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Dispatches from Himmapaanland: Dakota

Dispatches from Himmapaanland Illustration Museums

Dakota the Edmontosaurus dinomummy returns to public view in a new exhibition by the North Dakota Geological Survey’s Paleontology division, which opened just over a week ago on October 16th at the North Dakota Heritage Centre. Specifically, Dakota’s exquisitely preserved right hand and tail are currently on display. I’m sincerely honoured (and more than a little struck by Imposter Syndrome) to have been commissioned for an illustration for the exhibit; my first in a museum.…

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Witton Triceratops

The Palaeoartist’s Handbook – Marc’s review

Book Review

So, do you think you can palaeoart? As a reader of this blog, it’s quite likely that you’ve had a pop at restoring a prehistoric animal on paper (or, these days, on a screen – damn kids) at some point in your life. Even if it was just a silly doodle in order to enter one of our superb competitions. But if you want to get serious about your palaeoart, there’s an awful lot to consider – both scientific details…

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Pappochelys by Brian Engh - crop

Pappochelys: Cancer in Deep Time

Illustration Interview

So, what’s noted palaeoartist Brian Engh been up to lately? Well, last Thursday (February 7) JAMA Oncology published Triassic Cancer – Osteosarcoma in a 240-Million-Year-Old Stem Turtle (link) by Haridy, Witzmann, Asbach et al. The paper documents the presence of a malignant tumour present on the femur of a Triassic stem-turtle, Pappochelys rosinae. Although the specimen resides in the collections of the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde in Stuttgart, it underwent analysis at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, where lead author…

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A screencap from a paleoart lesson plan from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Paleoartists: Bringing Dinosaurs to Life


As I was poking around the web recently, I happened across a pretty wonderful lesson plan, Paleoartists: Bringing Dinosaurs to Life, designed by The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis, using study of paleoart as an entry into paleontology. Michael Skrepnick’s work is a key component of TCM’s Dinosphere exhibit, translating their lively fossil mounts into large-scale paintings. The first lesson in the plan uses his depiction of T. rex and Triceratops as a way to learn about both the paleo-artistic process and how art changes with science. “After…

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