Starring T. Rex!

Starring T. Rex! : Dinosaur Mythology and Popular Culture

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In some cases, scientific research into the space-time continuum may have [unexpected] consequences... as occurs in Isaac Asimov's short story "'A Statue for Daddy.' In this tale... two scientists... recover 14 dinosaur eggs. The eggs are carefully incubated, and they hatch bipedal dinosaurs about the same size as a medium-sized dog. One of them is accidentally electrocuted, and the scientists discover that their meat is truly exquisite. They become fabulously rich rearing and marketing dinosaur meat under the name of 'dinochicken.'"Ever since the discovery of the first fossil remains in the 19th century, dinosaurs have captured the imaginations of scientists and inspired writers, artists, and filmmakers. Dinosaurs, and legends about them are firmly entrenched in popular culture, where scientific information and our interest in the life of the past most often meet. Starring T. Rex! considers dinosaurs as a cultural phenomenon, seen as the interaction of three factors-paleontological discoveries, the cultural interest these discoveries awaken, and the possibilities they offer for commercial exploitation. Jose Luis Sanz explains that the knowledge generated by paleontologists enters popular culture at a mythological level and that the mass communication media (for example, science fiction literature, comic books, television, and movies) are the vehicles that link science and its reflection in culture.Sanz first analyzes the historical origins of the dinosaur myth in modern society. He then considers the manner in which information drawn from scientific study enters popular consciousness, discussing, among other things, the coexistence of men and dinosaurs, what dinosaurs looked like, extinction, the presence of dinosaurs in fantasy stories, and the relationship between dinosaurs and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 173.7 x 223.5 x 13.5mm | 290.3g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 62 b&w photos
  • 0253215501
  • 9780253215505
  • 1,681,312

About Jose Luis Sanz

Professor Michael Archer is currently Director of the Australian Museum in Sydney as well as a Professor in the School of Biological Science at the University of New South Wales. Dr. Suzanne Hand is a Research Scientist inthe School of Biological Science at the University of New South Wales and a Research Associate of the Australian Museum. Henk Godthelp is the Manager of the Vertebrate Palaeontology laboratories at the University of New South Wales and a Research Associate of the Australian more

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"By first providing a historical overview of paleontology in relation to popular culture and then analyzing this relationship, Sanz guides the reader through an entertaining study of the dinosaurs that populate the world of literature and cinema... Recommended..." -Library Journalshow more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: Introduction1. Surprise: The Origin of the Myth2. Dinosaur Hunters: They Really Existed!3. Arthur Conan Doyle: Lost Worlds and Cavemen4. The Second Dinosaur Rush5. Dinosaur Cartoons: Fantasia6. Were Dinosaurs Stupid?7. Dinosaur Renaissance8. Dinomania9. The Synchrony of Men and Dinosaurs10. The Myth of the Lost World11. Frozen Dinosaurs12. Time Travels13. Dinosaurs of the Future14. Exodinosaurs15. The New Frontiers of Science: Jurassic Park16. The Extinction of the Dinosaurs17. Nessie and Friends18. Intelligent Dinosaurs19. The Coexistence of Men and Dinosaurs20. The Man-Dinosaur Conflict21. Dinosaurs and Terror22. What Dinosaurs Looked Like23. Japanese Creatures24. Dragons and Dinosaurs25. The Dinosaurs' Way of Life in the Fantasy Story26. Eggs and YoungEpilogueIndexshow more

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