In this long-awaited episode, we cross a big one from our wishlist as Natee, Niels and Marc tackle Verdwenen Werelden, the monumentally ambitious and even more monumentally strange masterpiece of the indomitable Maria Hubrecht. Natee gets a chance to put their art historian hat on once more. The journey off the beaten path continues as Niels interviews Scottish filmmaker and animator David Armsby about his upcoming Dinosauria series, an anthology of short animated films about dinosaurs. Is there a little tribute to our blog hidden in one of Dinosauria‘s features? We also talk about Natee’s Redbubble shop (which is here).
In the News
- Two new sauropods from China have made their entrance. They are Silutitan and Hamititan, from the Early Cretaceous Hami region of Northwestern China. The paper by Xiaolin Wang et al is open access and can be read here.
- News from the Cenozoic: A middle Eocene proto-whale (which is a paraphyletic clade) from Egypt had been described, awesomely named Phiomicetus anubis. It represents a transitional form between the landgoing hoofed quadrupeds from which whales evolved and full-blown filppered swimmers like Basilosaurus. An abstract of the paper by Abdullah Gohar et al can be found here. Thanks to co-author Hesham Sallam for the scoop!
- Our friend and erstwhile podcast guest Natalia Jagielska (together with Steven Brusatte, for it is he) has released their first scientific paper, a primer on the fascinating and diverse pterosaurs (the “p” is not silent). It can be read at open acces here, and will be extremely readable to specialists and laypeople alike.
Vintage Dinosaur Art
Written and illustrated by an eccentric old aristocratic Dutch lady, a relative outsider to both art and science, Verdwenen Werelden stands as perhaps the most stylized and unique example of European palaeoart of the early 20th century. The Chasmosaurs team marvels at Great Aunt Marie’s naïve but worldly style, her busy compositions and her unexpected influences. Might a second life for this forgotten masterpiece be in the cards?
- Here are part one, part two and part three of Niels’ weighty initial review of Verdwenen Werelden from 2020.
- We mention in passing the Dinosaurs of Artis, sculpted by Boudewijn Bollee. Watch this space.
It was almost impossible this month to miss the gorgeous trailer for Dinosauria, the upcoming animated anthology series on YouTube created by David James Armsby. In conversation with Niels, David tells what we can expect from the series. He talks about his love for Ray Harryhausen and Stan Winston, how it was the behind-the-scenes features of Walking With Dinosaurs and The Lord of the Rings, rather than the films themselves, shaped him as a filmmaker, and how he’s begrudgingly made peace with the art of animation. You can find David on YouTube, Facebook and Patreon. Subscribe to his YouTube channel to see the series, and to his Patreon to see his new films early!
Trailer for the Dinosauria series.
Teaser for the first part of the Dinosauria series: “Old Buck”