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David Orr

Guest Post: Dinosaur Sanctuary review by Tommy Leung

Book Review Guest Post

Today we’re happy to welcome back Tommy Leung, who previously delighted you with their review of My Girlfriend is a T. rex in 2016… which is, somehow, six years ago. Tommy’s blog Parasite of the Day is a blast to read, as long as you can push your ick feelings aside and appreciate the wild diversity of the parasite world. You can do that, surely. Tommy is also part of the wonderful Gallimaufric Science podcast, which you really should listen to.…

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A simple illustration of a toothy green T. rex

Vintage Dinosaur Media | Dinozaury or Dinosaurs: The Age of the Terrible Lizard

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Time for another trip to the educational films of the past, and this one is a doozy! 1970’s Dinosaurs: The Age of the Terrible Lizard is an edited English translation of an animated Polish film called Dinozaury, written and directed by Witold Giersz and Ryszard Slapczynski. It was digitized by IU Libraries and made available to the public via Media Collections Online. It was also featured by Rifftrax (available to subscribers). This edit is only 6 minutes long, but is…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: George Solonevich

Golden Oldie Vintage Dinosaur Art

George Solonevich is one my favorite artists covered at LITC. His work stands out during an era of paleoart that saw so many artists copying Knight and Burian. I’ve long planned to do a “golden oldie” post on him, and today I’m finally marking that off the to-do list. I initially wrote a brief post about him in 2010, which Marc followed up in more fleshed-out form a few years later (part one and two). The bulk of today’s post…

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An illustration of a sauropod skeleton

Vintage Dinosaur Media: Extinction: A Lesson from the Past

Vintage Dinosaur Art

It’s time for another trip down scicomm memory lane, courtesy Indiana University’s media collections online. 1971’s “Extinction: A Lesson from the Past” was written by Elizabeth Werrenrath and produced by her husband Reinald Werrenrath, Jr., a television pioneer and son of a famous opera singer. While Reinald passed away at the grand old age of 104 in 2019, Elizabeth is still with us at 108, and she seems to be a heck of a lady. Teetering on the very edge…

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Dinosaurs in the Wall, a film still

Vintage Dinosaur Media: Dinosaurs in the Wall

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Of late, I’ve been designing a final report for a massive media preservation project at the hallowed institution that keeps the roof above my head, Indiana University. Some of the time I’ve spent scouring our archives for cool visuals has been spent in the online media collection that the initiative established. You can probably imagine my Spielbergian, slack-jawed reaction when on a gloomy December day I stumbled upon… dinosaurs. Produced by KETC out of St. Louis, this is a nice…

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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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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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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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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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The Paleoart Shop Index

Announcements

Inspired by a few people I saw tweeting inquiries about how to find places to buy paleoart online, I’ve started a new project to help the paleoart community reach consumers. Sometimes when I come across tweets from hungry paleoart enthusiasts, I’ll share links to my gift guides, but it struck me that having a master list of paleoart shops would be really useful. My answer is the Paleoart Shop Index, a Google sheet I’m crowdsourcing with the help of the…

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