As the summer fades and the leaves start falling, nothing better but to sit and listen to the latest episode of the LITC podcast. Marc, Niels and Natee discuss a favourite from the early 90s: Donna Braginetz’ brilliant Dinosaurium, the dream museum in book form. In a not dissimilar vein, Marc and Niels interview Matt Dempsey, whose musculoskeletal dinosaur reconstructions are a great help to palaeoartists everywhere. Lots of discussions about tyrannosaur legs, ornithischian quadrupedality and recreations of Jurassic Park abound.
What does Peak 90s look like? How can you tell a corn snake from a milk snake? Can a T. rex look too good? Will there ever be justice for Tenontosaurus? All this and more in episode 27.
In the News
- Marc read a paper on the excavation of the Rutland Sea Dragon, a huge Temnodontosaurus. Having gone to Rutland Water, it’s all come a lot closer. The paper can be read here.
- Marc and Niels visited Naturalis, the natural history museum in Leiden. Accounts of our previous visits can be found here, here and here.
- Fujianvenator is a new anchiornithine paravian dinosaur found in the Nanyuan Formation of China. The description paper can be found here. It is generally interpreted as a long-legged wading bird-like creature, but when Natee illustrated it, it took on a different form. Natee talks us through their process.
Vintage Dinosaur Art
Dinosaurium came out in 1993, the Year of the Dinosaur. It was written by Barbara Brenner and was the first kid’s book illustrated by Donna Braginetz.
- Niels’ original review of Dinosaurium is here.
Matt Dempsey is a palaeoartist and PhD student at Liverpool University who studies musculosekeletal anatomy. His technical work, intended to be used as reference for other artists, reflects this. He also makes other kinds of art.