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Chasmosaurus in the Mountains

Chasmosaurus belli was a ceratopsid dinosaur that roamed the eastern coast of the island continent known as Laramidia about 75 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous of what is now North America.

Laramidia was separated from the eastern half of North America by the waters of the Western Interior Seaway – the American Midwest was full of fish and giant marine reptiles during the time of Chasmosaurus.

This image is somewhat speculative, as this mountainous terrain is not the type where we know Chasmosaurus could be found, but not outside the realm of possibility, either. Imagine, if you will, a large bull chasmosaur on a dangerous journey westward towards new lands…

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Posted by David Orr at 7:40 AM

Welcome to part two of the LITC 2014 Dinosaur Gift Guide! If you missed the first installment, check it out here. the goal with this brief series of posts is to highlight artists and other independent creators of dinosaur goods. Since paleontology depends on the work of artists to reach the public, it’s vital to directly support them when possible. There has never been an easier time to do it, and dinosaur lovers have never had such a wealth of amazing art by so many talented people.

Onward with the second installment. I’ve decided to split this guide off into a trilogy to keep the post lengths reasonable, so the third and final part will be coming Wednesday!




The Paleopost Postcard set, featuring the work of Tiffany Turrill and Brynn Metheney.

Tiffany Turrill and Brynn Metheney are concept artists in the videogame industry, and every single time they share their dinosaur work, it’s the sweetest of sweet treats. Their Paleopost postcard set is a great way to get some of their finest work in one package - saurian and otherwise extinct.


Arthropod Meeting by Glendon Mellow, available from his Redbubble shop as a print or as part of his wonderful 2015 calendar.

Glendon Mellow doesn’t do a lot of dinosaurs, but his utterly unique eye deserves inclusion here, often drawing from prehistory for inspiration in his surreal juxtapositions. His Avimimus, available as an iPhone or Galaxy case would be a great set of training wheels for someone working up the nerve to commission him for one of his striking tattoo designs!


Trikeratos by Scott Elyard, an exploration of cybernetic technology and prehistoric life, available as prints, pillow, tote bag, or tee at Redbubble.

Scott Elyard also has a uniquely unfettered imagination, with a portfolio populated by cybernetic saurians and brightly colored skull portraits.


Lesser Bowertyrant by Raven Amos, available as a print, pillow, or tote bag from Redbubble.

Raven Amos’ work is consistently eye-popping, with bold color choices, stylistic daring, and intricate line work. Raven’s work is available at Neatorama as well as Redbubble. The Neatorama store also includes her Nintendo/Kaiju Mashup series. Her GaMario and Linkzilla are slam dunks.


The mighty Dreadnoughtus, illustrated by Christopher DiPiazza and available as a print from the Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs Zazzle shop.

Christopher DiPiazza has been sharing wonderful watercolor paintings of dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasties for a good long while over at Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs, and you can support him and the blog as an enterprise at their official Zazzle shop. From their heraldic blog logo to feathered maniraptors panoramas, there’s plenty of great stuff to choose from.


The Caffienated Raptor mug, by Emily Willoughby and available from her on-line store.

Emily Willoughby is a shining star in today’s paleoart universe, bringing a naturalism to her feathered maniraptors that perhaps more than anyone other single body of work invites lovers of today’s extant theropods to extend that appreciation to their Mesozoic forebears.

The TetZoo Aisle


The covers of All Yesterdays and Cryptozoologicon: Volume 1, from Irregular Books.

The fellows of the TetZoo/ Irregular Books empire are marvels of productivity, especially considering the high quality of their work. I consider All Yesterdays a must-have for paleoart enthusiasts, both for the sheer volume of beautiful, challenging work inside and for the way it communicates the strong tug-of-war between imagination and inference at the heart of paleontological restoration. Their Cryptozoologicon: Volume 1 applies a similar approach to the existence of cryptids. Darren Naish’s Tetrapod Zoology: Book 1 would round out a nice little book set.

Of course, there are other options available to support their unflagging efforts to educate and inspire natural history enthusiasts. Memo Kosemen sells prints from his DeviantArt account, John Conway sells his from his own site, and Darren Naish sells his designs on tees at Redbubble. The TetZoo Podcast also has its own Redbubble shop.


We’ll wrap up with the third part on Wednesday, which will include even more artwork and books to stuff those stockings with.

Samebito

Image by deviantart user chasmosaur

The samebito comes from a rather different background than many of the yokai proper we’ve showcased here. Rather than originating in picture scrolls written explicitly to create yokai or in folktales incorporated into those scrolls, the samebito is a monster with a literary pedigree. The earliest record of these critters appears in a gesaku, the Edo-period equivalent of a short story. Samebito were brought to the attention of the west by Lacfadio Hearn, who did much to publicize Japanese traditions with his series of books.

I haven’t been able to find a single illustration of a samebito that matches what I’ve got in my head–I see the samebito as looking something like an anthropomorphic goblin shark.

Samebito

An enormous creature stands here, a cross between an ogre and a shark. It clutches a polearm in its clawed hands. A beard of tendrils like an octopus’ arms dangles at the base of its massive jaws, and its nose points far beyond its emerald eyes.

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Posted by David Orr at 10:38 PM And I’m back to wrap up the gift guide, in which I gently exhort you to bestow the gift of paleoart upon your dinosaur-loving friends and relations, It’s a clear win-win in that it supports independent creators who work hard to produce engaging, accurate representations of extinct life and it provides the recipient with a unique and memorable gift. Catch up with parts one and two, if you haven’t seen them yet.




The Tales of Prehistoric Life series of books by Daniel Loxton, published by Kids Can Press.

Daniel Loxton’s three-part Tales of Prehistoric Life series is a great way to fill a young dinosaur hunter’s bookshelf. I’ve given them as a gift to a precocious young paleontologist-in-training, and he was particularly taken by the books’ combination of realistic dinosaurs in a narrative story. I reviewed the books here recently; take a look and see for yourself.


The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi, published by Titan Books.

Julius Csotonyi is a modern master of paleoart, as evidenced by his winning the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize for 2-Dimensional Art three times. He sells prints of his immaculately rendered prehistoric scenes on his on-line store, and was also the subject of this year’s Titan Books publication The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi: Dinosaurs, Saber-tooths, & Beyond.


Pteranodon © Mark Witton, via Flickr.

Mark Witton is another influential figure, perhaps more than any other single artist popularizing the appearance of pterosaurs as informed by modern science. He recently began selling prints, and authored Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy, which was published last year.

The LITC Aisle






Top-to-Bottom: Deinocheirus by Asher Elbein, Lambeosaurus by Niroot Puttapipat, and Buitreraptor by David Orr.

Finally, I’d be a poor capitalist if I did not mention that your intrepid bloggers here at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs have their own wares for sale. I feel very lucky to share LITC with such talent. Asher’s art is available at DeviantArt, Niroot’s is available from DeviantArt and Redbubble, and my designs and illustrations are all at Redbubble.

I’m also supremely delighted to announce…



You can support the blog directly by purchasing official LITC merchandise! The logo is available in pink and black or in all white, both on a wide variety of products. I’ll be rolling out a redesign of the blog soon, but as a sneak peek I’ve created merchandise of the new logo. Proceeds from these sales will help us purchase books and offset possible future expenses related to the hosting of the blog. Not a bad present, just imagine gathering the whole family (however you may define it, of course) for a holiday portrait in red and green LITC tees…


I hope this series has inspired you to support paleoartists and publishers releasing good work. There are so many options for dinosaur toys, videos, models, games, and books. If even a fraction of the people who keep the Big Dinosaur Merchandise Train rolling down the rails patronized artists and small publishers who consistently push out inspiring work, it would be a heck of a lot easier for those creators to keep doing it.

Chasmosaur                              Dinosaur Provincial Park / Alberta, CA

©2008 G.F. Spicka

Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is about a two and a half hours drive southeast of Calgary. 

The badland topography, sculpted by the Red Deer River, is known for being one of the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world.

Posted by David Orr at 3:10 PM Though any time of year is the right time to bestow a saurian gift upon a friend or loved one, this time of year seems to put special focus on gift-giving. I’m not sure why.

In the interest of helping people find unique and inspiring dinosaur gifts, I’ve put together this guide. It’s certainly not meant to be comprehensive, but rather is an attempt help you choose gifts that both delight their recipient and support the forward progress of paleontology. One easy and meaningful way to do that is to support artists who care about how distant chapters of life’s story are presented, and work hard to research their subjects and depict them in novel ways. Also deserving of support are the publishers who commission said artists and dedicated shops who specialize in dinosaurs, such as Everything Dinosaur and Dan’s Dinosaurs. What I especially love about the Dan’s Dinosaurs is that they work directly with artists, so there are a number of links below that lead to their site - if you’re looking to wow someone with original artworks or excellent sculptures, it’s a great place to start.

Andy Farke at the Integrative Paleontologists had a similar post idea, and beat me to the punch. Be sure to read his gift guide over there. Since this was already mostly written up, and there are a few differences, I figured I’d go ahead and post mine, as well. It’s so packed with sweet goodies, I’ll be splitting it in two, with the second half queued up for Monday.




Stenopterygius Palaeoplushie by Rebecca Groom, available at Etsy.

Rebecca Groom’s work has been steadily growing in popularity, and for good reason. She crafts some of the finest plush prehistoric critters I’ve seen (and you don’t have to rely on my opinion - her Velociraptor Kickstarter was a resounding success). Her Palaeoplushies are available in limited supply at her Etsy shop, with a larger range at Dan’s Dinosaurs. Rebecca also designed a heraldic Microraptor that would be welcome in any enthusiast’s wardrobe.


Velociraptor portrait by Angela Connor, available at her Redbubble shop.

Angela Connor has popped up here before when I included her Paleo Portraits series in a Mesozoic Miscellany post. I love the simplicity and charm of the project, putting special focus on the “soul” of the animals, if I may be so woo-woo.


Stegoceras validum by Matt Martyniuk, available as a print from his DeviantArt store.

Matt Martyniuk is no stranger to readers of this blog, as a whip-smart researcher and terrific illustrator. His book projects would be especially inspiring to the paleontology prodigies in your life. His A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs came out in 2012, and this year he released his first Beasts of Antiquity title. Matt also sells prints at his DeviantArt page, my favorites of which reimagine classic natural history illustration styles of the 18th and 19th century with modern knowledge of dinosaurs: as if an Audubon stepped into the Mesozoic.


Tempest Tricera by Sharon Wegner-Larson, available from her Redbubble shop or Etsy.

Sharon Wegner-Larson’s Synapsid Sunrise was one of the delights of our All Yesterdays Contest back in 2013. Her paleo-themed fabric designs such are wonderful (see the full set here), as are her watercolors of sea life and Mesozoic megafauna such as the incredible Triceratops shared above. Her Redbubble shop has two of her pieces, and you can currently purchase pillows, paintings, and prints in her Etsy Store.


Chubbie Anzu by David Krentz, from his Shapeways store.

David Krentz is also a fixture in the online paleo community, a jack-of-all trades who nonetheless seems to be a master of all. He has a Shapeways shop where you can purchase his sculptures (ranging from realistic to the fanciful like the Anzu shared above), and Dan’s Dinosaurs sells his work as well. For the budding paleoartists in your life, the Krentz Presentz: Drawing Tyrannosaurus Rex DVD available from Dan’s Dinosaurs would be an ideal choice. As if that wasn’t enough, David has some really fun designs available on tees in his Redbubble shop.


Oviraptorid tee shirt by Jaime Headden, available from Redbubble.

Jaime Headden’s illustrates intricately stippled skulls and life restorations, and would be perfect for those who admire the simple elegance of skeletal anatomy.


Prairie Moon Corythosaurus (original painting) by Angie Rodrigues, available from Dan’s Dinosaurs.

Angie Rodrigues hasn’t been very active lately, but is one of my perennial favorites. Her originals are featured at Dan’s Dinosaurs, and for those who can’t quite spend that much, she’s got prints available at her own Redbubble shop and DeviantArt, including Triceratops: Autumn Refuge and Fly Away, featuring Iguanodon and Iberomesornis.


Ornithomimosaurs in autumn, available from Chris Masnaghetti’s Society 6 page.

Christian Masnaghetti’s work has impressed me for a while, and he keeps pushing himself stylistically and technically (I love his recent “Spino-potamus”). Purchase his prints at Society 6 and Redbubble. I also interviewed him a couple years ago, so check out more of his stuff there.


Stay tuned for the second half on Monday, which includes much more artwork as well as a number of books to stock the shelves of the dinosaur enthusiasts in your life (surely you know dozens).

Over on his Theropoda blog, Andrea Cau has been watching the trailers for Jurassic World, noting that a lot of the dinosaurs actually look more retro than those in previous entries in the franchise - in fact, they resemble palaeoart of the 1940s-60s. Given the imminent release of said film, it’s surely quite apt that the art in this week’s post is exactly of that bent, and is looking extremely dated nowadays. Of course, the book concerned was published forty-two years ago.

I Know Dino Podcast: Pentaceratops (Episode 15)

I Know Dino Podcast: Pentaceratops (Episode 15)

Episode 15 is all about Pentaceratops, a new ceratopsian dinosaur discovered after gathering dust in a museum in Canada for more than 75 years.

You can listen to our free podcast, with all our episodes, on iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/i-know-dino/id960976813?mt=2

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The dinosaur of the day: Pentaceratops aquilonius
  • Pentaceratops lived 75 million years…

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that post is also unfortunately male and white but thats probably bc of the field of paleontology (as i know it) is dominated by those presences unfortunately, and/or that’s what gets popular on the internet! but i should try and change that with some more research into paleoartists, im looking at niroot puttapipat of Love In the Time of Chasmosaurs rn, and he is very good so. if anyone knows any paleoartists who are women or poc please direct me their way!