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February 2020

Andrey Belov's Utahceratops battle

This Mesozoic Month: February 2020

This Mesozoic Month

Every month, I round up some of the coolest discoveries, blogging, videos, and other bits of mesozoic-themed fun that recently hit the web. And I always pick an interesting piece of paleoart that crossed my path, no matter when it was created. And that’s how This Mesozoic Month is made. Let’s shut the door on February and prepare ourselves for what March has in store! In the News Stagodontidae is a clade of late Cretaceous metatherians, of which Didelphodon is…

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Image of a number of paleoartist Mary Sanche's work on display.

Paleoartist Interview: Reimagining the Past with Mary Sanche

Interview

There’s no one way to do paleoart. No one is proving that more than Mary Sanche. Based in Drumheller, Alberta, Sanche is a graphic designer for the famed Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. As a science & editorial illustrator, she creates not only paleoart, but work that spans across many different genres. Her work sometimes blends styles and genres together, creating unique works of art that draw audiences in. Her list of publications and exhibitions include Canadian Geographic, the Nature…

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René Fraaije: How to Build a Museum

Interview Museums

Just outside the small town of Boxtel, close to the city of Eindhoven in the South of the Netherlands, lies the Oertijdmuseum, or the Museum of Ancient Time. It’s been on my radar for some time as a destination for all things palaeontological. In 2018, the Oertijdmuseum received national media attention thanks to their acquisition of a Diplodocus skeleton. It is actually a composite of three subadult individuals, collectively named “Kirby”, after their discoverer, Hans-Jakob “Kirby” Siber. The associated information…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Big Book of Dinosaurs – Part 2

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Some more Steve Kirk for you now, why not? You might have noticed that my first post on this book only covered theropods (for reasons that are surely well known by now), so let’s now turn to those pesky Other Dinosaurs. A good place to start would be what appear to have been the cover stars (I lack the dust jacket) – these two hadrosaurs, here. And suitably 1980s-looking they are, too. Prior to the Dino Renaissance, hadrosaurs tended to…

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Guest Post: Paleoart History in Munich

Museums Vintage Dinosaur Art

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Ilja Nieuwland. Inspired by our coverage of the palaeoart exhibition in Haarlem, he wrote in to share his views on a different palaeoart exhibition in Munich. Yes, it turns out there are no less than three palaeoart exhibitions running in Europe this year! Ilja is a cultural historian of science, focusing on the history of palaeontology and geology. In 2019, he published American Dinosaur Abroad: A Cultural History of Carnegie’s Plaster Diplodocus,…

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Cover image of "The Dinosaur Quarry" featuring jurassic dinosaurs and a turtle

Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Dinosaur Quarry and Ernest Untermann

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I recently had the opportunity to wade into Project Gutenberg at work, and as one does I took a few minutes to type “paleontology” into the book search and see what popped up. There were a few titles I had never heard of or never seen in full, one of which being The Dinosaur Quarry by John Good, Theodore White, and Gilbert Stucker. The Vintage Dinosaur Art itch was irresistible! The Dinosaur Quarry contains some interesting pieces by artists who…

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Meet the Dinomakers

Museums Vintage Dinosaur Art

Teylers Museum of Haarlem, the Netherlands, has been featured on the blog before, when Marc gave the place his warm-hearted recommendation. In this age, when so many museums in this country want to be full-on sensory experiences and as a result start to look more and more like theme parks, because heaven forbid the kids should get bored, Teylers increasingly seems like the last museum standing. Even now, the Teylers is a most agreeably old-fashined collection of quietly beautiful halls,…

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