Apatosaurus louisae illustrated by Emiliano Troco

This Mesozoic Month: July 2020

This Mesozoic Month

Geez, it’s been hot here. But the katydids, crickets, and cicadas have made it more bearable, as has the phenological progression of the seasons which now brings ironweed and goldenrod into bloom. I’ll be wishing for these things in the dead of winter. Also, there’s been a fair amount of paleontology goings-on! So let’s check it out in This Mesozoic Month for July, 2020.

In the News

Around the Dinoblogosphere

Dispatches from Himmapaanland

Follow Natee on Twitter and Instagram for much more, and buy your own piece of Himmapaanland at Redbubble.

The LITC AV Club

YDAW’s Velociraptor Update

Williams via Weissenborn

Beelzebufo the Magnificent

The Empty Wallets Club

  • Face mask featuring a red Dunkleosteus face seen from the front.It’s always a big treat when Scott Elyard has a new piece to share, and his new Dunkleosteus face mask is awesome. Buy it here, see it on Ashley Hall here!
  • Edmontosaurus, Ankylosaurus, and Dakotaraptor pin designs by Andy CruzAndy Cruz, who makes the utterly charming @dinosaurcomics (not to be confused with Dinosaur Comics), is kickstarting a set of Hell Creek dinosaur enamel pins in his signature style. The campaign has funded and is barreling to unlocking the final pin at the time of this writing. Get your own Heck Creek pins at Kickstarter.

Your Moment of Paleoart Zen

Emiliano Troco does not have a web presence equal to the quality of his artwork, so consider this my small attempt to correct that a bit.

I’m always looking for excellent sauropod art to share here, and Troco’s Apatosaurus louisae is one of the best I’ve ever seen, immediately capturing my attention and giving me a sense of what it must have been like to be in the presence of one of these glorious titans. We get the sense of what a world unto themselves the giant sauropods must have been, ecosystem engineers on a massive scale, attended to by hordes of smaller creatures taking advantage of the disturbances they cause in the environment. I love the color scheme, heavy on earthy tones with splashes of bright color here and there, and the cloudy sky. Hard to over-praise this piece.

Apatosaurus louisae illustrated by Emiliano Troco

“The Big Louisae,” © Emiliano Troco, shared here with the artist’s permission.

To see more of Emiliano’s work, please visit his website!

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    Dino Dad Reviews
    August 1, 2020 at 2:19 am

    Thanks for linking to my Jurassic Quest review! Though given the dangerous financial state many museums are currently in, I’d like to direct readers to my recent review of the small-town “Texas Through Time” museum as well! I only managed to post it a few hours after your list went up. I wish I could’ve finished it a few days ago, but my work ethic has become increasingly atrocious as the pandemic drags on. 🙁

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