This Mesozoic Month: August 2020

This Mesozoic Month

Welcome back to This Mesozoic Month, the roundup of news, blogging, multimedia content, and art related to life of the Mesozoic era. I’ve made the decision that this will be the final edition of the series. These regularly scheduled roundups have been going since December 2016, preceded by less regular Mesozoic Miscellany posts. These simple posts take more time to compile than they might look like, and it’s time I just can’t spare any more. Thank you to everyone who has read them. I hope they’ve been enjoyable and helped you discover a few new things along the way.

In the News

Around the Dinoblogosphere

Dispatches from Himmapaanland

One of the great pleasures of writing these posts has been to pick a selection of art from Natee’s tweets. Of course, you need not rely on me to enjoy their art. I implore you to follow Natee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for much more, and buy your own piece of Himmapaanland at Redbubble.

The Empty Wallets Club

  • Enamel pin design of a T. rex wearing a Sailor Moon style outfitRaven Amos has released a new enamel pin: if you ever wanted to see a T. rex in a schoolgirl outfit, your wish has finally come true. Get your own Sailor Sue!
  • Brown t-shirt featuring a hieroglyphic-style illustration of ancient Egyptians facing off against a SpinosaurusThis new tee from the paleo shirt shop Teelobite is wonderfully clever, and features the up-to-date look of Spinosaurus to boot. Get yours here.

The LITC AV Club

Through Time And Clades Debuts

A Ventriloquist and an Artist Walk into a Bar…

The beloved paleoartist Ray Troll has teamed up with his friend Dave Strassman to create Paleo Nerds, a brand new podcast.


Jen Bauer interviews Tony Martin

Your Final Moments of Paleoart Zen

I already had three months of artists lined up for this monthly art feature when I came to the decision to end it. I think it’s fitting to go out with a splash, so I’m sharing them all at once. It has been so rewarding to find artwork to share here over the years, and I’m happy that I’ve been able to feature a diversity of artists, aesthetics, and animals.

Without intending to, I actually wound up with a theme for this final trio: young artists from around the world. All are students, all are uniquely skilled. It’s incredible when you pause to reflect on how much young talent is in this field. It brings me a sorely-needed shot of optimism.

Full Moon by Júlia d’Oliveira

Júlia d’Oliveira has painted a series of wonderful pterosaur pieces called the “moon series,” each featuring a different phase of the moon in the background. This one may be my favorite; Júlia describes it as “Caiuajaras singing a forgotten song as the moon sets and the sun rises. I love how the full moon looks at the very beginning of mornings, and also how the sand changes its color as the sun goes up.”

Illustration of a Caiuajara, by Júlia d’Oliveira, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. shared here with the artist’s permission.

Follow Júlia at DeviantArt, Twitter, and Instagram.

Nomads by Brennan Stokkermans

This piece featuring the recently described Terminocavus is entrancing. Brennan writes, “This painting is inspired by both the styles of great north American wildlife artist such as Carl Rungius and the plein air works of artist like Edgar Payne.”

Illustration of a pair of Terminocavus by Brennan Stokkermans

“Nomads,” © Brennan Stokkermans, shared here with the artist’s permission.

You can follow Brennan at Artstation, Twitter, Instagram, and purchase his work at Studio 252MYA.

Dilophosaurus trio by Joanna Kobierska

Joanna Kobierska is a 3D artist and animator who came to my attention with her short but very, very sweet Velociraptor animation this spring. Her take on our new-look Dilophosaurus is just as excellent. Be sure to click through to see more of these models.

Illustration of a trio of resting Dilophosaurus wetherilli by Joanna Kobierska

Dilophosaurus wetherilli illustration © Joanna Kobierska, shared here with the artist’s permission.

Follow Joanna at Artstation, DeviantArt, and Twitter.

Well, that will close the book on This Mesozoic Month. Thanks again for reading these roundups over the years! Support Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs by becoming a patron on Patreon and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Reply
    Ananth Kalanje
    August 31, 2020 at 8:44 am

    I will miss Mesozoic Month! Thank you for doing them till now.

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    Matt Celeskey
    August 31, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Sad to see the end of this series – I first learned of so many new and brilliant paleoartists through Mesozoic Month and I always rushed to read it when it showed up in my feed. Thanks for all your efforts in pulling them together over the years!

    • Reply
      David Orr
      August 31, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      That means a lot, Matt. It was a tough decision but I definitely am being pulled in too many directions at the moment!

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    jonathan keay
    September 1, 2020 at 8:48 am

    This is a sad day: I love your round up of all things Mesozoic. However, I understand that it requires a lot of work: I am grateful for all the effort you have put in over the years. Maybe someone else will take the reins?

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    Johan Egerkrans
    September 2, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    This series will be sorely missed! Thanks for keeping it going for as long as you have!

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