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Vintage Dinosaur Art: T. R. & Friends

Vintage Dinosaur Art

There are certain books that you’ll be absolutely certain you’ve seen before, but just can’t quite place where or how. This was just such a book for me. T. R. (Tyrannosaurus rex) & Friends was published in 1988, and would’ve still been hanging around in bookshops when I first got into dinosaurs as a child, only 4 or so years later. When reader Elsie Swann sent over images from TR&F, the distinctive illustrations instantly rang a bell, but I didn’t…

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This Mesozoic Month: October 2018

This Mesozoic Month

October is typically a big month, with both Tetzoocon and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology happening around this time. Add in the opening of the Picturing the Past exhibition of paleoart and we’ve had a huge month in paleontology. Let’s go! In the News First, a bit of sad news: the paleontological community mourns the loss of Junchang Lü, prolific Chinese paleontologist and pterosaur hunter. Read Richard Conniff’s memorial at SciAm. This one squeaked in right at the end of…

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Caihong juji illustrated by Afton Kern

This Mesozoic Month: August 2018

This Mesozoic Month

August has slipped through our fingers, but it brought us an insane amount of treasures wrenched from the unforgiving Earth by hard-working paleontologists, exalted by paleoartists, and eulogized by science journalists and paleobloggers. Hats off, my fossil-smitten friends! There was so much stuff this month (or maybe more of it found its way to me, idk), I split the usual news section up and gave new taxa their own section. In the News The next Jurassic Foundation grant deadline is…

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Visiting the Carnegie Museum of Natural History – Part 2

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In my first post on the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, I covered the Triassic and Jurassic halls of the Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibit. Sorry for the wait for part two! I didn’t intend to be so long! Now we journey to the Cretaceous and beyond, for as we all know by now: dinosaurs aren’t extinct. Our first steps into the Cretaceous give us the chance to greet a themed collection of smaller specimens, as models of Psittacosaurus, Caudipteryx,…

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