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November 2018

Bauria illustration by Eldar Zakirov

This Mesozoic Month: November 2018

This Mesozoic Month

November! You came and went so fast, it seemed. But you brought us much to chew on, and for that we’re thankful. It’s your eleventh This Mesozoic Month of 2018, and it is stuffed to the max. In the News The passing of Ralph Chapman hit the community hard this month. Our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. Another big, charismatic dinosaur is up for auction [PDF link], and as ever, these companies try to make it look all…

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Cryptic Parasaurolophus

Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! – review

Book Review

Back in August, I received a couple of books from regular reader Herman Diaz (along with some very fetching duck prints), one of which – My Favorite Dinosaurs – I’ve already reviewed as a pair of Vintage Dinosaur Art posts. I must admit, I’ve been putting off this one simply because it’s an awkward sort of age – as it’s from 2005, it’s not quite old enough qualify for Vintage Dinosaur Art (yes, even by my very loose standards), but…

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Dinosaur Gift Guide 2018

The 2018 Dinosaur Gift Guide

Gift Guide

It’s time once again for the Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs holiday gift guide! Every year, we promote independent artists, authors, and small businesses who make quality prehistoric-themed gifts, and I make an effort to include a good mix of familiar and fresh faces. Happy gifting! Books Abby Howard’s Ocean Renegades Following up her beloved Dinosaur Empire, Abby Howard’s Ocean Renegades digs deeper into the fossil record to explore the magic of the Paleozoic era. Buy it here! Dinosaurs:…

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Unnatural Selection cover

Fancy pigeons and Unnatural Selection

Book Review Illustration

Why don’t we see any four-winged feathered dinosaurs, these days? Time was, not so many hundreds of millions of years ago, that various theropods sported quite well-developed vaned feathers not just on their forelimbs, but on their hind limbs as well. The most famous, and perhaps most flamboyant of these animals (that we know of) was Microraptor, a small four-winged dromaeosaur known from fossils that, even given their tiny size by dinosaur standards, are among the most spectacular ever found.…

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Starfish cover detail

Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Starfish Book of Dinosaurs and Early Animals

Vintage Dinosaur Art

There once existed a publisher named Starfish Books, based in the town of Cobham in Surrey, about 34 miles from where I live (driving via the A23/M23 and M25). They appear to have published children’s books (fiction and non-fiction) back in the 1970s, and then disappeared with very little trace. Whatever became of Starfish Books? Why should I care? Well, I must admit that it’s mostly because this book – The Starfish Book of Dinosaurs and Early Animals – doesn’t…

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