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December 2018

Close up of Hugo Salais' female Pelicanimimus eating a lizard

This Mesozoic Month: December 2018

This Mesozoic Month

Here we are, at the end of 2018. And it’s been a thrilling sprint to the finish, as one game-changing paper after another has dropped. Not only that, we’ve also marked our first full year here at our WordPress digs. It’s been a pleasure to build on what we created at Blogger, and we’re all excited to take LITC to new heights. If you like what we do and want to help us keep growing, consider a pledge at our…

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Matt Celeskey: Picturing the Past

Interview

Despite its importance to outreach, paleoart doesn’t often have a formal place at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting. Still, there have been dedicated people who have organized art shows to coincide with the meeting over the years, and that tradition continued this year with Picturing the Past at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, an exhibition of 85 pieces of contemporary paleoart by artists from around the world on display until January 4. Today, we welcome…

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Brontosaurs

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Great Dinosaurs

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I love pop-up books, and reviewed a load of them over on LITC Mk 1 – ranging from little-known National Geographic efforts illustrated by John Sibbick and Ely Kish, to slightly ropy work from illustrators who were probably just trying to pay the bills. My latest eBay acquisition – Great Dinosaurs – is probably a more comfortable fit in the latter camp, but at least illustrator Dennis Anderson gets to show off some impressive technical skill along the way. Yes,…

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The saurian Ankylosaurus in bold magenta and yellow with an exclamation mark above its head, indicating alarm

What $16,500,000 Buys You

Museums

Kenneth Griffin has been kind to the Field Museum. 2006 saw the opening of the Evolving Planet exhibit, created in part with a $5 million gift from Griffin and his wife, Anne. In 2016, the museum announced a gift of $5.5 million from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund. That $5.5 million bought a lot – a traveling exhibition called Antarctic Dinosaurs as well as educational efforts for a global audience. A year later, the fund bested that gift by…

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