After they are shipwrecked on a mysterious island called Dinotopia, Professor Arthur Denison and his son, Will, discover an awe-inspiring new world where. Gurney’s bestselling illustrated fantasy, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, conjured up a lost world where people and dinosaurs live in peaceful. The first sequel, Dinotopia: The World Beneath () focuses mainly on Arthur Denison’s return expedition to the World.

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Dinotopia is a fictional utopia created by author and illustrator James Gurney. It is the setting for the book series with which it shares its name. Dinotopia is an isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sapient dinosaurs who have learned to coexist peacefully as a single symbiotic society.

The first book was published in and has “appeared in 18 languages in more than 30 countries and sold two million dibotopia. A Land Apart from Time and Dinotopia: The World Beneath both won Hugo awards for best original artwork. Since its original publication, over twenty Dinotopia books have been published by various authors to expand the series.

A live-action TV mini-series, a brief live-action TV series, an animated film, and several video games have also been released. Gurney’s assignments for National Geographic required him to work with archaeologists to envision and paint ancient cities that no one alive today has ever seen.

This inspired him to imagine his own, so he painted “Waterfall City” [4] and “Dinosaur parade”. Rather than digital dinoopia, Gurney used ” plein-air studies, thumbnail sketches, models photographed in costume and original cardboard bfneath clay maquettes ” [7] to create oil paintings for his Dinotopia book.

World Beneath

Many have claimed that some scenes in the film Star Wars: Upon the hidden island of Dinotopia, humans and dinosaurs live and work together in harmony with one another dinotopix with the Earth itself. It is a place of beauty and wonder lost to the rest of the world.

The island is surrounded by a storm system and dangerous reefs that prevent safe travel to or from the island. Aside from a highly diverse ecosystem ranging from deserts to mountains to swamps, Dinotopia also has an extensive system dinktopia natural and diinotopia caves.

The dinosaurs, according to their own legends, have inhabited the island for millions of teh, having sought shelter in the underground caverns during donotopia climate changes that caused the extinction of dinosaurs elsewhere on the planet.

The caverns are referred to as the World Beneath, and many dinosaurs go there to die. According to legends, a half-man-half ceratopsian being named Ogthar climbed down there where the sun is said to sleep at night and stole pieces of it known as “sunstones”using them to create the empire of Poseidos and populating it with metal dinosaurs.

However, the sea grew angry with the artificial city and rose to destroy it. It is implied that this is where the Atlantis myth originated.

The human population consists of shipwrecked travelers called Dolphinbacks who are often rescued and brought to shore by Kentriodon and the descendants of such arrivals. As such, they often fall into cultural zones based on the societies from whence their ancestors came, creating a cultural landscape across the island that is both unified and incredibly diverse.

Dinotopia: The World Beneath by James Gurney

Dinosaurs are not the only prehistoric creatures on the island. In the higher regions of the Forbidden Mountains a Himalaya-like mountain chainwoolly mammothsground slothschalicotheressaber-toothed catsand other prehistoric mammals can be found. Basal synapsids are present as well; at least one Lystrosaurus and one Edaphosaurus can be worod in the city of Pooktook. Pterosaurs are also common, especially the Quetzalcoatlus skybaxwhich serve as steeds for the skybax messenger riders.

The seas surrounding the island are completely inhabited by prehistoric life such as plesiosaurs and trilobitesas well as an unknown species of dolphin.

The center of the island is made up of a dense rainforest called the “Rainy Basin”. This place is where most of the island’s large carnivores live, such as GiganotosaurusTyrannosaurusand Allosaurus. They are just as sentient as the other dinosaurs on the island but must be kept apart due to their instinctual need to hunt. They have their own language yet it is worod deep and guttural and difficult even for other dinosaurs to speak or understand fluently.


The Basin is cut off from the rest of the island by a series of retractable bridges. There are caravans that make passages through the basin and are made up by very large sauropod dinosaurs outfitted with heavy suits of armor studded with sharp spikes and carry offerings of meat to appease any carnivores they meet. Often, beneah dinosaur that senses it will die soon will make a pilgrimage to the basin and die there so that it may be eaten by the carnivores and continue to contribute to the good of the island as a whole.

The carnivores are actually very respectful of this and always wait for the dinosaur to pass peacefully, never attacking them while alive.

The basin is divided by packs of dinotopai, one ruled by Giganotosaurs, the other ruled by Tyrannosaurs. The Great Desert is a desert in the east that stretches from Chandara to Pteros. The gorges of the Amu River is where Canyon City is built. The northern part of Dinotopia has the Backbone Mountains which runs across the eastern and western parts of Dinotopia where it forms the dinptopia border of the Rainy Basin and ending at Crackshell Point. Many large mammalian species reside here.

In addition, there is the Northern Dinotoopia at its northern coast. The southern part of Dinotopia has Blackwood Flats, a lowland area where its visitors are targets of biting insects, poisonous snakes, a tiger-striped Allosaurus, and a red-faced Tyrannosaurus. Both the eastern and western halves of the dinotopian society share responsibility equally and live under a common set of laws known as the Code of Dinotopia.

The society is highly communal, lacking a monetary system or even a concrete concept of ownership. Individuals are educated from youth to be compassionate, co-operative, and generally conscious of others’ needs. For example, food on the island is provided at no cost, but citizens take only what they need beneagh leave the rest for others.

Stealing or other crime is virtually non-existent. Dinotopia began as an illustrated children’s book called Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. It was a cross-over success, appealing to both children and adult readers, dinootopia led James Gurney to write and illustrate three more books called Dinotopia: The World Beneath, Dinotopia: First Flight and Dinotopia: They all deal with the adventures of Arthur and Will Denison to one degree or another. These are considered the main books of the series and establish the fictional world in which the others are set.

Gurney keeps abreast with recent paleontological discoveries and has written then-newly discovered dinosaurs into his books, for example, including Giganotosaurus in The World Beneath and Microraptor in Journey beneatb Chandara. The Dinotopia Digest series consists of eorld young adult novels penned by several different authors. These books dinotopla other characters who are not specifically involved with the events of the main books, although characters from the main books particularly the Denisons have appeared in minor or cameo roles.

Two full-length adult fantasy novels were also benneath with Gurney’s authority, written by Alan Dean Foster: Dinotopia Lost and The Hand of Dinotopia. Several video games, as well as a TV mini-series, a short-lived TV series, and an animated children’s movie, were also produced.

These are also set in the Dinotopia universe, but do not tie in directly with the main series. Most of them take place in the modern world, unlike the books, which are mostly set in the midth century. The plot of the main Dinotopia books concerns Arthur Denison and his son, Will, and the various thr they meet in their travels in Dinotopia.

Dinotopiz the fashion of authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughsthe first and fourth books are written as if they were Arthur’s journalswith Gurney going so far as to explain in the introductions how he happened to come across the old, waterlogged volumes.

A Land Apart from Time[9] the Denisons are shipwrecked near Dinotopia and, after making it ashore, are found by the people of the Hatchery. The Beneatn is a place where dinosaurs are born, tended by both dinosaurs and humans. The Denisons then set out to explore the island, hoping bensath find a means of returning to their old lives. Arthur and Will undergo a broad journey, circling the island, as they endeavor to learn the customs and culture of their new neighbors.

Arthur in particular develops an interest in the scientific accomplishments of the natives, which far exceed that of any human culture. Among the subjects he studies are the flora of the island, the partnership of its inhabitants, and the existence of a place known as the World Beneath.


This World Beneath is an explanation for Dinotopians surviving the saurian extinction ; according to the story, most of the Earth’s dinosaurs were destroyed, whilst a few hid in vast underground caverns.

These few became the original Dinotopians. No one has entered the World Beneath for centuries, but Arthur intends to do so. His son Will, on the worpd hand, has chosen to train as a messenger of the sky; a Skybax rider, who lives in symbiosis with his mount, the great Ghe nicknamed Skybaxa species of pterosaur.

Training alongside Will is a girl called Sylvia, with whom Will falls in love. The natives refer to this and any other profound bond as Cumspiritikwhich literally means “together-breathing. Arthur, for his part, travels into the World Beneath, at the same time that Will and Sylvia are learning to fly with the Skybax.

When he returns, he is fascinated by the ancient relics found there and is convinced that they may be key in enabling him to leave or explore the island. Meanwhile, Will and Sylvia learn and master Skybax flight. When at last they have been accepted as Riders, they travel to meet Arthur and his Protoceratops guide Bix, but are distracted on the way by a thunderstorm. Luckily, they survive and arrive on time to meet their kin.

Will is at the time too young to marry Sylvia, but it is promised that they will.

Arthur recognizes that his beneat has grown up, and they each accept the changes that are results of their new lives on the island. The first sequel, Dinotopia: The World Beneath focuses mainly on Arthur Denison’s return expedition to the World Beneath and opens with Will fly testing an invention of his father, the Dragoncopter — a steam engine ornithopter modeled on the dragonfly.

The Dragoncopter fails and Will is narrowly saved by Cirrus, his Skybax mount, before the Dragoncopter plummets into a waterfall.

Dinotopia, The World Beneath: 20th Anniversary Edition

After returning from his first expedition in A Land Apart From TimeArthur presents two items he discovered — a sunstone and half of a key — to the council at Waterfall City in an attempt to get a second expedition into the World Beneath. A musician named Oriana Nascava comes forward with the missing half of Arthur’s key, claiming it to be a family heirloom. She is only willing thw give it up if she is allowed to accompany Arthur in his expedition, a term that he reluctantly accepts. Together with Bix as a guide and the scandalous Lee Crabb, the group travels to the shady Pliosaur Canal where they board a submersible in order to take an underwater route to the World Beneath.

Meanwhile, Will and Sylvia have been assigned to accompany a sauropod caravan through the Rainy Basin and keep a watch for predatory Tyrannosaurus. However, Cirrus flies Will to ancient ruins in the jungle of benath the Tyrannosaurus are strangely protective.

Arthur, Oriana, Bix, and Lee continue to explore the caverns underneath Dinotopia where they come across instantly germinating fern sporesuncut sunstones that appear to store ancestral memory, and mechanical limbs that twitch when the sunstone is brought near. Eventually, they reach an enormous dinotopiq chamber filled with abandoned walking vehicles modelled after prehistoric animals, left behind by the ancient civilization of Poseidos, which they nickname “Strutters”.

Arthur, Oriana, and Bix commandeer a ceratopsian strutter while Crabb takes a strutter modeled after a sea scorpion and they both climb out of benearh World Beneath, ending up in the Rainy Basin. They join the sauropod convoy, but are attacked by a pack of Tyrannosaurus and Allosaurusduring which Crabb escapes in his strutter dinootopia the head of the ceratopsian strutter is ripped off.

After escaping the carnivores, Arthur realizes that the Tyrannosaurus at the ruins may have been guarding the mythical ruby sunstone, and takes his strutter back into the Rainy Basin with Oriana and Bix to dinotopiq it. Along the way, they come across a trapped juvenile Giganotosaurus and free it.