I compiled this list for a friend and thought I would share. Here are a bunch of tumblr blogs related to paleontology, paleoart, dinosaurs, ancient megafauna, etc.

Favorites: Your Daily Fossil - Fragments of Ancient Lives - Lost Beasts - Paleoillustration - The Evolution of Life on Earth - Pterosauria - Prehistoric taxonomie - Fauna (mostly extant animals, but SOOO GOOD)

More: - Ixnay on the Umblr-tay - echoes from the antediluvian - Apsaravis - archosaurs - Nature in Abundance - Reference Dump - Bestiary - Dinofiles - Triassic ∆ Jurassic ∆ Cretaceous - Fuck Yeah, Dinosaur Art! - Fuck Yeah Paleontology! - John Conway’s log of the palaeo and neo varieties - Experiments in Integument - all ornithischians, all the time - Dinosaur Drawing - Prehistoric Birds and other Maniraptor - Prehistory Girl’s Adventures in Prehistoria! - All Things Theropod - Theropodsexual

For fun: - Dinosaurs and other Ancient Reptiles - Dinosaurs and Boobs - Fuck Yeah Jurassic Park - Jurassiraptor - T. rex Trying…

Titanoboa - 2015

My editorial final. We had to redesign a magazine cover. and I chose to do the the 2012 April edition of the Smithsonian. Cause it had a terrible cover so i decided to remake it. So here’s a naturalistic titanoboa doing its thing by lookng sinister. 

twas made digitally. cheers!

Diagnostic anatomical reconstruction of Deinonychus antirrhopus, intended loosely for Wikipedia but also as an experimental piece to show pretty much exactly how I believe this animal looked in life.

This was largely inspired by an interesting Facebook discussion with paleoartist Julius Csotonyi about arm-folding in paravian dinosaurs. It occurred to me that people seldom reconstruct paravians, particularly dromaeosaurs, with their arms folded in a reasonable and accurate way. Julius made the fair point that these animals probably didn’t carry their arms out in front of the body, as is so often depicted (in skeletals and otherwise — it makes sense in skeletals, to adequately show the hand and arm anatomy), because such an awkward orientation would leave the hand and arm feathers open to damage and breakage. But they also can’t fold them tightly against the breast or back like birds do, because they lack the mobility to do so.

So how did Deinonychus normally carry its arms? Senter’s 2006 paper on forelimb function in Deinonychus and Bambiraptor shows that the humerus couldn’t rotate much past the horizontal with respect to the scapula. In addition, Sullivan et al. 2010 — winningly translated to layman coherency by Matt Martyniuk — shows that wrist mobility in many paravians is much less than you might expect, given their similarity to birds. The wrist of Deinonychus antirrhopus specifically would not have allowed it to bend its hands even 90° with respect to the arm!

Given these limitations, most of the flexion would have to occur at the elbow, but a fully flexed elbow would mean that the hands would be hanging below the body, not held sleek and secure alongside the body. The arm orientation in my illustration above is based on what I think is probably the perfect configuration for carrying the arms: a fully-flexed shoulder, a fully-flexed wrist, and a nearly fully-extended elbow. A few other people have drawn their dromaeosaurs with the same arm configuration, like Smnt2000 and Pilsator, so kudos to them.

Illustration based on the papers linked above as well as Scott Hartman’s beautiful skeletal. Gouache on 12” x 20” hot-pressed illustration board.


When your FAVORITE ANIMAL is available AS AN ACTION FIGURE in your FAVORITE COLORS, but you’re an AMERICAN YOUTH so you can’t afford the $35 DOLLARS it costs. 

No seriously give these cuties a look, Creative Beast Studios you are causing me actual pain. <3

Create a Dromaeosaur (link)

My first dollmaker! I put a lot of work into making this! Now I realize it’s large and unweildly, but it’s still functional and fun, and did I mention it has dinosaurs?

Go ahead and drag and drop, then you can screenshot your dromaeosaur, paste it into an image program, save and upload it.

If this gets notes I’ll add more stuff


No Instagram here, kids, this is photographic paleo-art from The Eighties. The photographer, Jane Burton, combined models, cutouts, glass panels, painted backgrounds and different camera tricks to achieve these results.

If you want to know more, take a look at Tricia’s Obligatory Art Blog, and you’ll see that she deserves all the credit for this post. Thank you, Tricia. Also there's this book.