In contrast to Martin’s Hades, this anonymous design offers a cheerful version of ancient times, with the Plesiosaur cruising sedately against a rising sun, the symbol of primal beginnings. The neck is characteristically far too long in defiance of the fossil record, and the snaggle-toothed head is more comedic than predatory. Plate 3. Steel-etching. 8 x 6½ inches. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Hutchinson, H. N. Extinct Monsters. London: Chapman & Hall, 1893.

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