Podcast Show Notes: Episode 29 – Life On Our Planet and Emily Stepp

Podcast Show Notes

Niels, Natee and Marc look forward to TetZooCon, chat about recent museum visits, and continue to shamelessly plug the new merchandise designed by The Founder, David Orr. Then, in lieu of Vintage Dinosaur Art, they – and special guest Agata Stachowiak – discuss the Netflix series Life On Our Planet, in which Morgan Freeman gravels his way through an intriguing mix of modern-day wildlife footage and CGI recreations of creatures from Deep Time. Finally, Niels and Marc discuss unlikely hybrids, how our preconceived notions of certain dinosaurs can deceive us, who should be receiving many more museum commissions, and much more besides with the absurdly prolific artist Emily Stepp.

In the News

  • TetZooCon is coming, TetZooCon is coming, TetZooCon is coming. ‘Tis the season, always the Naish thing. We’ll all be there.
  • Buy our tat.
  • Visit the Lapworth Museum of Geology, should you happen to ever find yourself in the Birmingham area, in which case you’ll probably need cheering up. It’s free!
  • Also visit the Natural History Museum (London)’s temporary exhibition, Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur. But hurry up.
  • Life on Our Planet, available to stream from Netflix. The Guardian review by Jack Seale. (Yes, this text was recycled from the last episode’s show notes.)

Life on Our Planet

It’s on Netflix, created by Silverback Films in association with Amblin Entertainment and in partnership with Industrial Light and Magic. Morgan Freeman narrates. The CGI creatures are a mixed bag but the footage of modern animals is often quite spectacular. We impart our thoughts and Agata chips in too, why not. Here are some images from Silverback Films’ website.

Life On Our Planet Smilodon


Dunkleosteus Life On Our Planet

Uncle Dunk, he’s a chunk



Life On Our Planet Tyrannosaurus

That big coelurosaur that’s in all the films


Niels and Marc chat with Emily Stepp, an artist very much straddling the words of palaeo-pop culture and ‘serious’ palaeoart, just as at home producing depictions (and variations) of dinosaurs from films and videogames as producing more naturalistic works, and sometimes blending the two. Her ‘DNA variants’ of JP creatures have proven very popular on social media, but it’s her ‘Memory vs Referenced’ pieces that offer the most interesting insight into how our own biases and exposure to palaeoart tropes affect how we imagine certain dinosaurs. Check out her ArtStation page for much, much, much….much more (there’s a DeviantArt page and slightly outdated website, too).

Memory vs Reference Giganotosaurus by Emily Stepp

Giganotosaurus – from memory vs referenced

JP junior rex DNA variants by Emily Stepp

The Lost World junior rex DNA variants

Edmontosaurus in Charles Knight style by Emily Stepp

Edmontosaurus study based on Charles Knight

Gallimimus horror

Horror Gallimimus


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