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Screencap of Sharp Teeth by David James Armsby depicting a purple gorgosaurus

This Mesozoic Month: January 2019

This Mesozoic Month

Move it on out, January! Those of us in the Midwestern US are returning to life after a polar vortex, and I emerge from this bracing blast of cold with a gift basket overflowing with paleontological goodies. First, though, a brief announcement for those of you involved in matters paleoartistical: the Survey of Paleoartists will be returning soon! Building on 2017’s survey, I hope to continue gathering useful data about the field so we can figure out exactly where it’s…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: T. R. & Friends

Vintage Dinosaur Art

There are certain books that you’ll be absolutely certain you’ve seen before, but just can’t quite place where or how. This was just such a book for me. T. R. (Tyrannosaurus rex) & Friends was published in 1988, and would’ve still been hanging around in bookshops when I first got into dinosaurs as a child, only 4 or so years later. When reader Elsie Swann sent over images from TR&F, the distinctive illustrations instantly rang a bell, but I didn’t…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Digging for Dinosaurs

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Welcome back, at long last, to the wonderful world of vintage dinosaur books authored by Professor William Elgin Swinton, typically credited as simply W. E. Swinton. A Scottish palaeontologist who had a berth at the London NHM before moving to Canada, Swinton is probably best known among palaeoart aficionados for writing an official NHM book on dinosaurs, featuring Neave Parker artwork, that was reprinted again and again – long after the science in it had been rendered completely obsolete. I…

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