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David Orr

The 2020 Dinosaur Gift Guide

Gift Guide

The annual Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs holiday gift guide has returned for its seventh incarnation! If you’re new to the blog, here’s the skinny: every year, I hunt for cool dinosaur-related gift ideas from small businesses and independent creators in an effort to help them reach more eyes and help you find unique presents for the dinosaur lovers in your life. Most of the names below will be making their debut this year, as I made an extra…

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Paleoartist Interview: Mette Aumala


From paleoart to spec evo and biologically plausible fantasy creatures, Mette Aumala’s artwork spans genres and embraces a dizzying diversity of aesthetic approaches. Through all of this diversity, there is a strong through-line, a clear fascination with evolution and a curiosity that seems to demand so many varying approaches to manifest. I’m happy to bring you this interview, in which we discuss her artistic journey and her practice. What are your earliest memories as an enthusiast of prehistoric life? Was…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art Guest Post: Joan Turmelle on “Then and Now”

Guest Post Vintage Dinosaur Art

For today’s guest post, we’re welcoming Joan Turmelle to the blog. Joan is an undergrad alumni from ECU, who majored in Anthropology, and a frequent collaborator with several members of the paleo-community. Recently, she served as moderator for the Dino Nerds For Black Lives event. Give Joan a follow on Twitter! After several years of searching, I had managed to track down Then and Now, a book that I had once owned but gave away without really thinking. Despite knowing…

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This Mesozoic Month: August 2020

This Mesozoic Month

Welcome back to This Mesozoic Month, the roundup of news, blogging, multimedia content, and art related to life of the Mesozoic era. I’ve made the decision that this will be the final edition of the series. These regularly scheduled roundups have been going since December 2016, preceded by less regular Mesozoic Miscellany posts. These simple posts take more time to compile than they might look like, and it’s time I just can’t spare any more. Thank you to everyone who…

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Invertefest: The Paleoart Gallery

Paleoart Gallery

From August 21-23, researchers and admirers of invertebrates celebrated them by flooding Twitter with photos and art under the hashtag #Invertefest. It also resulted in nearly 3,000 observations recorded at iNaturalist. As promised, here’s a collection of paleoart shared on the tag! Please click through to follow and see more from these artists. also reposting this older work #InverteFest #paleoart — Very tired bug (@aldrich_kia) August 20, 2020 It's #InverteFest day 2! Let's celebrate with some invert #paleoart! (I'm…

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Cropped view of an illustrated creek bed in the Permian Bromacker ecosystem of Germany, featuring a paleodictyoperid insect and roachoids.

Invertefest is coming!

Announcements Paleoart Gallery

Invertefest is a periodic event begun on Twitter to celebrate the wonders of invertebrates through photos, videos, and art. Begun by Kelly Brenner, Maureen Berg, and Franz Anthony, the next incarnation of the event will take place on August 21-23, 2020. Franz contacted me because he was interested in getting some paleo-folk involved, so I had the idea to do a special paleo-version of Invertefest here at LITC. After the event closes, on August 23, I’ll compile paleoart shared on…

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Apatosaurus louisae illustrated by Emiliano Troco

This Mesozoic Month: July 2020

This Mesozoic Month

Geez, it’s been hot here. But the katydids, crickets, and cicadas have made it more bearable, as has the phenological progression of the seasons which now brings ironweed and goldenrod into bloom. I’ll be wishing for these things in the dead of winter. Also, there’s been a fair amount of paleontology goings-on! So let’s check it out in This Mesozoic Month for July, 2020. In the News Dilophosaurus is a rather famous dinosaur, thanks to a movie it appeared in…

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Detail image of Bronto the dinosaur

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Bronto the Dinosaur

Golden Oldie Vintage Dinosaur Art

Join me for another Golden Oldie, a look at a post from the primeval days of LITC. Originally posted in 2011, it’s Bronto the Dinosaur, a charming children’s book illustrated by George Wilde. This week in the Vintage Dinosaur Art series, we pay a visit to Bronto the Dinosaur, a storybook published in 1968 by Rand McNally, written by a school teacher and author named Dorothy Thompson Landis. These illustrations are the work of prolific children’s book illustrator George Wilde.…

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The 2019 Survey of Paleoartists

The Second Survey of Paleoartists: Results


It’s finally here! The results of the second Survey of Paleoartists have been published. As you may recall, the survey was held in 2019, from the beginning of March until the end of July. This time around, Pablo Lara Herrera headed up a parallel survey focused on a Spanish-speaking audience, bringing in an additional 38 respondents. I’m grateful to Pablo for helping to get this survey in front of more eyes! We ended up bringing the total to 648, which…

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A close-up detail of the head of Sean Closson's Zuul crurivastator illustration

This Mesozoic Month: June 2020

This Mesozoic Month

Halfway through 2020, and it’s time for another This Mesozoic Month roundup of news, writing, art, and merch. I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude to all of the museum workers who have been so hard hit as this pandemic and its attendant financial crisis continue. Museums are basically a house of worship for me, and the work you all do matters so much. My deepest hope is that the pandemic will be brought to an end…

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