Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mesozoic Miscellany 61

Andy Farke, among many others, is concerned about some of the aspects of new US Forest Service regulations on paleontological resources. Public comment closes on Monday; get informed and see how you can help museums and scientists avoid more hassles in doing their work.

Douglas Henderson has announced the publication of Foot Work, Early Drawings from 1977-86, a volume which shares the foundations of his celebrated career. One of Henderson's enduring contributions to paleoart is his devotion to grounding animals in convincing settings, and this is surely the best single place to gain insight into how he has accomplished this.

T. rex scavenger or predator "debate" is still bobbing around. Brian Switek and John Hutchinson have both written about it.

Nasutoceratops has finally been formally described, and based on reaction to my facebook post about it, this is one of those rare new taxa that has the potential to interest the general public. Read more from Dave Hone, Nat Geo, and HuffPo.

Around the Dinoblogosphere
Denver Fowler, who introduced us to the idea of prey-mantling in maniraptorans, has a new blog detailing his work with Horner's Lab, Dinosaur Postcards.

Trish Arnold dug deep into that classic dinosaurian pop song, "Walk the Dinosaur," with all the verve we've come to expect from her.

At DinoGoss, Matt Martyniuk has written about the identity of "Deinodon," including a new illustration in his current style, which evokes the elegance of 19th century natural history monographs.

ART Evolved is winding down the paleoart galleries that have been a big part of the online paleoart community for years, and has offered a deadline extension for those who want to submit to the final tyrannosaur gallery. More details here.

Heinrich Mallison has been documenting the extant theropods at Zoo Berlin at Dinosaurpalaeo, with his most recent post dedicated to the zoo's Asian birds. At the Integrative Paleontologists, Shaena Montanari wrote a piece explaining just how paleontologists go about finding fossils.

Albertonykus has revamped the characters of the Raptormaniacs comic to include recent discoveries. That's dedication!

Ian Garofalo has a new blog, Mesozoic Mullings, and has recently shared his thoughts on All Yesterdays and the movement it is part of in a pair of posts.

Luis Rey visited the Museo del Jurásica de Asturias (you know, the big theropod footprint-shaped one in Spain, that one), providing a tour diary and photos.

Finally, Mark Witton has been writing one killer post after another lately, with his latest detailing his thoughts on the current Golden Age of Paleoart. As you've surely heard, Witton recently had his Pterosaurs volume published, and it's received an enthusiastic thumbs up from none other than James Gurney.

Paleoart Pick
Paul Heaston recently drew this lovingly detailed pencil drawing of Alamosaurus. Click through to bask in its embiggened glory.

Alamosaurus sanjuanensis

Outrageously Off-Topic Indulgence


  1. So excited about that Doug Henderson book.

  2. Wanted to add my own thumbs up to Witton's Pterosaurs. Excellent book!


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