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December 2020

Love in the Time of Centrosaurs?

Paleoart Gallery

Happy New Year! Here’s one last paleoart piece for 2020, Centrosaurus Canyon. I’ve had this slowly gestating for a while and finally wrapped it up this month. Any piece that takes long enough ends up being reworked from the ground up a few times, and this one evolved considerably. The concept is a bull Centrosaurus roaming the uplands of Late Cretaceous Canada. I really wanted to infuse it with a sense of serenity, and for me, that means a well-fed…

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Europasaurus: Life on Jurassic Islands – Review

Book Review

It’s certainly been a rough old year, and over here amid the dismal lorry-strewn wastes of Plague Island, things seem to only go from bad to worse. So, a chance to escape to sunnier, more prehistoric climes is definitely welcome. As luck would have it, here comes Europasaurus: Life on Jurassic Islands (or Urzeitinseln voller Leben), a book that so perfectly visualises the tropical archipelagos of Late Jurassic Germany, so gorgeously immerses the reader in a long-lost world devoid of…

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TetZooMCon 2020

Conference

Welcome to TetZooMCon! It’s like TetZooCon, but with more Zoom. For six years, between 2014 and 2019, there has been a TetZooCon gathering in London every year, and for six years, your LITC team was there to report on it. But 2020 is not a normal year, and it was obvious that an in-person gathering wasn’t going to happen. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of Darren Naish, John Conway and Sharon Hill, on december 12 we could all attend…

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Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: The Podcast!

Announcements

It’s always nice to see a long-gestating dream come to fruition, and today we’re excited to release the first episode of Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: The Podcast! Our first episode features Niels, Marc, and Natee discussing a few recent paleontology news items and discussing a classic Vintage Dinosaur Art title. Niels also interviews Joschua Knüppe about his brand new graphic novel, Europasaurus. I’m not on this episode but hope to join in the fun in future installments (though…

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Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: The Podcast promotional graphic featuring a chasmosaurus skull with a microphone

Podcast Show Notes: Episode 1

Podcast Show Notes

Introducing Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: The Podcast! In the first episode, Natee Himmapaan, Marc Vincent and Niels Hazeborg discuss the dinosaur news, admire a well known book full of Vintage Dinosaur Art, and interview palaeoartist Joschua Knüppe on his new book. On this blog post, you can find links to the relevant news articles, all the images we discuss, and links to the work of our interviewed artist.  In the News TetZooMCon happened on 12 december 2020.…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaur Lives

Uncategorized Vintage Dinosaur Art

While old dinosaur books are a finite resource, as this blog grinds inexorably on – as years become decades, as countless sentient beings live, die and are consigned to oblivion by the unfeeling laws of an immeasurably vast universe, as my bones weary and ache and my teeth develop irritating, expensive faults – so we are able to increase the scope of our Vintage Dinosaur Art posts. Our sole criterion has always been that the books we cover should be…

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My Paleoart Year

Paleoart Gallery

2020’s been a weird one, but I have managed to create some paleoart. I don’t write much about my own work, so I thought it would be fun to round up what I’ve been up to in this post. Hope you enjoy! First up is my newest one. I was very excited to see this one hit the web this week. It is the initial design in Studio 252mya’s Paleo Parks poster series. I chose to do the Kaiparowits Formation.…

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The Land Before Time: A Look Back

Film review

December always puts me in the mood for nostalgia. With it being cold and damp out and whatever’s left of the holidays promising a particularly miserable time this year, all I want is to cosy up on the couch with a hot cocoa and a childhood movie. As this difficult year draws to a close, I think it’s time to finally talk about the ultimate childhood dinosaur movie. After all, it still counts as Vintage Dinosaur Art, doesn’t it? (this…

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A pair of Cryodrakon pterosaurs flying high, with their shadows cast on a cloud

Paleoartist Interview: Rebecca Dart

Interview

For the last few years, Rebecca Dart has been blowing the minds of her social media followers with her dynamic and atmospheric paleoart, and her #DrawDinovember output is legendary. More than any other artist, her body of paleoart feels uniquely suited to social media. As you scroll through her feed, the rounded square framing device she uses evokes the feeling of using a Viewmaster, seeing single frames selected from moving worlds that existed before we looked, persisting after. A veteran…

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