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"Cowboy Dinosaur" for the masses



This sounds a bit like the plot of the short story by Sharon Farber, "The Last Thunder Horse West of the Mississippi." It appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 12 (Nov 1988): 20-44. The story has Cope and Marsh encountering a relict Brontosaurus, with a wonderful illustration by Robert Walters of cowboys lassoing the rearing sauropod.

The plot of a hidden valley of live dinosaurs is a popular fiction device, from Arthur Conan Doyle's "Lost World" and the 1950s-60s "Turok Son of Stone" comic books, to George Gaylord Simpson's posthumous story "The Dechronization of Sam Magruder" and the late paleontologist William A. S. Sarjeant's novels about "lost islands of living dinosaurs" (written under his pen name Anthony Swithin). Another example is Ivan A. Efremov, the Russian paleontolgist who discovered the Tarbosaurus bataar in the 1940s. He saw the cinematic possibilities of the old plot device: Efremov wrote a sci fi novel in which fossil hunters find a cave wall covered in resin that had acted as a natural photographic film, capturing images of the Tarbosuarus when it was alive. In Plains Indian traditions, similar "time warp" experiences, sometimes sought on vision quests, were called "medicine holes" (see "Fossil Legends of the First Americans" pp 133, 330, 370, etc)

>>I may have missed it, but did anyone mention that a film was made back
in the 60's or 70's that included both cowboys and dinosaurs?  In the
film the cowboys got into a hidden valley that was full of dinosaurs.
It kind of used the "King Kong" plot, and they roped a dinosaur, brought
it back to civilization, exhibited it in a carnival, it broke loose,
etc.
Mary Sue