Prehistoric Times Issue 128 Reviewed
The latest edition of “Prehistoric Times”, the quarterly magazine for fans of dinosaurs and prehistoric animal figures has arrived at Everything Dinosaur. Issue 128 is jam-packed with features, articles and stories, there’s even a summary of recent dinosaur fossil discoveries and research. This provides an opportunity to catch up with Saltriovenator, Tratayenia and Crittendenceratops – all new species of dinosaur. In the winter 2018 edition, the focus is on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the trilogy of prehistoric animal themed novels by the acclaimed American author Edgar Rice Burroughs (The Caspak Trilogy).
The Front Cover of Prehistoric Times Pays Tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs
Picture credit: Mike Fredericks
“Prehistoric Times” and the Caspak Trilogy
The three titles “The Land that Time Forgot”, “The People that Time Forgot” and “Out of Time’s Abyss”, collectively referred to as the Caspak Trilogy, after the prehistoric island where much of the action was set, are celebrated in the magazine. Lots of readers have provided illustrations and artwork to celebrate the centenary. The front cover artwork was created by Joshua Ballze and Phil Hore’s excellent article includes numerous illustrations, of which, for us, the contributions of Mike Landry really stand out.
Renowned Canadian palaeontologist, Phil Currie provides a perspective on the prehistoric animals within the novels and Allen Debus continues the science-fiction author theme with an article that compares and contrasts the work of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells.
Beautiful Trilobite Fossils
It might be cold and dark outside, but readers are transported to the high Atlas mountains of Morocco in a well-penned feature by Sergio Luis Fica Biston that showcases the stunning trilobite fossils that can be found in the ancient rocks that surround the small town of Elnif. Finding the fossil is the start of a painstaking and long process of fossil preparation. Some individual specimens can take upwards of thirty hours to prepare before they are ready to be put on display.
A Stunning Moroccan Trilobite Fossil
Picture credit: Sergio Luiz Fica Biston
“T” is for Triceratops
Tracy Lee Ford discusses the anatomy of Triceratops and provides a guide to scientific illustration. Torosaurus is covered too, along with a helpful illustration of the fused cervical vertebrae, a characteristic shared by all ceratopsians and an explanation of the differences between the hand (manus) and feet (pes) of these horned dinosaurs.
The article concludes with an updated life restoration of “three horned face”. Cress Kearny introduces part two of the article demonstrating the beauty and wonder of agatised dinosaur bones and stamp collecting fans have the chance to brush-up on their prehistoric animal themed stamp knowledge with a well-crafted feature on dinosaur stamps of the 1970s.
“Prehistoric Times” and the Golden Age of Palaeo-art with Burian
Issue 128 also includes part eleven of the comprehensive overview of the work of the Czech illustrator Zdeněk Burian by John Lavas. In the previous issue of “Prehistoric Times” how the Plesiosauria were portrayed was covered, this edition focuses on the Mosasauridae.
A Vibrant Dynamic Depiction of the Western Interior Seaway
Picture credit: Zdeněk Burian
Purchasers of the magazine will also have the chance to see pictures of new prehistoric animal model releases as well as to read an article all about Sabre-toothed cats including the Nimravidae by John Tuttle and there are lots and lots of reader submitted artworks to admire.
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