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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.]
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.
Despite their monstrous appearances, samebito have the same range of
personalities as humans do—they are as likely to be kindly as they are
to be cruel. These martial giants of the deep seas maintain their own
civilization far below the waves, but most of them find employment as
bodyguards, artisans or elite troops for more powerful oceanic creatures
such as dragons, storm giants and even kraken. They typically approach
humanoids with cautious skepticism, knowing that their monstrous
appearances create problems. A samebito befriended, however, is a fast
and loyal ally.
Samebito are carnivores, hunting whales and other oceanic leviathans
for sustenance. All samebito possess some innate magical skill, which
many of them turn to the creation of magical weapons. The forges of the
samebito, built around abyssal volcanoes, are said to be some of the
most wondrous on the Material Plane. Although it has been said that the
tears of a samebito become pearls and rubies, this is merely a reference
to the vast stores of wealth that these treasures bestow upon the
Let’s do this thing! The gist of the Jurassic World Challenge is pretty simple. Whatever you are spending to see Jurassic World, donate the same amount to a research effort or on the work of an independent paleoartist.
Head over to my post at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs for more details.
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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.
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.