Back Lots of the Lost

LostWorldMovieSince the Victorian period, shortly after the discovery and scientific description of the first recognized examples of the class Dinosauria, individuals have speculated on the possibilities of areas where dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures may still exist… The “lost world” cliché soon became almost universal, demanding a Frank Frazetta canvas: mention “lost world” to nearly anyone and ask for the first images that pop up, and invariably the first response concerns cavemen (and rather shapely cavewomen) watching as a Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops duke it out in a landscape shadowed by giant volcanoes and fern trees.

So writes Paul Riddell in his excellent essay about the plausibility — or, rather, the implausibility — of the lost worlds of fiction. You can read the entire article here.

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