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Life Through the Ages: A Commemorative Edition

Art / Photobook

Series: Life of the Past

By: Charles Robert Knight(Author), Stephen Jay Gould(Foreword By), Philip J Currie(Introduction By)

69 pages, 34 b/w illustrations

Indiana University Press

Paperback | Aug 2017 | #234843 | ISBN-13: 9780253028822
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NHBS Price: £13.99 $18 / €16 approx
Hardback | Jun 2001 | #118944 | ISBN: 0253339286
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Paperback reissue of the 2001 hardback commemorative edition. First published in 1946, Charles R. Knight's Life Through the Ages was for many a beloved first look at the strange animals of the prehistoric past. For much of the 20th century, Knight's reconstructions were the key resource for popular images of ancient life. His paintings and drawings were displayed as part of museum exhibits, notably at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago, were used as illustrations in numerous books and magazine articles, and even influenced movie portrayals of dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts. Knight's work was highly regarded both for its artistic skill and for its scientific accuracy, closely based as it was on the knowledge of its time. Although new discoveries and ongoing research have changed the view of many of the animals depicted by Knight, his work remains valuable and is still treasured by the new generations of scientists and paleoartists.

For this Commemorative Edition, many of Knight's original drawings were re-photographed. A new foreword by Stephen Jay Gould reflects on Knight's work, and a new Introduction by Philip J. Currie discusses recent scientific findings and Knight's restorations.

"Armed only with clay, plaster and paint, Charles R. Knight brought the dry bones back to life, to live on in our memories and dreams – and sometimes our nightmares as well."
– Richard Milner, author of Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through Time


New Foreword by Stephen Jay Gould
Introduction by Philip J. Currie
Cambrian Epoch

Devonian Period
Carboniferous or Coal Period
Dimetrodon—Permian Time
Reptiles from the Karoo Region of Africa
Allosaurus—Jurassic Period
Brontosaurus—Jurassic Period
Archaeopteryx and Pterodactyl—Jurassic Period
Mosasaurus—Cretaceous Era
Styracosaurus—Cretaceous Era
Tyrannosaurus—Cretaceous Era
Later Reptiles
Early Elephants—Eocene Period
The Woolly Mammoth—Pleistocene Era
Modern Elephants
Rancho La Brea—California Pitch Pools
The Tiger
Eocene Horses
Titanothere—Oligocene Period
Woolly Rhinoceros and Man
Bison and Wolves
Cave Bear and Men

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Charles Robert Knight (1874-1953) was a distinguished paleoartist. His work remains on display at the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum and elsewhere, where it continues to inspire viewers with its wonderfully detailed reconstructions of lost works and long extinct animals.

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