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The Last Dinosaur Book: The Life and Times of a Cultural Icon

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For animals that have been dead millions of years, dinosaurs are extraordinarily pervasive in our everyday lives. Appearing in ads, books, movies, museums, television, toy stores, and novels, they continually fascinate both adults and children. How did they move from natural extinction to pop culture resurrection? What is the source of their powerful appeal? Until now, no ...more
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by University of Chicago Press
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I really believe that one of the reasons why Stephen J Gould was such an interesting science writer – well, essayist, really – was that he was a palaeontologist. You see, a palaeontologist needs to be a kind of generalist. They need to know about bones, obviously, but also about anatomy and carbon dating, they need to know lots about animals in general like physiology, and also things well outside biology like radiology and then various chemical and mechanical issues to do with life forms and th ...more
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I will never look at dinosaurs the same way again. Never.
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Fascinating history of dinosaurs in popular culture.
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William J Thomas Mitchell is a professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. Editor of the journal Critical Inquiry.

His monographs, Iconology (1986) and Picture Theory (1994), focus on media theory and visual culture. He draws on ideas from Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx to demonstrate that, essentially, we must consider pictures to be living things. His collection of essays What
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