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Lost Worlds of Dinosauria

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THE LOST CONTINENT

 
The Lost Continent
 
First appearance: The Lost Continent
Author/Creator: C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
Media: Novel
Year: 1900
Located: A continent in the mid-Atlantic
Plot/Premise: In the last decadent years of Atlantis the evil queen Phorenice is voracious and cruel, and Deucalion, ostensibly the upholder of duty and tradition, is morally ambiguous. The barbarians are literally at the gate. Into this mix dinosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mammoths all survive. There is a tragic love triangle, evil sorcery, lots of swordplay, and a rousing naval battle.
 
Fauna

"A great man-eating bird"
"The great cave-tiger"
"A great man-eating bird"
"The great cave-tiger"
   
Giant water lizard
Comic book adaptation (Daniel Panero)
Giant water lizard
Comic book adaptation (Daniel Panero)
 

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Wikipedia: The Lost Continent

Project Gutenberg: The Lost Continent

Alternative Worlds of the Nineteenth Century by Aaron Parrett

The Lost Continent: The Story of Atlantis - A review by Georges T. Dodds

 
 

CAPRONA

Also known as Caspak
 
Caprona map
 
CapronaFirst appearance: The Land That Time Forgot
Author/Creator: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Media: Novel
Year: 1918
Located: An island near Antarctica
Plot/Premise: In the first novel, Caprona is described as a land mass near Antarctica, first reported by the (fictitious) Italian explorer Caproni in 1721, the location of which was subsequently lost. The island is ringed by high cliffs, making it inaccessible to all but the most intrepid explorers. It has a tropical river teeming with primitive creatures extinct elsewhere and a thermal inland sea, essentially a huge crater lake, whose heat sustains Caprona’s tropical climate. The island is also called Caspak by its native humanoid inhabitants.
Sequels/Other appearances: The People that Time Forgot (1918); Out of Time's Abyss (1918)
Adaptations: The Land That Time Forgot (Film, 1975), The People That Time Forgot (1977), The Land That Time Forgot (Film, 2009)
 
Caprona
Caprona from the 1975 Amicus film The Land That Time Forgot
 
The Land That Time Forgot The People That Time Forgot Out of Time's Abyss
   
The Land That Time Forgot
The Land That Time Forgot comic cover
Cover by Frank Frazetta
Marvel Comics (1975)
   
The Land That Time Forgot comic cover
The People That Time Forgot comic cover
Campfire Comics (2006)
Campfire Comics (2006)
 
The Land That Time Forgot comic
Campfire Comics (2006)
 
Fauna
Caprona fauna
Caprona fauna
Caprona fauna
   
Elasmosaur attacks
Elasmosaurus attacks
Elasmosaur attacks (Dusko)
Elasmosaur attacks again
   
Elasmosaur attacks
Killing fields
Movie poster
Killing fields (Dusko)
   
Tyrannosaurs
Triceratops
Tyrannosaurs
Triceratops
   
Styracosaurus
Mosasaur
Styracosaurus
Mosasaur
   
Styracosaurus
Stegosaur
Styracosaurus
Stegosaur
   
Pterydactyl
Pterydactyl
Pterydactyl
 
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Wikipedia: Caprona (island)

Caspak is an Enigma by Rick Johnson

Teleport City: The Land That Time Forgot

ERBMania: Caspak Glossary by David Bruce Bozarth

Caspak WorldFAQ: An Introduction to ERB's Caspak

SFFaudio: Edgar Rice Burroughs Public Doman Audio Books

Caspak: The Land That Time Forgot by David Bruce "Tangor" Bozarth

Cool Ass Cinema: The Land That Time Forgot and The People That Time Forgot reviews

ERBzine: Caspak in Review by Steve Servello and The Mystery of Caprona and The Wieroo of Caprona by Den Valdron

Black Gate: Adventures in Fantasy Literature: Caspak Victorious: The Land That Time Forgot by Ryan Harvey

 
 

SKULL ISLAND

 
Skull Island map
 
First appearance: King Kong
Authors/Creators: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Ruth Rose, James Ashmore Creelman and Edgar Wallace
Media: Film
Year: 1933
Located: At approximately 12°S 78°E — somewhere off the coast of Sumatra
Skull IslandPlot/Premise: There is a distinctive rocky knoll in the center of the island which is shaped like a human skull, hence its foreboding name. It is the home of the eponymous King Kong and several other species of creatures, mostly prehistoric and in some cases species that should have been extinct long before the rise of mammalian creatures such as gorillas, along with a primitive society of humans.
 
Skull Island map
Map from 2005 film

Fauna: 1933 feature
King Kong: The 1933 expeditions' first dinosaur sighting: A Stegosaurus
The 1933 expeditions' first dinosaur sighting: A Stegosaurus
   
King Kong: Stegosaurus
King Kong: Brontosaurus
Stegosaurus
Brontosaurus
   
King Kong: Pit lizard
Pit lizard
Tyrannosaurus
   
King Kong: Brontosaurus attacks
Kong dispatches a snake-like, freshwater "elasmosaur"
Brontosaurus attacks
   
King Kong: Pteronodon
King Kong: Styracosaurus
Pteranodon
Styracosaurus
   
King Kong: Dragon-like beast
King Kong: Sea monster
Dragon-like beast
Sea monster
 
King Kong: The log bridge
King Kong battles T. rex
Fauna: 2005 feature
King Kong: Brontosaurus
King Kong: Venatosaurus
Brontosaurus
Venatosaurus
   
King Kong: Foetodon
King Kong: Vestatosaurus
Foetodon
Vestatosaurus
   
King Kong: Ferrucutus
King Kong: Terapusmordax
Ferrucutus
Terapusmordax
 
King Kong 2005 - Brontosaurs
King Kong 2005: Foetodon
 
Sequels/Other appearances: Son of Kong (1933); King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962); King Kong Escapes (1967); King Kong (1976); King Kong Lives (1986); King Kong (2005)
Adaptations: King Kong (Novel, 1932, Delos W. Lovelace); "King Kong" (Short story, 1933, Edgar Wallace and Draycott Montagu Dell); King Kong (Magazine serial, 1933, Walter F. Ripperger); Kong: King of Skull Island (Novel, 2005, Brad Strickland, John Michlig, Joe DeVito), King Kong (Novelization, 2005, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson); The Island of the Skull (Prequel novel, 2005, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson); Kong Reborn (Novel, 2005, Russell Blackford)
 
Skull Island by Don Marquez
Don Marquez

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Kong: King of Skull Island

Filmsite: King Kong (1933)

Bad Movie Planet: King Kong

Cinemassacre.com: King Kong

Wikipedia: Skull Island and King Kong

Television Tropes and Idioms.org: King Kong

Marrkosia: King Kong Comics and Graphic Novels

King Kong: Part 1 - The Creatures of Skull Island

ERBzine: King Kong I: The Lost Civilization of Skull Island

MonsterZine.com: The Making of King Kong: A Natural Horror Adventure

Wikizilla: Skull Island, List of Creatures from Skull Island and Category: King Kong

National Geographic: King Kong Island Home Is Pure Fantasy, Ecology Experts Say

 
Skull Island
 
 

THUNDER ISLAND

 
The Land of Terror
 
First appearance: Land of Terror
Author/Creator: Lester Dent
Media: Novel
Year: 1933
Doc SavageLocated: South Pacific Island, "some distance from New Zealand"
Plot/Premise: In a race to obtain a special element required to make the Smoke of Eternity, Doc Savage lands on volcanic, uninhabited Thunder Island in the South Pacific. While circling above the island’s massive, steam-shrouded crater, the seaplane carrying Doc and crew is attacked by giant flying reptiles, living, breathing pterodactyls of a long-dead age... Prehistoric creatures would be encountered at least twice more over the course of the Doc Savage series, in The Other World (1940) and The Time Terror (1943).
 
Fauna
 
Thunder Island fauna
Thunder Island fauna

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Doc Savage Wiki

Comic Book DB: Doc Savage

InsaneJournal: The Land of Terror

Bronze Icon - Doc Savage: The Land of Terror

Thunder Island and the Smoke of Eternity by Art Sippo

Dusk Before the Dawn: The Land of Terror by Larry Ketchersid

 
 

DINOSAUR ISLAND

Later known as Mystery Island and Monster Island
 
Dinosaur Island

First appearance: Star-Spangled War Stories #90
Author/Creator: Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Media: Comic
Year: 1960
Located: South Pacific Island
War That Time ForgotPlot/Premise: Dinosaur Island is a mysterious uncharted island located somewhere in the South Pacific. As its name suggests, the island is known for supporting animal life that would otherwise be extinct in the normal world - most notably, its high population of dinosaurs. It is believed that Dinosaur Island is in someway connected, either physically or mystically, to the Inner-Earth realm known as Skartaris. It is on this island that members of the U.S. Armed Forces found themselves -- armed only with standard issue weapons against the deadliest predators ever to roam the Earth.

In the Star Spangled War Stories #90: The War that Time Forgot when a reconnaissance patrol fails to return from Mystery Island (as it is then known), the Question Mark Patrol is parachuted in and discover that an earthquake has released dinosaurs from suspended animation. It is kept top secret and over the years many patrols stumble upon the island and its secret.

The War that Time ForgotSequels/Other appearances: Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Revenge of the Reach! (Comic); Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Revenge of the Reach! and Terror on Dinosaur Island! (Comics); DC: The New Frontier Vol 1 3 (Comic); Guns of the Dragon Vol 1 1-4 (Comic); Superman/Batman Vol 1 46 (Comic); War That Time Forgot Vol 1 1-12 (Comic); Batman: The Brave and the Bold: "Terror on Dinosaur Island" (TV); Challengers of the Unknown: "Revenge of the Reach" (TV); Justice League: The New Frontier (Direct to video film)

Star Spangled War Stories Star Spangled War Stories Star Spangled War Stories
The War That Time Forgot
The War That Time Forgot
The War That Time Forgot
 
Fauna
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Dinosaur Island fauna
Dinosaur Island fauna
Dinosaur Island fauna
Dinosaur Island fauna
Dinosaur Island fauna
Dinosaur Island fauna

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Comic Vine: Dinosaur Island

DC Database: Dinosaur Island

Don Markstein's Toonpedia: The War That Time Forgot

Scott Shaw's Oddball Comics: Star Spangled War Stories

Wikipedia: Dinosaur Island and The War that Time Forgot

Dinosaur Tracking: From the Comic Books: The Secret Dinosaur War

Atomic Surgery Blog: The War That Time Forgot: Medal For A Dinosaur!

Vonshollywood: Tales from the PTO (Prehistoric Theatre of Operations)

 
Dinosaur Island
 
 

UNKNOWN ISLAND

 
Unknown Island
First appearance: Unknown Island
Author/Creator: Robert T. Shannon, Jack Harvey, Jack Bernhard
Media: Film
Year: 1948
Located: South Pacific Island
Unknown IslandPlot/Premise: A former Marine who, while on duty, discovered a previously unknown island in the Pacific where dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals have somehow managed to escape extinction and live as they did millions of years ago. Still traumatized by the experience, he returns with a photographer and others to prove their existence. They soon find out his story is true, and why the danger has taken such a toll on him, as they find themselves on the run from hungry dinosaurs.
 
Fauna
 
Unknown Island: Brontosaurs
Unknown Island: Ceratosaurus
Brontosaurs
Ceratosaurus
   
Unknown Island: Dimetrodon
Unknown Island: Ceratosaurs
Dimetrodon
Ceratosaurs

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Bad Movies.org: Unknown Island

Internet Movie Database: Unknown Island

 
 

LOST CONTINENT

 
Lost Continent
 
First appearance: Lost Continent
Author/Creator: Sam Newfield, Orville H. Hampton, Richard H. Landau, Carol Young
Media: Film
Year: 1951
Lost ContinentLocated: South Pacific island
Plot/Premise: A mission heads to the South Pacific to retrieve an atomic rocket that vanished. Their plane crashes on a remote tropical island. They find a lone native girl who indicates something fell from the sky onto a forbidding plateau which dominates part of the island. The party reaches the top despite numerous obstacles, and discovers a lush jungle inhabited by dinosaurs. Some die during the climb, others are killed by the presumed-extinct animal life, but two return to the flatland with a critical component of the rocket. They escape, along with the island girl, as a dormant volcano erupts and destroys the island.
 
Fauna
 
Lost Continent: Brontosaurus
Lost Continent: Triceratops
Brontosaurus
Triceratops

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Wikipedia: Lost Continent

Google Video: Lost Continent

Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt!: Lost Continent

Internet Movie Database: Lost Continent

The Astounding B-Monster: Sydney Melton recalls the making of Lost Continent

 
 

ISLA NUBLAR and ISLA SORNA

 
Map of Isla Nublar
Isla Nublar

Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonFirst appearance: Jurassic Park
Author/Creator: Michael Crichton
Media: Book
Year: 1990
Located: 120 miles (190 km) off the coast of Costa Rica and Isla Sorna is 87 miles southwest of it and approximately 207 miles off the coast of Costa Rica.
Plot/Premise: Isla Nublar is the site of a disastrous attempt by InGen Corporation to create a theme park of cloned dinosaurs. Isla Sorna, also known as "Site B", is another fictional island that serves as an InGen laboratory and research centre, where dinosaurs are hatched and reared before being moved to Isla Nublar as juveniles.
 

Jurassic Park

Sequels/Other appearances: The Lost World (1995)
Adaptations: Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), numerous videos, comics and computer games

 
Fauna
 
Jurassic Park: Tyrannosaurus
Jurassic Park: Pachycephalosaurus
Tyrannosaurus
Pachycephalosaurus
   
Jurassic Park: Stegosaurus
Jurassic Park: Triceratops
Stegosaurus
Triceratops
   
Jurassic Park: Mamenchisaurus
Jurassic Park: Corythosaurus
Mamenchisaurus
Corythosaurus
   
Jurassic Park: Ceratosaurus
Jurassic Park: Spinosaurus
Ceratosaurus
Spinosaurus
   
Jurassic Park: Dilophosaurus
Jurassic Park: Compsognathus
Dilophosaurus
Compsognathus
   
Jurassic Park: Velociraptor
Jurassic Park: Pteranodon
Velociraptor
Pteranodon
 
Jurassic Park: Stampede
 
Jurassic Park: River cruise

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Wikibin: Isla Nublar

Wikitravel: Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park Wiki: Isla Sorna

Wikipedia: Jurassic Park (franchise)

The Big Waste of Space: The Flubs of Jurassic Park

The San Diego Natural History Museum: The Science of "Jurassic Park"

 
Jurassic Park gate
 
 

DINOTOPIA

 
Map of Dinotopia
 

Dinotopia booksFirst appearance: Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time
Author/Creator: James Gurney
Media: Picture book
Year: 1998
Located: Indian Ocean
Plot/Premise: Dinotopia is an isolated island deep in the uncharted reaches of the Indian Ocean and inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sentient dinosaurs that have learned to coexist peacefully as a single symbiotic society.

Dinotopia

Dinotopia BrachiosaurDinotopia is about 200 miles across, and is home to a full spectrum of climates: the east is largely desert; the Rainy Basin is a tropical region roughly in the center of the island; the west is largely temperate; and the Forbidden Mountains are frigid cold tundra. A number of offshore islands are also populated. The island remains uncharted because it is surrounded by storms and unnavigable reefs. Once wrecked on the island, there are very few ways back off. Continental drift separated Dinotopia from the Indian subcontinent. Sixty-five million years ago, dinosaurs found refuge from the effects of the asteroid that killed off the rest of their kind by sequestering themselves in the caverns of the World Beneath. Presumably, groups of animals periodically escaped extinction in the World Beneath in the eons preceding the great Cretaceous extinction, explaining the broad spectrum of Mesozoic creatures. During the great Ice Age, a land bridge invited the large mammals to share the island, as well.

Dinotopia: Waterfall City


DinotopiaSequels/Other appearances: A Land Apart from Time; The World Beneath; First Flight; Journey to Chandara; Dinotopia Lost (1996) and Hand of Dinotopia (1999) by Alan Dean Foster; Numerous children's books
Adaptations: "Dinotopia" miniseries (2002, Hallmark); "Dinotopia" television series; Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone animated film (2005); Dinotopia Adventure Game for PC (PC: 1995); Dinotopia: Living the Adventure (PC: 1996); Dinotopia Game Land Activity Center (PC/Mac: 2002); Dinotopia: The Timestone Pirates (Game Boy Advance: 2002); Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey (GameCube/Xbox: 2003)

 
Fauna
 
Dinotopia fauna
Dinotopia fauna
Dinotopia fauna
Dinotopia fauna
Dinotopia fauna
Dinotopia fauna

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Dinotopia

Dinotopia Wiki

Gurney Journey

The City of Mists

Wikipedia: Dinotopia

Dinotopian RP Forum

 
Dinotopia: Cooperation
 
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