First published in 1946, Charles R. Knight's Life Through the Ages was for many a beloved first look at the strange animals of the prehistoric past. For much of the 20th century, Knight's reconstructions were the key resource for popular images of ancient life. His paintings and drawings were displayed as part of museum exhibits, notably at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago, were used as illustrations in numerous books and magazine articles, and even influenced movie portrayals of dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts. Knight's work was highly regarded both for its artistic skill and for its scientific accuracy, closely based as it was on the knowledge of its time. Although new discoveries and ongoing research have changed the view of many of the animals depicted by Knight, his work remains valuable and is still treasured by the new generations of scientists and paleoartists. For this Commemorative Edition, many of Knight's original drawings were re-photographed. A new Foreword by Stephen Jay Gould reflects on Knight's work, and a new Introduction by Philip J. Currie discusses recent scientific findings and Knight's restorations.
Charles Robert Knight (1874-1953) was a distinguished paleoartist. His work remains on display at the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum and elsewhere, where it continues to inspire viewers with its wonderfully detailed reconstructions of lost works and long extinct animals.
Preliminary Table of Contents: New Foreword by Stephen Jay Gould Introduction by Philip J. Currie Foreword Cambrian Epoch Devonian Period Carboniferous or Coal Period Dimetrodon-Permian Time Reptiles from the Karoo Region of Africa Allosaurus-Jurassic Period Brontosaurus-Jurassic Period Archaeopteryx and Pterodactyl-Jurassic Period Mosasaurus-Cretaceous Era Styracosaurus-Cretaceous Era Tyrannosaurus-Cretaceous Era Birds Sharks Zeuglodon Later Reptiles Early Elephants-Eocene Period The Woolly Mammoth-Pleistocene Era Modern Elephants Dogs-Fossil-Modern Cats Rancho La Brea-California Pitch Pools The Tiger Eocene Horses Hipparion Horses Titanothere-Oligocene Period Rhinoceroses Woolly Rhinoceros and Man Deer Sloths Bison and Wolves Gorilla Cave Bear and Men
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