Category Archives: Prehistory

The Light of Eden

Do you remember, if you’re old enough, the beautiful painted illustrations on the covers of fantasy and science fantasy novels in the 1980s? Each would depict a scene capturing both a moment in the story and the essence of the … Continue reading

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A Prehistoric Giant African Weasel

When I was a boy I got interested in the mammals of the world – including a particular affection for the Mustelidae, or weasel family. I guess that’s why it struck a chord when I found out about a large … Continue reading

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When Dinosaurs Ruled Again

Researching Deep Time was an excuse to rewatch the dinosaur films that had captivated me as boy. Through this painstaking scholarly process I discovered that in my memory two of these films had merged into one. That’s not entirely surprising … Continue reading

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Deep Time, Exotic Excursions

This year’s visit to New Caledonia got me musing whether I should change the name of my blog – to signal a broadening of scope that would justify my writing here about my travels. ‘Deep Time, Exotic Excursions’ is what … Continue reading

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In search of the ancient dead – by Nimue Brown

Originally posted on Druid Life:
By ‘ancient dead’ I don’t mean the human ancient dead, who, by planet measurements of time are really quite recent. I grew up on the Jurassic limestone of the Cotswold edge. I guess it started…

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Mesolithic Storytelling Made Graphic

Years ago I saw a storytelling show quite unlike any I’ve seen before or since. In I Become Part of It the Company of Storytellers – Pomme Clayton, Ben Haggarty, Hugh Lupton – attempted to evoke the imaginative world of … Continue reading

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Neanderthal Man and Cro-Magnon Woman

Jacques Malaterre’s Ao, le dernier Néandertal is a 2010 film about the fateful encounter between Neanderthals and modern humans. It’s also, as usual in this genre, a love story – with the usual pattern of gender and race: the man is a … Continue reading

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