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Lost Worlds of Dinosauria

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1860 - 1924

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LIDENBROCK SEA

 
Linderbrock Sea
Édouard Riou

By Scot DalyFirst appearance: A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (French: Voyage au centre de la Terre)
Author/Creator: Jules Verne
Media: Novel
Year: 1864
Located: Earth's center
Plot/Premise: A German professor (Otto Lidenbrock in the original French, Professor Von Hardwigg in the most common English translation) believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the center of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy. The living organisms they meet reflect geological time; just as the rock layers become older and older the deeper they travel, the animals become more and more ancient the closer the characters approach the center. They encounter no dinosaurs but while crossing the Lidenbrock Sea, they witness a battle between an Ichthyosaurus and a Plesiosaurus.

 
Lidenbrock Sea
Earth's center (Édouard Riou)
   
Lidenbrock Sea (1959 film)
Lidenbrock Sea (2008 film)
1959 film 2008 film
 
Adaptations: Films - 1959, 1976, 1978, 1989, 2008, 2008; TV series/ Miniseries/TV film, 1959, 1993, 1999, 2008; Radio play: 2000; Stage play: 2000; Video game: 2008; Music album: 1974; Park attraction: 2008
 
Fauna
 
Plesiosaurus and Ichthyosaurus (Édouard Riou)
Pterosaurs (Édouard Riou)
Plesiosaurus and Ichthyosaurus (Édouard Riou)
Pterosaurs (Édouard Riou)
   
Ancient mammals (Édouard Riou)
Marine monsters and pterosaurs (Édouard Riou)
Ancient mammals (Édouard Riou)
Marine monsters and pterosaurs (Édouard Riou)
   
Attacking Dimetrodon (1959 film)
Attacking Tyrannosaurus (2008 film)
Attacking Dimetrodon (1959 film)
Attacking Tyrannosaurus (2008 film)
   
Giant lizard gaze (1959 film)
Tyrannosaurus gaze (2008 film)
Giant lizard gaze (1959 film)
Tyrannosaurus gaze (2008 film)
 
Dimetrodons on the shore of the Lidenbrock Sea (1959 film)
Dimetrodons on the shore of the Lidenbrock Sea (1959 film)
 
The Mushroom Forest
 
The mushroom forest by Édouard Riou
The Mushroom Forest Ricardo Garijo
Édouard Riou
Ricardo Garijo
   
The mushroom forest (1959 film)
The mushroom forest (2008 film)
1959 film
2008 film
   

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Free audiobook from Librivox

Penguin Classics study guide

Wikipedia: A Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey into the Interior of the Earth by Jules Verne

Classics Illustrated online: A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Voyage au centre de la Terre (1864) - 56 illustrations by Édouard Riou

Journey to the Center of the Earth ... and time (in French) by Lionel Dupuy

Journey to the Centre of the Earth with introduction, notes and appendices

 
 

KOSEKIN

 
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
 

Copper cylinderFirst appearance: A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
Author/Creator: James De Mille
Media: Novel
Year: 1888
Located: Earth's interior beneath Antarctica
Plot/Premise: Four sailors discover a copper cylinder containing a manuscript written by the adventurer Adam More, who was shipwrecked in the southern hemisphere. They read its contents out to one another, and the incredible story unfolds of his journey through a subterranean tunnel to a lost world of prehistoric animals, plants and people, all sustained by a natural volcanic heat despite the long Antarctic night. This strange utopian society, a lost world in which humans coexist with monstrous prehistoric animals (including plesiosaurs), is the antithesis of Victorian England, as poverty is preferred to wealth and darkness to light.

 
A Strange Manuscript illustration
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
 

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Bibliophilia Obscura: A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille
Challenging Destiny: Review of The Origins of Canadian SF
Gaslight text: A Strange manuscript found in a copper cylinder as serialized in Harper's weekly, (1888)

 
 

BENEATH BOSNIA

 
First appearance: Professor Antediluvius (Profesor Przedpotopowicz)
Author/Creator: Erazm Majewski
Media: Novel
Year: 1898
Located: Earth's interior beneath Bosnia
Plot/Premise: Entering a crevice in the earth in Bosnia three explorers climb down through a series of caverns containing the earth's geological ages.
 
 

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

 
 

BEYOND THE GREAT SOUTH WALL

 
Beyond the Great South Wall
 
First appearance: Beyond the great south wall: the secret of the Antarctic
Author/Creator: Frank Savile
Media: Novel
Year: 1901
Located: Antarctica
Plot/Premise: An expedition to the Antarctic searches for the lost treasures of the Mayans. The explorers encounter Cay, a dinosaur worshipped by the Mayans.
 
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Coachwhip Publications: Beyond the Great South Wall
 
 

NORTH POLE KINGDOM

 
The People of the Pole
 
First appearance: Le Peuple du Pôle (The People of the Pole)
Author/Creator: Charles Derennes
Media: Novel
Year: 1907
Located: Secret valley at the North Pole
Plot/Premise: During an expedition to the North Pole, French aeronauts Jean-Louis de Venasque and Jacques Ceintras stumble upon an alien society of technologically-advanced reptilian humanoids living in a secret enclave that has been isolated from the world for millions of years. Archaic forms also persist in the form of "gigantic and bipedal reptiles."
Sequels/Other appearances: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Alan Moore)
 
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Black Coat Press: The People of the Pole
 
 

MAPLE WHITE LAND

 
Maple White Land map
 
Maple White Land map
 
Pteranodons attackFirst appearance: The Lost World
Author/Creator: Arthur Conan Doyle
Media: Novel
Year: 1912
Located: Inaccessible plateau in the Amazon basin
Plot/Premise: The Lost World chronicles an expedition led by Professor Challenger to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where dinosaurs and other extinct creatures still survive.

The pterodactyl swamp
The pterodactyl swamp

 

Sequels/Other appearances: Frankenstein in the Lost World (Don Glut, 1971); Return to the Lost World (Nicholas Nye, 1991); Dinosaur Summer (of sorts) (Greg Bear, 1998)
Adaptations: The Lost World (Film, 1925); The Lost World (Film, 1960); The Lost World (Film, 1992); The Lost World (Film, 1998); Return to the Lost World (Film, 1992); "The Lost World" (TV miniseries, 2001), Sir Author Conan Doyle’s The Lost World – (TV movie and series, 1999-2002), Forgotten Futures III: George E. Challenger's Mysterious World, Torg

Fauna
 
Attack of the pterosaurs
Stegosaurus
Megalosaurus
Attack of the pterosaurs
Stegosaurus
Megalosaurus
     
Megolosaurus
Pit of the pterosaurs
Pterosaur takes dinner
Megalosaurus
Pit of the pterosaurs
Pterosaur takes dinner
     
Iguanodons
Lake Gladys
Apeman
Iguanodons
Lake Gladys
Apeman
 
Film adaptations
1925
2001
   
Allosaurus
Hypsilophodon
Allosaurus
Hypsilophodon
   
"Tracodon"
Iguanodon
"Trachodon"
Iguanodon
   
Agathaumas
Pteranodon
Agathaumas
Pteranodon
   
Triceratops
Diplodocus
Triceratops
Diplodocus
   
Tyrannosaurus
Allosaurus
Tyrannosaurus
Allosaurus
 
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Wikipedia: The Lost World

Making Sense of Maple White Land

Google News Timeline: The Lost World

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Lost World

The Land That Maple White Found by Arn McConnell

BFRonline.biz: Conan Doyle, The Lost World and Devon

The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Lost World

Project Gutenberg: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Cinefantastique: The Lost Worlds of Arthur Conan Doyle by Steve Biodrowski

George E. Challenger's Mysterious World: A Role Playing Sourcebook For Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Scientific Romances by Marcus L. Rowland

 
A reported 1960 expedition to Maple White Land proved to be a hoax
 
 

PELLUCIDAR

 
Pellucidar map
 

First appearance: At the Earth's Core
Author/Creator: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Media: Novel
Year: 1914
Located: Earth's interior
Plot/Premise: Pellucidar is a fictional Hollow Earth milieu invented by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. In a notable crossover event between Burroughs' series, there is a Tarzan story in which the Ape Man finds his way into Pellucidar. Pellucidar is populated by primitive people and prehistoric creatures, notably dinosaurs.
Hollow Earth ExpeditionSequels/Other appearances: Pellucidar (1915); Tanar of Pellucidar (1929); Tarzan at the Earth's Core (1929); Back to the Stone Age (1937); Return to Pellucidar (1941); Land of Terror (1944); Savage Pellucidar (1963); John Eric Holmes: Mahars of Pellucidar (1976), Red Axe of Pellucidar (1993)
Adaptations: At the Earth's Core (Film, 1976)

 
From At the Earth's Core (1976)
At the Earth's Core
 
At the Earth's Core
 
At the Earth's Core
 
Hollow Earth Expedition
Hollow Earth Expedition role playing game
 
Views of Pellucidar
   
Pellucidar view
Pellucidar view
Jared Shear
Frank Frazetta
 
Pellucidar map
 
Fauna
 
Azdyryth
Azdyryth

Mahar Queen
Mahar
Hydrophidian
Mahar Queen
(J. Allen St. John)
Mahar
(J. Allen St. John)
Hydrophidian
(J. Allen St. John)
     
A Thipdar
Horibs
A Thipdar
(J. Allen St. John)
Frank Franzetta
Horibs
(J. Allen St. John)
 

At the Earth's Core
At the Earth Core
A Lidi
A Lidi
 
Cave of Mahars
Cave of Mahars
   
From the Amicus film At the Earth Core
From the Amicus film At the Earth Core
From the Amicus film At the Earth Core

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Erbmania

Pellicudar

Pellucidar Maps

Wikipedia: Pellucidar

von Horst's Pellucidar

The Burroughs Bibliophiles

Edgar Rice Burroughs Listserve

Pellicudar Gallery by Frank Frazetta

Pellucidar Pastiches by Tony Phillips

Dinosaurs of Pellucidar by Philip J. Currie

Pellucidar - A review by Cindy Lynn Speer

Next Stop, Pellucidar: What's up with these Dinosaurs?

The Perilous World of Pellucidar by David Bruce "Tangor" Bozarth

 
At the Earth's Core (1976) Japanese poster

Film and TV drill tanks or "What an incredible bore!"

 
Radium driller from Things to Come (1936)
Unknown World's (1951) Cyclotram
   
Iron Mole from At the Earth's Core (1976)
Thrust's Polar-Borer from The Last Dinosaur
   
The boring supersub Atragon (1965)
The Thunderbirds' Mole
   
The Machine World's monstrous drill in Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive's Drill Driver (2007)
   
The Drill in Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
The Molepod in G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra (2009)
 
Television Tropes and Idioms: Drill Tank
 
 

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

 
 

SLUMBER MOUNTAIN

 
 

First appearance: Ghost of Slumber Mountain
Author/Creator: Willis O'Brien
Media: Film
Year: 1918
Located: Peak of Slumber Mountain at the edge of the Valley of Dreams
Plot/Premise: The spirit of the mountain hermit Mad Dick provides tale-spinner Uncle Jack with a time-viewing telescope. Through this Jack is able to see dinosaurs eating and fighting among themselves.

Fauna
 
Triceratops
Tyrannosaurus
 
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Film reference: O'Brien, Willis H.

YouTube: Ghost of Slumber Mountain

Wikipedia: Ghost of Slumber Mountain

Kong is King.net: Every Picture Tells a Story

The Official Ray Harryhausen Website: Pre-Dynamation

Voyages Extraordinaires: The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1919)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World: Willis O'Brien - Stop-Motion Pioneer and Early Dinosaur Cinema

Gary Westfahl's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Film: Willis O'Brien (1886-1962) American special effects artist

 
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