So we all started off somewhere on the road to dinosaur fandom. I started in the 70s, which was sorta this in-between time, with new discoveries starting to be made (Deinonychus, Supersaurus, and Ultrasaurus for example)… But yet no change in scientific opinions that had existed since the earliest days of paleontology had taken hold in the minds of scientists.
The books published for kids at the time reflected this old-school view of “slow and stupid” swamp-dwelling dinosaurs, as did the Saturday morning kids shows.
Here’s a gallery of some of the books I managed to dig up. They’re fossils in their own right!
This is a kids’ book based on the 1975 cartoon series “Valley of the Dinosaurs”
Yes, there was an original TV show. Yes, it was better than the 2009 movie.
I know, his origin has been retconned so many times now that no one knows what Godzilla is anymore. But to a little boy in 1978, he was a magical giant dinosaur who could breathe fire and fought other huge monsters.