The surprising evolution of dinosaur drawings | The Atlantic

Two theropod dinosaurs with unrealistic iguana like physiology fighting
Two Dryptosaurus (at time Laelaps) fighting in an incredibly famous image from Charles R. Knight, 1897

From ensuring the animals we may soon lose are well documented, to attempting to document those that have already been lost. It should be no surprise by now that I am a huge fan of the field of palaeoart and love both the finished pieces and the processes that go into their creation. There's something incredibly interesting about decoding the past and trying to set it to understandable visuals which I just love.

Stumbling on to an article taking a deep dive into the history of the field, then, was a fascinating read which has been put together very nicely. It's great to see books I find particularly influential, such as All Yesterday's, as well as their author's (and respective blogs) being linked to and discussed on such a main-stream website as The Atlantic. It would also appear that some new books on the subject may be coming out soon, which is great news. An article I will want to come back to from time-to-time, if for no more reason than to explore all the linked resources. Top work.

Note: this was originally part of a full article titled "Spiders, Dinosaurs and CVs" and the 49th post in my New 52 challenge. That article also linked to a data visualisation CV, Lucas the adorable arachnid, the trailer for Into the Spiderverse, and the Wildlife Photo-Ark project.

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