feathered dinosaur

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I am now the proud owner of THE COOLEST custom iPhone 5S phone case that ever existed!

This beautiful case was laser-engraved by Carved.com, which is a quite lovely small business offering a variety of very high-quality real wood phone cases with an option for custom designs. The design is carved on redwood burl wood which has a gorgeous natural grain pattern.

The design is the famous Microraptor holotype, and more specifically is a stylized vector image created by my partner Jonathan (who is also an absolutely amazing dinosaur poet, so click on his gallery and check it out) in Illustrator. It will eventually be used as part of the cover for our upcoming anti-creationism book!

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Tyrannosaurus rex

North America, late evening in the Maastrichtian Age of the Late Cretaceous:

Prey is scarce since the last volcanic eruption, the storm rages on, and the tyrants of Hell Creek are hungry…

[Please don’t use or reproduce without permission, and thanks for viewing!]


Was Tyrannosaurus rex really feathered? Read paleontologist Dr. Dave Hone’s take on the subject here, and Brian Switek’s here.

With a certain major dinosaur-related film approaching, there has been some internet debate on whether or not feathered dinosaurs can be “scary,” or at least intimidating. Read Matthew Martyniuk’s views on feathers and fear, here, and check out Fred Wierum’s image of a rather intimidating feathered Yutyrannus here.

Happy Darwin Day!

Also, you can check out the soundtrack I made for the painting, here.

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My amazing grandma sent me this in the mail today. She stitched the whole thing by hand. Yep, I have pretty much the best grandma in the universe. I’m also pretty sure I’m only person in the entire world, at this given time, with an accurate dromaeosaur tea towel.

(It is two Deinonychus parents with a chick.)

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Velociraptor mongoliensis

[I made a soundtrack for this painting, which can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/oviraptor-space-program/swift-thief ]


Mongolia, late afternoon in the Campanian Age of the Late Cretaceous:

Hunger pangs and hot winds, bleached bones of a half-remembered feast and the faint scent of fresh prey. The swift thief wakes and begins his crepuscular patrol, wary of rivals, nimble and silent between the whispering dunes.

Perhaps down to the arroyo again, where that lizard had lingered too long on the sunny rock near the bank and was pierced by the hunter’s claws, swallowed whole; or towards the oasis where that old, fuzzy mammal had been too slow in returning to its burrow. Or maybe to the Protoceratops nesting grounds – a tasty hatchling would fill his belly nicely – but the place triggers unpleasant memories now: his mate grappling with an aggressive bull ‘ceratops, her feathered forelimb caught in its beak, and her talons lashing into its underside before the dune collapsed and entombed them both, sand too deep to dig through…

Instincts war within, briefly, the urge for nutrients winning out over the incessant drive towards genetic legacy, and the swift thief prowls into Djadochta dusk, moments lost in deep time.

[Please don’t use or reproduce without permission, and thanks for viewing, reading and listening!]

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This absolutely fantastic field bag was created by Angie T of Miskatonic River Valley Leatherworks and was completed just before Christmas. It is entirely hand-made of real leather and is extremely durable.

The design features Microraptor, the famous holotype with feather imprints. I am totally in love with this bag and could not be more pleased! Check out Angie’s blog (linked above) if you’re interested in the process details, or if you’re interested in commissioning a custom field bag for yourself.