Prehistoric Animals, 1956
By Jane Werner Watson
This popular book contains cropped segments of the
preliminary "cartoon" that was used to produce the Pulitzer
Prize winning (1949) mural, "The Age of Reptiles," created between 1943
and 1947 by Rudolph F. Zallinger
(1919-1995). Information about the mural can be found here.
According to Debus and Debus, all
of the "Age of Reptiles" that appeared in print before the early 1980's
were of the preliminary "cartoon" because
the mounted skeletons prevented direct photography of the mural. Prehistoric Animals also contains
from Zallinger's restoration of prehistoric mammals cropped from an
early version of his painting, "The Age of
Mammals," and a restoration of an Elasmosaurus cropped from his
painting of life in the Cretaceous seas.
"The Age of Reptiles," "The Age of Mammals," and Zallinger's painting
of life in the Cretaceous seas all appear,
uncropped, in a large format Life
publication titled The World We Live
In (1955). Prehistoric
Animals also includes
some restorations of life in the Pre-Cambrian and Paleozoic seas by the
artists Antonio Petruccelli and James Lewicki.
Again, these restorations were cropped from larger illustrations that
were included in The World We Live In.
bother getting a copy of Prehistoric
Animals. Get a copy of The
World We Live In instead, as this book contains
complete copies of Zallinger's paintings in a fold-out format.