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Another big factor in the "Renaissance" is that we who grew up in the 50's
and 60's had a lot of cool dinosaur stuff to excite us. The Life magazine
and the World We Live In books (with Zallinger's murals), movies like The
Animal World, Fantasia, the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. even Godzilla,
Gorgo,etc... Tor and Turok comics, the Marx dinosaur figures.... Famous
Monsters magazine which hipped us to King Kong (and their finally showing
it on tv)... Books by Colbert, Bill Scheele, Roy Chapman Andrews etc. All
those things had POWERFUL effects on young imaginations--- and those people
(and of course even younger ones) are now making the new books, studies,
models etc. to carry on the tradition. Before the 50's there were no
popular books or toys to speak of. It was DULL. The Renassance was
something just waiting to happen, thanks in large measure to all those
From: Brian Franczak <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: What went wrong all those years ago?
> Date: Friday, October 24, 1997 12:56 PM
> On Wed, 8 Oct 1997 14:56:48 -0400 (EDT), Dan Varner wrote:
> > Caleb Lewis wonders about the "Dark Ages" of dinosaur paleontology
> > the views of dinosaurs went drastically wrong". <snip> The short answer
> >is > practically nobody was studying them.
> And the reason nobody was studying them, of course, was the generally
> accepted idea that dinosaurs were simply an evolutionary dead-end not
> worthy of study.