics in the book?