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- File Size: 13772 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Irregular Books (5 Nov. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A2VS55O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals Kindle Edition
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It takes art as radical as that of All Yesterdays to show us just how locked-in we have all become to the Bakker-and-his-followers school of life restoration. I don't think it's exaggerating to say that Conway's work is the first truly new approach to depicting extinct animals since the 1960s -- which means that All Yesterdays is not only the most beautiful but also the most important palaeoart book of the last four decades. Up to this point in history, we've had two dynasties of dinosaur art. I think All Yesterdays is the launch of the third.
And it is beautiful. There are some superb palaeoartists working in the field at the moment -- it's never been more dynamic and, in the best sense, competitive. But while the work even of some excellent practitioners is rather interchangeable, Conway's pieces are always instantly recognisable because he is an artist first and a palaeoartist second. Others may be more accomplished or have better technique, but Conway's palaeoart has an evocative and even poignant quality that is very rare, maybe unique.Read more ›
When I was growing up they were either grey, brown or green and invariably scaly, and just didn't look like real animals. They were depicted in the same boringly cliched poses and activities. Even post Jurassic Park, when they suddenly sprouted feathers, they still looked like freakish, half-mummified chimaeras.
This informative, accessible book seeks to explain why, while delighting us with imaginative pictures of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures caught being just as diverse and behaviourally interesting as extant animals.
It's split into two parts. The first reconstructs fossil animals while trying to avoid the common errors and limitations of past reconstructions. The second, more whimsical (and short) section illustrates the effect those errors and limitations can have by reconstructing modern animals from imperfect fossils.
The art is simple and lovely, the text easy to read without being dumbed down (the intro is actually the trickiest bit, and for the few potentially unfamiliar scientific terms used, there's a short glossary at the back. For the real enthusiasts, there's also a full bibliography for further reading). As a Kindle e book the colour pictures expand gloriously on a retina iPad, allowing you to see every brush stroke. It's great to see dinosaurs looking interesting at last, in all their weird, well-fed and occasionally cute glory!
If you have any interest in palaeontology, biology or anatomical art then I cannot recommend this book enough. The idea is an extremely simple one: take a look at how dinosaurs and other extinct creatures are most commonly portrayed and ask why? Yet, to my knowledge, no one else has actually addressed this fascinating topic, let alone produced a host of fantastic illustrations to go along with their counter-points. The quality of the illustrations does vary a little, but that's to be expected in a book with multiple contributors; plus, every piece has been cleverly designed to highlight a specific problem with your average palaeo-artist's work.
Frankly, if all this book contained was images of "classic" palaeo-art and the artist's re-imagined (yet equally plausible) take on the same scene it would be interesting enough, but the in depth discussion that accompanies each piece is often astonishing. Conway and Naish have a fantastic way of writing that captures their own excitement surrounding the subjects and also manages to be factual and educational. They're also not afraid to put their necks on the line, with some wonderfully weird ideas making the cut, nor admit to their/the field's failings and limitations when it comes to guesstimating appearance and behaviour from, ostensibly, rocks.
Then, of course, there is All Tomorrows.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant! I got into their stuff by stumbling upon "All Tomorrows" (which is about speculative future evolution and also excellent). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ross Murphy
Really interesting look into the ways that reconstructions of Dinosaurs are warped by the lack of soft tissue preservation, lack of imagination, and by incorrect initial... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a self published book and the format is a little odd, it is quite a slim volume, some of the pages though blank are still numbered and it needs a few tweaks, but being a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Penguuuu
Great concept but I was disappointed by many of the illustrations and by the fact that almost half the book was dedicated to illustrations of extant animals such as cats, cows and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by frielspirit
A very odd book, almost a part of the growing genre of "speculative evolution", but based on real fossils and cleverly questioning our interpretations of those fossils. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2013 by Davidson
The authors are quite right to observe that we could not predict the life appearance of some modern animals from their skeletons alone. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by R. Maddra
Take it on holiday, but also pack some other books, unless you're only going a way for the weekend.
It's factual, but best read as if a hobby book or vastly extended... Read more
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