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Re: Last dinosaurs of Transylvania + myth of dinosaurs on Venus + more

For those of you who don't already own a copy, Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women can be seen on YouTube at


VTHPOPW is a 1968 Roger Corman butchering of the Russian Planeta Bura. But Corman had previously butchered Planeta Bura in 1965 as Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, sans Mamie Van Doren. The director of VTTPOPW is listed as Derek Thomas, a pseudonym for Peter Bogdanovich.


On 4/3/2015 2:59 PM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of Ben 
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2015 2:38 PM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Last dinosaurs of Transylvania + myth of dinosaurs on Venus + more

Myth of dinosaurs on Venus (in Czech)


Also, this older blog (2013)  in English:


And of course, don't forget the movie "Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric 
Women"--cobbled together from the Soviet science
fiction film "Planet of Storms" with prehistoric reptiles living on Venus:

Planet of Storms


Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women


Oddly, there was a modicum of scientific theory behind the idea of "Venus as a swampy 
planet" concept, and a bit more sophisticated than Sagan's famous: "Observation: Venus is 
covered with clouds; conclusion: dinosaurs" quip (funny and good for science communication as 
it was).

Some early 20th Century central European geoscientists like Grabau and Nopcsa 
were integrating a theory of Earth History environmental change into 
observation of the other worlds in the Solar System. The speculated that 
planets oscillated between wetter (hence cloudy) phases and drier (and redder) 
conditions. In their model Earth of the Carboniferous (with its coal measures) 
was in a wet, cloudy phase; Earth in the Triassic (with its redbeds) was in a 
dry one; and contemporary Earth is in between. And similarly, cloudy Venus is 
reflecting the wet phase, red Mars the dry one, and Earth in between 
(literally, in this case).

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216                        
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Fax: 301-314-9661               

Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Fax: 301-314-9843

Mailing Address:        Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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