Monday, October 5, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Interested in the evolution of ankylosaur tail clubs? Of course you are, and you're in luck. Victoria Arbour's new research is all about it.
Matt Bonnan announces the publication of Pulanesaura, a new sauropod from South Africa dating from the early Jurassic - an important time in the evolutionary history of the clade.Around the Dinoblogosphere
At SV-POW, Matt Wedel deigned to write about a "stinkin' ornithischian."
The Dinosaur Toy Blog reviewed the LEGO Velociraptor.
Trish Arnold trained her wit on Walking With Dinosaurs 3D during a recent live tweet session.
At Laelaps, Brian Switek interviewed paleontologist Robert Gay about his experiences teaching natural history to high school students.
Paleontology field work ain't all glamour and gorgeous badland vistas, Lisa Buckley reports.
At Prehistoric Beast of the Week, journey into the bowels of the AMNH with Chris DiPiazza.
An exceptional fossil mount at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science was profiled recently by Ben Miller.Paleoart Pick
The Saurian team released some animations of their new T. rex design, and it's a stunner.
Read more about the redesign of their tyrant at the Saurian game blog.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
As part of the Mammoth is Mopey crowdfunding campaign, I offered custom illustration commissions as some of the higher perks, and now I've fulfilled them. Two of the backers, Emily Willoughby and Michael Fleischmann, asked for prehistoric subjects, so I figured I'd toss them up here. To check out all four pieces, head to my recent post at the Mammoth is Mopey blog.
First, Emily wanted me to create a new character in the style of Mammoth is Mopey. She wanted a Deinonychus that represented her love of learning. Remembering that I'd once shared a photo of an Eastern Towhee and remarked that it reminded me of one of her beautiful dromaeosaurs, she suggested I try that songbird's coloration.
Michael asked that I stretch out a bit from the Mammoth is Mopey style and only prompted me with the taxon he wanted: the Triassic oddball Longisquama. I loved digging into the paleoecology of the Madygen Formation. Learning that Longisquama lived alongside the enormous titanopteran insect Gigatitan, I had no choice but to include it in some way. Once I sorted that out, having a considerably smaller cupedoid beetle attracting the foreground Longisquama's attention seemed like a good choice.
I'll have another piece of Mesozoic art to share soon, along with some musings about paleoart I've been kicking around in my noggin lately.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
The Big NewsFossil hunter Wendy Sloboda was honored for her years of work with the description of Wendiceratops pinhornensis. While it's always fun to see a new ceratopsian with some new configuration of headgear published, this is especially interesting because it's the earliest known centrosaurine ceratopsid. Read more: Integrative Paleontologists, Laelaps, Royal Ontario Museum.
The publication of a new Cretaceous snake, Tetrapodophis, was met with a mix of delight, surprise, and facepalms. While snakes experimented with a variety of limb configurations during the cretaceous, Tetrapodophis was the first found that reveals four limbs. They're small, and probably more useful for grasping than locomotion, but they're there. Unfortunately, the provenance and legality of the fossil is questionable. I'm going to go ahead and just suggest reading Dr. Shaena Montanari's article for Forbes Science, which explains both the potential significance of the find as well as a good dissection of the ethical and legal concerns.
Around the DinoblogosphereAt Pseudoplocephalus, Victoria Arbour shares pics from her visit to Dinosaurs Unearthed.
Not Mesozoic and I don't care! Gareth Monger's cute Hallucigenia.
Check out Rebecca Groom's life-size Velociraptor plushie!
Speaking of plushies of the prehistoric orientation, check out the Kickstarter campaign by Jungle Plush. The company says they strive "to make our plushies in a way so that any young dino enthusiast can easily identify and learn about their favorite dinosaur, all while having fun at the same time." And it looks like the campaign has funded! There are a few more days to chip in, however.
What can be said about the spinal cords of extinct animals? Liz Martin's got some ideas.
Fernanda Castano has a post specially crafted for all you lovers of paleontology's history: Owen, Dickens, and the Invention of Dinosaurs.
At The Integrative Paleontologists, Andy Farke interviews Mike Keesey about his terrific website, Phylopic.
Dave Hone is publishing a book about tyrannosaurs!
Speaking of the tyrants, Mark Witton cops to a bit of a bias towards them in his art of late...
At Method Quarterly, Laura Bliss writes a nice triptych of interviews, providing an introduction to paleoart for the uninitiated. Read what Doug Henderson, Mark Witton, and Emily Willoughby have to say.