Friday, July 22, 2011

Mesozoic Miscellany 40

Rounding up another week of activity in the dinosaur blogosphere, it's time for yet another Mesozoic Miscellany.

Shake hands with Acristavus, the new member of the hadrosaurid clan. Brian Switek wrote about it at Dinosaur Tracking; Every Dinosaur and ScienceDaily featured it as well.

New blog alert! From Justin Hall and Mike Habib comes H2VP, focusing on " reconstructing the form and behavior of Mesozoic vertebrates, using comparative anatomy and biomechanics." Welcome, fellows!

Wish Gary of Project Dryptosaurus safe travels, as he's embarking on a cross-country trip to study the Triassic in the scenic wonderland of Arizona.

Reign of the Dinosaurs is no more. Now... it's Dinosaur Revolution, and it's set to premiere in about a month and a half in the US. Visitors to Comic-con in San Diego get an early look, reports Angie Rodrigues, who is one of many talented paleoartists who have worked on the project.

Featured as part of the "Dinos in Pop Culture" series at the Geology P.A.G.E., check out a Spanish museum whose design was inspired by a theropod's footprint.

Dave Hone often features beautiful fossils at Archosaur Musings, and one of the most stunning is this Protoceratops, which appears to have been buried, perishing while struggling to dig itself out.

Poor Richard Owen. Not only are his valuable contributions to science over shadowed by his oppostion to Darwin's theory of natural selection, he'll long be remembered by this ghastly portrait.

In the wake of the Dino Gangs special, Mark Wildman wonders why there seems to be strong a priori opposition to social behavior in tyrannosaurs and other large theropods.

The best thing to come out of Greg Paul's outburst this spring has been Scott Hartman's Skeletal Drawing blog posts looking into the history of skeletal diagrams, the different forms they come in, and the best ways they can be used and improved. This week, Hartman looks at the distinction between accuracy and plausibility in skeletal diagrams, illustrating his point memorably with a break dancing Allosaurus.

Check out the Dudley Bug, featured by Glendon Mellow at Symbiartic. Paleontology plus heraldry makes me giddy!

On Tuesday here at LITC, I looked at the thriving pastime of arguing over interspecies conflicts and proposed some ridiculous pairings I'd love to see illustrated and debated.

Photo by Sharon Wegner-Larson, via Flickr.

Finally, Sharon of Omegafauna shared photos of the museum at the Black Hills Institute, which is a must-see if you're in South Dakota.


  1. And my Kent illustration!

  2. That museum looks amazing. Crammed, and no glass screens - excellent. Oh, and lots of tyrannosaurs, of course!

  3. David - Covered it a few weeks ago!

    Marc - Exactly. Love how packed it looks.

  4. Funny-- I just visited the BHI a week ago and took a whole mess of pictures. An amazing small museum. The Museum of Geology at the nearby School of Mines in Rapid City is amazing as well.


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