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Misunderstood Marine Reptiles: Late 19th-Century Artistic Reconstructions of Prehistoric Marine Life
A recent paper that may be of interest:
Jane P. Davidson (2015)
Misunderstood Marine Reptiles: Late Nineteenth-Century Artistic
Reconstructions of Prehistoric Marine Life.
Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 118 (1 & 2): 53-67
Various late nineteenth and early twentieth-century publications
contained discussions and images of extinct marine reptiles. Articles
about paleontology appeared in popular books and magazines, children's
books and scientific publications. Some restorations of fossil marine
reptiles were quite accurate in the context of contemporary scientific
knowledge while others were not. This dichotomy might be expected in
popular literature. But it also appears in publications written by and
in consultation with paleontologists.