Fossils, Prehistoric Art

Fossils, Prehistoric Art

Dinosaur and prehistoric animal fossils have been known for millennia, although their nature was a mystery. They were considered to be dragon bones in China and the the remains of giants and biblical creatures in Europe.

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals were creatures of fantastic appearance and often enormous size. As such, they have captured the popular imagination and become an enduring part of human culture.

The art of illustrating dinosaurs and prehistoric animals requires a great imagination and a knowledge of fossils, anatomy and the fossil record.

From the mid 1850s there was an international craze for studying fossils and dinosaurs. Some wonderful illustrations of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals showed the animals in their supposed natural settings, prompting further thought about how and when these incredible and mysterious animals lived.

Please enjoy choosing from our vintage dinosaurs at and prehistoric animals art prints, which are based on some of the rarest and best vintage illustrations.

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A Diplodocus Dinosaur (Der Diplodokus). One of the most famous dinosaurs. For many years, was the lo..
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Ichthyosaur - Ichthyosaurier. Huge marine dinosaurs. Existed from 245m to 90m years ago.  ..
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Gigantic Iguanodon - Riesenhafte Iguanodonten. Huge dinosaur dating from the late Jurassic Peri..
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Plesiosaurus - Der Plesiosaurus. Large marine dinosaurs from Jurassic Period.There are many modern d..
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A Pteranodon flying dinosaur (Der Riesenflugsaurier Pteranodon). Pteranodons were Huge flying dinosa..
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Pterodactyl - Fledermaus-Saurier. Flying dinosaur. The first identified flying reptile. Fossils..
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Extinct Moa birds with ancient Maori hunting them. The Moa bird was found in New Zealand up to at le..
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A superb rare vintage illustration of Tuatara. The Tuatara is famous because it is the only survivor..
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Prehistoric Hesperornis birds (Der Vogel Hesperornis). They were flightles aquatic birds and an impo..
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Archaopteryx feathered dinosaurs flying over a beach. A giant prehistoric dragonfly is in the backgr..
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An Archegosaurus dinosaur on the bank of a river through a prehistoric forest of tee ferns and primi..
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Hadrosaudrid dinosaurs (Der Hadrosaurier). They were huge duck-billed dinosaurs related to Iguanadon..
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A superb illustration of Horseshoe Crabs (Der Pfeilschwanz-Krebs), one of the earliest arthropods. B..
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Prehistoric Ammonites (Ammonshorner). Trilobites are one of the earliest arthropods. Their well know..
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A prehistoric Giant Armadillo with cavemen armed with spears hunting it. The German name for the ani..
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A prehistoric Deinotherium (Das Dinotherium). It's name means "terrible beast" and it was huge prehi..
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Ground Sloth - Riesenfaultier. Prehistoric sloth.  This is a fine art print of a lithog..
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A prehistoric Mastodon - mammals related to elephants which inhabited North and Central Am..
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A Moeritherium which is a prehistoric ancestor of the elephant. The German name for the animal was "..
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A prehistoric Palaeomastodon which were mammals that lived 35 million years ago and are believe..
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