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Interview: Designing Mesozoic Beasts with David Silva

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Ever bought a dinosaur toy but were super bummed it looked nothing like the scientific reconstructions? Are you done with pronated hands on commercial theropod figures? Have you had it with that Papo T. rex plastered everywhere on the Internet? Well, have we got a toy designer for you. Based in New Jersey, David Silva is a toy designer and founder of Creative Beast Studio. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, he has spent almost two decades…

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Interview: Your Dinosaurs Are Wrong

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If you’re a dinosaur fan on social media, you might have stumbled upon Your Dinosaurs Are Wrong, a long-running, brilliant educational YouTube series in which dinosaur enthousiast Steven Bellettini reviews toy dinosaurs and judges their scientific accuracy. One of the real joys of watching the show is seeing Steven’s animations, in which the toy dinosaur gradually transforms into a much more scientifically informed version of itself. After a long hiatus, during which the longtime home of the show, the National…

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Paleoartist Interview: The Polygonal Prehistory of Kuzim

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When I first spotted the art of Kuzim on Twitter, I was immediately struck by his unique style. “Low poly” is an art style that deliberately invokes the asthetics of early 3D video games. The recent revival of this style has, so far, mostly been the domain of indie video games, but Kuzim has taken this quirky flavour to the prehistoric realm. The bold colour schemes, the dynamic compositions and the deceptive simplicity make him a unique voice among the…

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Image of a number of paleoartist Mary Sanche's work on display.

Paleoartist Interview: Reimagining the Past with Mary Sanche

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There’s no one way to do paleoart. No one is proving that more than Mary Sanche. Based in Drumheller, Alberta, Sanche is a graphic designer for the famed Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. As a science & editorial illustrator, she creates not only paleoart, but work that spans across many different genres. Her work sometimes blends styles and genres together, creating unique works of art that draw audiences in. Her list of publications and exhibitions include Canadian Geographic, the Nature…

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René Fraaije: How to Build a Museum

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Just outside the small town of Boxtel, close to the city of Eindhoven in the South of the Netherlands, lies the Oertijdmuseum, or the Museum of Ancient Time. It’s been on my radar for some time as a destination for all things palaeontological. In 2018, the Oertijdmuseum received national media attention thanks to their acquisition of a Diplodocus skeleton. It is actually a composite of three subadult individuals, collectively named “Kirby”, after their discoverer, Hans-Jakob “Kirby” Siber. The associated information…

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Paleoart by Liam Elward

Liam Elward: Of Proboscideans and Paleo Memes

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In the Windy City, there are extinct creatures being brought back to life…sort of. Liam Elward is an aspiring paleoartist from Chicago, Illinois. His portfolio ranges a whole manner of extinct lineages and geologic periods, from the Carboniferous edaphosaurids to Cenozoic megafauna like early cetaceans and proboscideans. His work has been lauded by paleontologists and fellow paleoartists alike, including: Jim Kirkland, Darren Naish, Keenan Taylor, and Jaime Headden. Elward is currently pursuing an education in art, and in his spare…

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Matt Celeskey: Picturing the Past

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Despite its importance to outreach, paleoart doesn’t often have a formal place at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting. Still, there have been dedicated people who have organized art shows to coincide with the meeting over the years, and that tradition continued this year with Picturing the Past at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, an exhibition of 85 pieces of contemporary paleoart by artists from around the world on display until January 4. Today, we welcome…

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