Dinosaurs were first introduced to the general public over 150 years ago, making their first appearance in literature in 1861. Since then, they have shown up in a range of popular media, from film to comic books, trading cards to toys. But how has their image changed through time? Over the past 200 years, paleontological studies have led to the realization that dinosaurs weren’t slow, cold-blooded, dumb beasts but instead quick, warm-blooded, intelligent animals.
These changes can be observed within mass media, from being portrayed initially as mindless, vicious brutes to quick, crafty creatures that were simply trying to survive the world they inhabited. Let’s take a journey through history and examine these changes as seen through the lens of popular culture.
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