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Dinosaurs as cultural icons: a resource collection
Dinosaur Central: Dinosaurs as cultural phenomena
Updated: October 27, 2011
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General and cross-media


The Complete Dinosaur: "Dinosaurs and the Media"The Complete Dinosaur: "Dinosaurs and the Media"
This book surveys the dinosaurs from the earliest discoveries through contemporary controversies over their extinction. In the first edition of this book is a section titled "Dinosaurs and the Media" by Don Glut and M. K. Brett-Surman. Preview this section in Google Books.
 
 
Art and Popular Culture EncyclopediaDinosaur: Cultural depictions
A short article at The Art and Popular Culture Wiki.
 
Dinosaurs and Popular CultureDinosaurs and Popular Culture
Since the earliest fossil discoveries, the public has been thrilled by the thought of dinosaurs, excited to think that such huge and sometimes ferocious creatures once walked the earth. A short article that mainly focuses on dinosaur film and particularly The Lost World.
 
Dinosaurs as a Cultural PhenomenonDinosaurs as a Cultural Phenomenon
A comprehensive tracing of this history by Keith Thomson in American Scientist.
 
Dinosaur Memories: Dino-trekking for Beasts of Thunder, Fantastic SauriansDinosaur Memories: Dino-trekking for Beasts of Thunder, Fantastic Saurians
A book by Allen Debus which considers the science and art of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals in a personalized, whimsical, pop-cultural vein. Preview in Google Books.
 
Dinosaurs, the Media and Andy WarholDinosaurs, the Media and Andy Warhol
The role the popular media does and does not play in society's perception of dinosaurs.
 
Dinosaurs: The TextbookDinosaurs: The Textbook: "Dinosaurs in the Public Eye"
Spencer George Lucas
that takes the student on a journey through nearly every aspect of dinosaur biology, geology, and the history of their discovery. Chapter 16 is titled "Dinosaurs in the Public Eye".
 
Dinosaur Tracking: Where paleontology meets pop cultureDinosaur Tracking: Where paleontology meets pop culture
Smithsonian magazine staff members and Rutgers University ecology and evolution student Brian Switek delve into all things Dinosauria.
 
Drawing out Leviathan: Dinosaurs and the Science WarsDrawing out Leviathan: Dinosaurs and the Science Wars
This book by critically examines the standing of science in our culture in the light of some major debates about dinosaurs. Of particular interest is the chapter titled ""Le Dinosaure Postmoderne". Preview this section in Google Books.
 
Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs: "Popular Culture and Science"Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs: "Societal importance of dinosaurs"
An introduction by Anthony J. Martin designed to teach students about scientific research and principles as they learn about dinosaurs.
 
Jurassic Classics: A Collection of Saurian Essays and Mesozoic MusingsJurassic Classics: A Collection of Saurian Essays and Mesozoic Musings: "Mesozoic Musings"
A collection of articles by Don Glut. Of particular interest here is the section containing media-related topics, "Mesozoic Musings". Preview this section in Google Books.
 
The Last Dinosaur Book: The Life and Times of a Cultural IconThe Last Dinosaur Book: The Life and Times of a Cultural Icon
A web feature for The Last Dinosaur Book by W.J.T. Mitchell including an excerpt from the book and links to additional site features and offsite resources. Preview in Google Books.
 

Internet Review of Science Fiction Loving The Saurian
An essay by Steven Utley at the Internet Review of Science Fiction.

 
The Metropolitan Museum of Mesozoic MemorabiliaThe Metropolitan Museum of Mesozoic Memorabilia
A collection of articles by leading dinosaurabilia collector Dean Hannotte on dinosaurs in art and literature.
 
Prehistoric Monsters: The Real and Imagined Creatures of the Past That We Love to FearPrehistoric Monsters: The Real and Imagined Creatures of the Past That We Love to Fear
A book by Allen A. Debus. 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.
 
Prehistoric TimesPrehistoric Times
A full color, 50+ page magazine for dinosaur enthusiasts and collectors of related merchandise. Includes reviews of the latest prehistoric animal model kits, toy figures, books and more, plus interviews with artists and scientists, artwork from the finest paleoartists in the world and the latest scientific discoveries in paleontology. Also news and information about prehistoric life.
 

Pterosaurs in Popular Culture Pterosaurs in Popular Culture
Chronicles the appearances of pterosaurs in popular fiction in all kinds of different media.

 
Silent Movie Monsters: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost WorldSilent Movie Monsters: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World
A website devoted to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's grand adventure novel The Lost World in all its forms.
 
Starring T. rex!: dinosaur mythology and popular cultureStarring T. rex!: dinosaur mythology and popular culture
An book by José Luis Sanz that analyzes the historical origins of the dinosaur myth in modern society and the manner in which information drawn from scientific study enters popular consciousness. Preview this book in Google Books.
 
Tropesaurus Index: DinosaursTropesaurus Index: Dinosaurs
A collection of essays about media depictions of dinosaurs. Detailed, wide-ranging and fun.
 

Visual arts

 
The Art of Paleocatastrophe: Portraying Survivorship at the Quantum CrossroadsThe Art of Paleocatastrophe: Portraying Survivorship at the Quantum Crossroads
An essay by Allen A. Debus on how artists have depicted mass extinction.
 
Big Things: Dinosaurs, Prehistoric and Mythological BeingsBig Things: Dinosaurs, Prehistoric and Mythological Beings
From a website dedicated to the fantastic and awe inspiring monuments built by communities to draw tourist dollars into their community.
 
Drawing DinosaursDrawing Dinosaurs
A reflection and brief history on restoring the life appearance of dinosaurs by paleontologist and artist Greg Paul.
 
 
A History of Paleontology IllustrationA History of Paleontology Illustration
Writing from the perspective of an art historian, Jane P. Davidson traces the history of paleontology illustration from the 15th century to the present. She combines discussions of these images as works of representative art with assessments of the artists. The book covers depictions of fossils, restorations of plants and animals, and ecological restorations in painting, drawing, sculpture, and in display restorations such as dioramas.
 
Lines and colors: PaleoartLines and colors: Paleoart
Coverage of "William Stout's murals for the San Diego Natural History Museum" as well as extensive profiles of other leading artists: Robert F. Walters, James Gurney, Dan McCarthy, David Krentz, Greg Broadmore, John Gurche and Charles R. Knight. Paleoart 2 covers Michael Skrepnick, William Stout, Carl Buell, Doug Henderson, Mark Hallett, John Sibbick and James Gurney.
 
Paleo Art: Highlights from the Department of PaleobiologyPaleo Art: Highlights from the Department of Paleobiology
Paleontological art has been used to help disseminate Smithsonian paleontological research findings since the Institution was founded in 1846 and continues today. This website highlights some of the Smithsonian Institution's most interesting historical paleo art, provides information about taking proper care of illustrations, and discusses techniques for creating paleontological and other scientific illustrations.
 
Paleoimagery: The Evolution of Dinosaurs in ArtPaleoimagery: The Evolution of Dinosaurs in Art
The world of paleoart and its artists are the subject of this of this work. It explores themes in the depiction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, paleoart's history and speculative nature and its effect on scientists' impressions of prehistoric animals. Also explored are such topics as the careers of numerous paleoartists, the depiction of scientific ideas about dinosaurs and prehistoric animals on canvas and in sculpture, the purpose and process of restoring them in museums, the significance of certain restorations and images, and the development of paleoart in America.
 
The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs: "A Quick History of Dinosaur Art"The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs: "A Quick History of Dinosaur Art"
A chapter "A Quick History of Dinosaur Art" by Gregory S. Paul is relevance here.
 
What's Wrong With This Picture? An Audio CritiqueWhat's Wrong With This Picture? An Audio Critique
Thomas Holtz, a paleontologist for the University of Maryland, reflects upon what has changed, and stayed the same, since our 20th-century dinosaur coverage.
 
What rules the world?What rules the world?
From Brian Switek's Laelaps blog site this is a discussion on paleontological reconstructions with particular emphasis on earlier works.
 

Literature

 
Dinosaurs in Fantastic Fiction: A Thematic SurveyDinosaurs in Fantastic Fiction: A Thematic Survey
Author Allen A. Debus Allen A. Debus traces the public fascination with dinosaur fiction since they were first identified in the nineteenth century. Preview this book in Google Books.
 
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Dinosaurs
A short, pithy overview of dinosaurs in science fiction.
 
Mesozoic Vertebrate Life: "Dinosaurs in Fiction"
This collective volume presents the current knowledge about the Mesozoic reptiles of Patagonia is edited by Darren H. Tanke and Kenneth Carpenter. Of relevance here is Chapter 33, "Dinosaurs in Fiction" by William A.S. Sarjeant.
 
The Dinosaur ScrapbookThe Dinosaur Scrapbook
This book by the venerable Don Glut explores dinosaurs from a media perspective, drawing on rare and unusual photographs, illustrations, and drawings from movies, museums, and magazines, and covering such unique aspects as "dinosaur parks" and comic books.
 
Dinosaurs in Science FictionDinosaurs in Science Fiction
John Joseph Adams at the Internet Review of Science Fiction examines the themes in science fiction literature in which dinosaurs figure. Also includes an excellent list of recommended reading.
 
Dinosaurs in Science Fiction LiteratureDinosaurs in Science Fiction Literature
A guide to stories, novels, anthologies and pulps compiled by paleontologist M.K. Brett-Surman.
 
"A Former State of This Earth": Fossils in Early American Works for Children"A Former State of This Earth": Fossils in Early American Works for Children
A brief introduction to works on fossils published for American children in books and magazines from 1832 to 1853. Some are illustrated; many aren't. Many of the illustrations, as with much of the text, are redrawn from earlier works.
 
Old Dinosaur BooksOld Dinosaur Books
A small but revealing collection of popular science books particularly for children.
 
Paper DinosaursPaper Dinosaurs
An online exhibition by Linda Hall Library of 94 images and their original publications by Gideon Mantell, Richard Owen, Othniel Marsh, Roy Chapman Andrews, and a host of others.

Prehistoric FictionPrehistoric Fiction
A very well maintained and comprehensive site focusing on fiction set in prehistoric times, or in which the principal characters are members of a prehistoric society.
 
Sauria Monstra: Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, and Other Fossil Saurians in Classic Science Fiction and FantasySauria Monstra: Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, and Other Fossil Saurians in Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy
Sauria Monstra collects 14 classic short stories featuring dinosaurs and other reptiles from the past, along with Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel, The Lost World.
 
Dinosaurs in Science Fiction LiteratureSdifan: Dinosaur books
Publication dates, some plot summaries and buying options.
 
Vintage Dinosaur BooksVintage Dinosaur Books
Brief descriptions and representative illustrations from many old dinosaur and prehistoric animal books.
 

Cinema

 
CinefantastiqueCinefantastique Online: Sense of Wonder: Cinema’s Greatest Dinosaurs by Steve Biodrowski and Cinefantastique: The History of Prehistoric Movies, a retrospective that charts Hollywood's long fascination for portraying primitive life as it might have been lived before the invention of modern technology.
 
The Dinosaur FilmographyThe Dinosaur Filmography
A definitive guide to dinosaur film, arranged alphabetically by title, contains entries that include basic facts (year of release, country of origin, studio, and running time) followed by a plot summary, commentary (the author’s review of the film), a section on people and production, and information on the special effects.
 
Dinosaurs Vs. ApesDinosaurs Vs. Apes
View online this documentary about dinosaur movies hosted by Donald F. Glut and Bob Burns and filled with rare movie clips, behind-the-scenes footage, original props and insightful interviews with stop-motion experts Ray Harryhausen and Jim Danforth, Forrest J Ackerman, and author George E. Turner.
 
Dinosaurus!Dinosaurus!
An overview of 50s dinosaur movies.
 
The Dino-Source for popular culture scholarship on dinosaur filmsThe Dino-Source for popular culture scholarship on dinosaur films
There is a lot here but most notable for its extensive Dino-Filmography, a chronological list of dinosaur films, with summaries (some extensive) and other notes. A resource by Dr. Michael Delahoyde of the Washington State University.
 
Hot Blooded Dinosaur MoviesHot Blooded Dinosaur Movies
Another chronicle of the history of dinosaur film.
 
Jurassic ParkJurassic Park, or Sympathy for the Dinosaur
What dinosaurs seem to represent to us is a whole alternate model, an elaborate projection, of a racially-varied 'society' not unlike our own.
 
T. rex: A Dinosaur in HollywoodT. rex - A Dinosaur in Hollywood
Originally aired in 2005, this program celebrates the 100th anniversary of TYRANNOSAURUS REX by personifying the dinosaur and its cultural history in a tongue-in-cheek biography complimented by interviews with paleontologists, cultural historians and actors (combined with historic film footage) as they tell the story of how the Tyrant Lizard King's image has changed with time - culturally and scientifically. Somewhat silly approach but with some entertaining and meaningful content.
 
When Dinosaurs Ruled The ScreenWhen Dinosaurs Ruled The Screen
A guide by Marc Shapiro to the dinosaur on film and television.
 
 

Comics and related

 
Bob Heffner's Dinosaurs Attack!Bob Heffner's Dinosaurs Attack!
Heavily illustrated guide to the 1988 collector card series from Topps containing 55 cards and 11 Stickers.

Commodore DinosaurCommodore Dinosaur
Superhero webcomic.
 
 
Dinosaur ComicsDinosaur Comics
A webcomic by Canadian writer Ryan North.
 
Grand Comics DatabaseGrand Comics Database: Dinosaurs
A very complete listing.
 

Mars Will Send No MoreMars will Send No More: Dinosaur
Blog articles related to a range of dinosaur comics.


Steve R. Bissette's The Paleo Path: The History of Dino-ComicsSteve R. Bissette's The Paleo Path: The History of Dino-Comics
A series of articles at Michael Ryan's Palaeoblog.
 
Turok, Son of StoneTurok, Son of Stone
Covers and plot summaries for all the Gold Key/Dell silver age Turok comics.
 

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