Thursday, November 15, 2012

Let's Read The _Prehistoric World_ Series part two

Continuing our journey through four books in the Prehistoric World series written by Virginia Schomp and published between 2003-2006 by the Marshall Cavendish Corporation.  Today, we'll have a look at 2003's Velociraptor and Other Small, Speedy Meat-Eaters.

We've had a lot of fun with outdated depictions of deinonychids over the years, but this book sports some of the most incredibly unpretty depictions of our favorite maniraptors I have ever seen:

_Prehistoric World_ Series - Velociraptor, 2003

Oh my... These guys look like they'd be happier menacing Gelflings. And, er, that's an unfortunate angle on the rightmost 'raptor.

Then again, you have the fellow in the lower-right here:

_Prehistoric World_ Series - Velociraptor, 2003

Granted, everyone's proportions are very very wrong. We've seen worse -much worse- deinonychusaurs to be fair, but these guys are pretty bad. To be fair, they do all look better than this bizarre Sinosauropteryx:

_Prehistoric World_ Series - Velociraptor, 2003

The Velociraptor book also includes an illustration of two really ugly, almost bulldog-looking Deinonychuses, which is recycled here in Archaeopteryx and Other Flying Dinosaurs from 2004:

_Prehistoric World_ Series - Archaeopteryx, 2004

Archaeopteryx is certainly the strangest book in the collection, seeing as we didn't have the vast galloping herds of very birdlike dinosaurs we all know today. We kick things off with a really ugly Mononychus:

_Prehistoric World_ Series - Archaeopteryx, 2004

And before the ride is over, we get a detour from the dinosaurs to look at a very strange Pteronodon.  That beak...:

_Prehistoric World_ Series - Archaeopteryx, 2004

But we also get a very nice painting of the Enantiornithine Gobipteryx:

_Prehistoric World_ Series - Archaeopteryx, 2004

I have no idea how accurate this is, but this is just the kind of paleoart I love. It's gorgeous, and would not look one bit out of place in a field guide for modern-day theropods.

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Art of the Day!

Magnemites are cool. World Showcase is cool. And the "Magnemigration" is very cool:

Magnemigration!

1 comment:

raptor_044 said...

I was originally gonna comment on your previous post. In any case, I'm glad to see you review the "Prehistoric World" series, given the weird art. Will you do the non-maniraptoriform books in said series too?

"We've had a lot of fun with outdated depictions of deinonychids over the years, but this book sports some of the most incredibly unpretty depictions of our favorite maniraptors I have ever seen:"

Steve White's old stuff is actually my favorite part of said series. I especially like that particular drawing for the exaggerated poses & musculature. It's so over-the-top, I can't help but find it awesome.

"And, er, that's an unfortunate angle on the rightmost 'raptor.

Then again, you have the fellow in the lower-right here:"

I don't see it. What am I missing?

-JD-man