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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Giant Book of Dinosaurs – Part 1

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Given that dinosaurs are so notorious in the popular imagination for having grown Very Large far more often than they had any right to, it’s only fitting that so many dinosaur books – especially those aimed at children – have adopted a correspondingly chunky, oversized format. The appeal is obvious, even if it means that the bloody things simply refuse to squeeze under my scanner. The Giant Book of Dinosaurs is around 24.5cm wide and 34.5cm tall – big enough…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaur Lives

Uncategorized Vintage Dinosaur Art

While old dinosaur books are a finite resource, as this blog grinds inexorably on – as years become decades, as countless sentient beings live, die and are consigned to oblivion by the unfeeling laws of an immeasurably vast universe, as my bones weary and ache and my teeth develop irritating, expensive faults – so we are able to increase the scope of our Vintage Dinosaur Art posts. Our sole criterion has always been that the books we cover should be…

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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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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Great Dinosaurs – Part 3

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Last time, I asked you a question: How much Sovák is enough Sovák? Your answer was clearly: no amount of Sovák will satisfy. So yeah, I’m going to go for broke and just show you as much of The Great Dinosaurs as I can get away with. This means I’ve divided the remaining images I want to talk about, most of them concerning ornithischians, into three parts. It also means that, probably for the first time in LITC history, we…

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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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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Ages of the Earth

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Here’s a rather unusual book, so much so that, ever since I aquired it, I’ve been referring to it as “the weird book”. My translated copy is called “De Ontwikkeling der Aarde” (“the development of Earth”) but I believe its original English title to be The Ages of the Earth. It’s a book about geology, one in a 1960’s book series on science, authored by one Michael Dempsey (not the actor, I assume) and one David Larkin. It hails from…

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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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Vintage Dinosaur Media: Dinosaurs! The Multimedia Encyclopedia – Part 2

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I’m going to show you some more of Dinosaurs! The Multimedia Encyclopedia. Since I shared the first part last week, there has been no shortage of you guys telling me about the dinosaur computer progams and games you used to have back when CD-Rom was a thing. Unsurpisingly, there were far more dinosaur-centered computer programs and video games around at that time (1993 – the year of Jurassic Park), many of which might be worth looking into someday… if any…

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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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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Extinct Animals

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I’ve found another very old dinosaur book! This one was released in 1946, and it’s a short but sweet one. The author and illustrator is one Hilary Stebbing, a stalwart of children’s literature of the mid-20th century. It’s rare to find dinosaur art from the 1940’s, a quiet time for palaeontology for obvious reasons, so kudos to Stebbing for getting this book out! I always like to give some biographical information or historical context when reviewing a book like this,…

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