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RE: The Wonderful World of Weird Tyrannosaurs

I'm not sure what impresses me more...the numbers of teeth, the numbers of fingers, or the backward facing Hadrosaur foot that has been glued to the tibia.

If you listen closely enough, you can hear the sound of "Don't you want somebody to love" being played in the background as the picture was being painted. I bet mushrooms were involved.....

From: Danvarner@aol.com Reply-To: Danvarner@aol.com To: dinosaur@usc.edu Subject: The Wonderful World of Weird Tyrannosaurs Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:06:14 -0400 (EDT)

Back in the 1950's and 60's (in the Baby Boom Dinosaur Boom), a publisher in
England put out a series of "Wonderful World" books. They were very stylish
and trendy with their illustrations. I had a number of them, _The Wonderful
World of the Sea_, _The Wonderful World of Mathematics_ (my old man gifted me
with that, hoping I'd forget about dinosaurs), and the very wonderful _The
Wonderful World of Prehistoric Animals_ by W.E. Swinton and illustrated by
Maurice Wilson. Then there was the first one, _The Wonderful World_ from 1954. It
was written by James Fisher, one of the great popularizers of natural
history back then (he was a close friend of Roger Tory Peterson's and they produced
several books together). In this book is an illustration of Tyrannosaurus (I
don't know the artists name) that still gives me pause after fifty or so
years. Even back then I thought it was very odd. It seems as if the artist
studied the Zallinger mural then dropped some acid. I accidentally bumped into it
again today. Here it is:


Other scans from the book can be seen here, click on images to  enlarge: