October 3, 1993 |
October is National Stamp Collection Month in many countries, and the special stamps issued for the occasion show that dinosaurs have captured the imagination of postal authorities as well as the interest of filmgoers to Jurassic Park. Australia, Canada and New Zealand all issued commemoratives last week depicting the prehistoric beasts. Special cancellations also are available in an effort to promote collecting interest in each country. Australia issued six stamps, each 45 cents, featuring dinosaurs that once roamed the continent.
January 26, 1986 |
The skeleton of a fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex, part of the new, $2.5 million permanent exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences, captures the attention of onlookers. The exhibit, which features more than a dozen specimens of dinosaurs and other forms of prehistoric life, had its grand opening yesterday at the academy.
February 2, 1986 |
The scene, set in central Montana 70 million years ago, is straight out of a rock video: A bright purple Tyrannosaurus rex, king of the dinosaurs, races by at 35 miles per hour, waving a tail that is pink and yellow. A duckbilled dinosaur - bright yellow - struts by snorting, bellowing a cry somewhere between an oboe and a French horn. Welcome to the new, more colorful world of dinosaurs. This view of dinosaur mating season belongs to Robert Bakker, a Colorado scientist, whose provocative ideas about dinosaurs have helped shake up the world of paleontology, the study of fossils and prehistoric life, over the past decade.
November 5, 1989 |
Walking through the lush tropical setting of Longwood Gardens' fern room, visitors are surrounded by a jungle setting similar to the land where dinosaurs dwelled more than 60 million years ago. Vines grow from rain-forest plants that scrape the ceiling of the Kennett Square conservatory. A pteranodon sculpture hangs overhead as if in flight. Even the sounds of prehistoric times are recreated as replicas of parasaurolophus and triceratops move slowly among the plants and make deep, throaty sounds.
March 20, 1987 |
Nancy Darmstadter holds the beast in her hands. Its fat neck tapers into a pointed snout, out of which a long, forked tongue continuously flickers. The African Savannah Monitor lizard is as ugly as a wart on the Wicked Witch of the West. But to the kids in this class, who eagerly take turns stroking its scaly head, its cuter than the Pillsbury Doughboy. The class is called "Dinosaurs in Action," and it is part of the Saturday Adventures series at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
January 24, 1986 |
Thousands of people are about to discover that much of what they know about dinosaurs - or think they know - is wrong. For example, that all dinosaurs were enormous. For most people, the very word dinosaur calls up the image of a huge beast, as long as a football field, as tall as a hook-and-ladder. But the fact is that not all dinosaurs were giants. There were also smaller ones, some no bigger than a chicken. Or take the ever-popular view that cavemen used to club dinosaurs for dinner.
June 11, 1988 |
From Connecticut to Maryland, Wawa Food Markets yesterday scrambled to remove up to 120,000 plastic dinosaur cups from its 400 stores. It's not because the cups are a health hazard. It's not because they've been recalled by the manufacturer. It's just that, well - somebody was taking legal action over them. The reptiles pictured on some of the plastic cups may have been drawn by someone other than the person whose name was printed beneath the sketch. The lizards had to go, Wawa officials decided.
August 9, 2008 |
Primeval, an exciting British sci-fi adventure series, takes place in that, um, primeval time and place where dinosaurs roam - the local shopping center. (Where they hunt down and viciously kill and eat unwary shoppers.) The dangerously addictive and entertaining show, which has its U.S. premiere tonight at 9 on BBC America, is a melange of sci-fi, mystery and comedy genres. It is the brainchild of Tim Haines, the writer and director behind the popular BBC nature docs Walking with Dinosaurs and Walking with Beasts, which show the life of those extinct giants through the magic of computer-generated imagery.
March 10, 1991 |
Hollywood is still talking about a recent in-house memorandum, written by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney production chief, and promptly leaked, that railed against runaway budgets and the blockbuster mentality. In addition, the buzzword around the studios these days is story-driven, an adjective to describe a movie that draws an audience with its narrative rather than with the magnetism of its stars. All of which serves as an odd climate for what may turn out to be the most expensive movie ever made.
November 14, 2015 |
It's nice to think that if the dinosaurs had survived that comet (or meteor, or earthquake, or visit from the Rigelian Empire, or whatever did them in) and continued to coexist with us, we'd be pals. That's part of the appeal of Dinotopia , artist and author James Gurney's delightful series about a 19th-century explorer's visiting an island where gentle humans and smart dinos share an idyllic life. The other appealing aspect is Gurney's gorgeous, detailed paintings for the books.