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Golden Oldie

This is the first of an occasional series of “golden oldies” posts from LITC 1.0. From time to time, we’ll share beloved pieces from the first home for LITC, with small edits and updates. Niels’ recent posts featuring public dinosaur sculptures brought this one to mind. Enjoy! It’s not what I’d call a centerpiece of the city’s public art, but Bryan Park in Bloomington, Indiana does boast a “dinosaur” sculpture of its very own. And since it’s my own hometown,…

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The Dinosaurs of Artis

Attraction Review Vintage Dinosaur Art

Natura Artis Magistra, or simply Artis, is Amsterdam’s city centre zoo. It was founded back in the 1830s, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world. As such, it’s has a fascinating history: it has many monumental buildings, including the plantearium and the aquarium, it was a haven for refugees during World War Two, and it holds the distinction of being the place where the world’s last quagga lived and died. Our story today takes us back to…

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Oloroceratops: An Animatronic Dinosaur Meme


As readers of this blog should know all too well, palaeoart is a field where copying other people’s work is commonplace. This is especially true if a nonexpert artist has been commissioned to cook something up on the cheap. How many books have been reviewed here whose artwork can be traced back to the old greats? How many lesser artists have we seen who’ve copied the work of originals like Charles Knight, Zdeněk Burian, Robert Bakker, Greg Paul or John…

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