By John Conway, C.M. Kosemen, Darren Naish
All Yesterdays is a booklet in regards to the method we see dinosaurs and other
prehistoric animals. Lavishly illustrated with over sixty original
artworks, All Yesterdays goals to problem our notions of the way prehistoric
animals seemed and behaved. As an serious exploration of palaeontological
art, All Yesterdays asks questions about what's possible, what is
possible, and what's often ignored.
Written through palaeozoologist Darren Naish, and palaeontological artists John
Conway and C.M. Kosemen, All Yesterdays is scientifically rigorous and
artistically innovative in its method of fossils of the earlier - and those
of the long run.
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Paul's initial forays into the accurate reconstruction of archosaur musculature were the result of communication with Robert Bakker; in turn, both Paul and Bakker were inspired by Charles R. Knight's (1874-1953) discussions and depictions of animal anatomy. Knight is most famous for his many paintings of fossil dinosaurs and mammals, but he also illustrated living animals. 4 Therein, we see Knight's excellent attention to anatomical detail (especially in mammals), his knowledge of musculature, and his pioneering use of silhouetted outlines to show the extent of soft tissues around the skeleton.
Fossil mammals with body outlines and fur show a thick halo of tissues surrounding the skeleton, meaning that the skeleton was deeply submerged and effectively invisible in the live animal, as is typically the case in modern species. known unknowns? unknown unknowns? the gate is open for all manner of bizarre possibilities as goes the life appearances of fossil animals. It is these speculative possibilities that John Conway and C. M. Kosemen have explored in this book. Palaeontologists and palaeoartists talk about these sorts of ideas all the time-about the possibility that extinct animals were insanely flamboyant, that they had super-sized genitalia, or that they were insulated from the cool or even cold environments they sometimes inhabited by fat, thick skin, or fuzzy coats-but this is the first time ideas of this sort have been extensively discussed in print.
39 Since Psittacosaurus was close to the ancestry of all large-bodied, horned dinosaurs, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that all ceratopsians possessed some sort of spiny integument. Following this line of deduction, we produced this unfamiliar depiction of the very familiar Triceratops. What if the unusual dermal nipples of Triceratops were the bases of giant protective spines? While we are not suggesting that this was the definitive look of this animal, it wouldn't surprise us if Triceratops, or other, even less-expected dinosaurs bore a covering of spiky hairs.