By John Conway, C.M. Kosemen, Darren Naish
All Yesterdays is a publication concerning the method we see dinosaurs and other
prehistoric animals. Lavishly illustrated with over sixty original
artworks, All Yesterdays goals to problem our notions of the way prehistoric
animals seemed and behaved. As an serious exploration of palaeontological
art, All Yesterdays asks questions on what's possible, what is
possible, and what's generally ignored.
Written by means of palaeozoologist Darren Naish, and palaeontological artists John
Conway and C.M. Kosemen, All Yesterdays is scientifically rigorous and
artistically creative in its method of fossils of the previous - and those
of the longer term.
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S end. ve discovered with the benefit of hindsight, or have investigated specifically because we knew about the soft tissue structures in the first place. If we truly imagine that modern animals are represented in a future fossil record by imperfect remains, just like ancient fossils in the real, modern-day world, things could indeed be very different. Science and speculation are happy bedfellows, so long as we remain grounded in our speculations, and so long as we state the core evidence we have in the first place.
Stegosaurus trying to mount an innocent Haplocanthosaurus. Stegosaurus stenops skeletal Glorious Mud? Camarasaurus grandis Of all the kinds of behaviour that animals can engage in, it's probably play that been depicted the most rarely. Plenty of pieces of art show dinosaurs running, jumping, attacking or defending themselves from other dinosaurs, and some even show dinosaurs mating and defecating, but almost none show them playing. Celebrated artist Luis Rey might be unique, then, in having published a scene where dromaeosaurids and troodontids are shown playfully sliding down a snowy slope in a Late Cretaceous winter,26 a speculation inspired by behaviour seen in living magpies and crows.
Perhaps palaeontological artists of the future will give modern animals the same treatment. They will want to flaunt their knowledge of mammalian anatomy by faithfully portraying every limb bone, every finger, every indentation in the skulls. Some will be bolder than the rest, and will decorate their creations with a light sprinkling of hairs, or apply garish color schemes. t be easy to blame them, since there is only the most tenuous of correlations between bone textures and actual soft tissue in living animals.
All Yesterdays by John Conway, C.M. Kosemen, Darren Naish
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