“The Snake-necked Elasmosaurus” by Charles R. Knight appeared in The Life of a Fossil Hunter (1909) by Charles H. Sternberg. Knight, born in 1874 in Brooklyn, New York, was renowned for his paintings of prehistoric
animals. Early artists reconstructed marine reptiles and dinosaurs based on the only animals they knew, living reptiles. Today,
based on detailed studies of their anatomy, scientists know that elasmosaurs could not move their necks as depicted here.