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With the rise of The Great Depression, and the onset of World War II, reseach on dinosaurs came to a halt. Scientists began to view the creatures as irrelevant and having no decedants. Many believed that studying the animals was a waste, and the time and resources could be allocated somewhere more beneficial. 



The subtle scientific revolution of prehistoric creatures in the 1960s was coined the “Dinosaur Renaissance.” The depiction of the modern dinosaur portrayed dinosaurs as fiercer, able-bodied and athletic creatures with long arms and long necks.

Jon Ostrom, a paleontologist, was a catalyst to this movement.

He also theorized that dinosaurs were warm blooded, not cold-blooded reptiles. 

Dino Renaissance Pictures

Jon Ostrom revolutionized the public perception of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs evolved from scaly, lizard-like creatures into menacing and terrifyingly strong animals. This is also paralleled in the development of the dinosaur as a character as seen in several movies. Robert Bakker, a student of Ostrom, continued to challenge the outdated views of dinosaurs. 


Greg Paul led the Dinosaur Renaissance as an important paleoartist. Paul’s skeletal reconstructions and depictions of dinosaurs are considered our most modern representation of dinosaurs. Movies such as Jurassic Park showcase “Greg Paul dinosaurs.” His artwork is considered to have exceptional accuracy. 

  • Paul's most famous compilation of dinosaur drawings and discoveries is called The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs. 
  • You can also visit his official website:


Dinosaurs In Movies


In 1914, the first movie about dinosaurs was released. In the film Gertie the Dinosaur, a cartoonist draws a friendly dinosaur named Gertie. She is wandering around, when she meets her creator, and takes him on a ride on her back. This marks the beginning, and end, of dinosaurs represented as friendly creatures in movies.


The Lost World, based off Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel, was released in 1925. In this movie, a group of Brits learn that there are dinosars in the Amazon and set off on an expedition to rescue an explorer's daughter who has been captured. This movie set the scene for special effects and for attempts at scientific accuracy in movies. 

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Dinosaurs in Comics


In 1993, the first series of Ricardo Delgado's Age of Reptiles was released. Set in the Mesozoic Era, these comics detail the violent lives of carnivorous dinosaurs. The comics Tribal Warfare, The Hunt, and The Journey are all collected into the first volume of Age of Reptiles. 


The Turok comics, first published in 1954, told the stories of a pre-Columbian Native American trapped in a canyon with his brother. The canyon is populated by dinosaurs, which the commic nicknames 'hoppers,' 'monsters,' and 'honkers.' These comic books later inspired the video game, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. 


Dinosaur Island made its first appearance in 1960 in DC Comics' War Stories. The first Dinosaur Island is an ammusement park that appears in Batman, while the second appears in Guns of the Dragon and is full of actual dinosaurs. 

Dinosaurs in Childrens Books


In Martha Waddell's The Super Hungry Dinosaur, dinosaurs are depicted in a scary way. A little boy rescues his family from a hungry dinosaur, by convincing him not to eat them or their dog. Ultimately, the dinosaur just wants food, and when the little boy feeds him, the story ends with a dinosaure burp! 

How do dinosaurs…? Throughout her 'How Do Dinosaurs' books, Jane Yolen's tells the story of a dinosaur with human parents. Each of the tweleve books is aimed to teach kids a lesson, all while keeping them engaged and entertained.


In 2011, National Georgraphic published its third book in the series Little Kids First Big Book. Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs is different from most children's books about dinosaurs. In typical National Geogrphic fashion, this interative book is nonfiction and full of fun facts and pictures about the prehistoric creatures.