Here be Slurpasaurs! — The Evolution of Prehistoric Life on Film

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The earliest depictions of prehistoric life on film, such as Lewin Fitzhamon’s “Prehistoric Peeps” (1905), which was based on the popular comic strip of the same name and featured actors in pantomime costumes as the first screen slurpasaurs, have now sadly been lost to us, but what survives gives a fascinating insight into the dawn of cinema’s view of the dawn of creation.

One of the earliest surviving dinosaurs on film is the stiff mechanical model in D.W. Griffith’s “Brute Force” (1914), which is an extended version of his own earlier, but dinosaur free, “Man’s...

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