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Podcast Show Notes: Episode 3

Podcast Show Notes

Welcome to the Spinosaurus Special! As the world reels from the shocking revelations on a certain über-poplar long-snouted theropod, put forth in the laterst paper bt Dr. Thomas Holtz and Dr. Dave Hone, we decided that our third episode should come out early and be all about Spinosaurus! Natee, Marc, Nick and Niels discuss their favourite Spinosaurus reconstructions throughout history, and Marc interviews Dr. Dave Hone on the paper, which appeared on January 7 2021 in Palaeo Electronica. Here’s a…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Great Dinosaurs – Part 5

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Gather round everyone, it’s time for the fifth and final look we’re having at the fabulous book of The Great Dinosaurs, the swan song of the great Zdeněk Špinar, who died shortly after publishing this book, and the artistic masterpiece of his fellow Czech Jan Sovák. Here are part one, part two, part three and part four, if you’ve missed them. There’s been a healthy number of comments and discussions under each of these so let’s see if we can…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Great Dinosaurs – Part 4

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Hello again! It’s been a while, but our deep submersion into Jan Sovák’s artwork as it appears in The Great Dinosaurs continues today! For those who missed it, we’ve already looked at the theropods, sauropods and ornithopods featured in this massive book. That beings us to the ceratopsians! This isn’t the first time we’re doing a ceratopsian-centered article at LITC, so I’m sure we’re all comfortable with them. Let’s pick up where we left off! Here’s a herd of Pachyrhinosaurus…

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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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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Great Dinosaurs – Part 2

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Last time, as we took our first look at the treasure trove of unique palaeoart that is The Great Dinosaurs, a lot of people seemed blindsided by just how good Jan Sovák’s art is. Although there are plenty of 90s tropes to go around, there is definitely something timeless about Sovák’s style that sets him apart from the trends of the day. His work just has an artistic flair that is distinct from the hyperreal dioramas of Sibbick, Paul, Robinson…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Great Dinosaurs – Part 1

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I can’t believe my luck: in the ten years LITC has been running, nobody has ever talked about what might be my favourite dinosaur book of all time! Get ready, everybody, this is gonna be a treat. The Great Dinosaurs was originally published in 1994 and translated for my neck of the woods in 1998, under the simple name Dinosauriërs. I got this gem of a book around the tail end of my childhood dinosaur obsession in the late nineties,…

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