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January 23, 2013 6:11 PM   Subscribe

I probably shouldn't be as surprised as I am at how much genuinely good dinosaur art there is out there! Good stuff!
posted by holmesian at 6:41 PM on January 23, 2013

I'm not sure how much he's still in vogue, but Gregory S. Paul combined the best of the scientific and artistic world. His Predatory Dinosaurs of the World was a real eye-opener, and his page on Wikipedia states that he "helped pioneer the 'new look' of dinosaurs in the 1970s" for whatever that's worth. It also has a whole section on his criticisms of creationism, if you're into that sort of thing (and I am).
posted by zombieflanders at 6:46 PM on January 23, 2013 [3 favorites]

Now this is a T-shirt.
posted by arcticseal at 7:51 PM on January 23, 2013

"Doctor Cockamurra, welcome to Egypt. Sorry for the short notice, but you are the only expert in dino-pictography"
posted by dammitjim at 10:07 PM on January 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

Paul's The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is also pretty great.

All Yesterdays is a recent book I've been hearing a lot of great things about, and I keep meaning to order it.io9's description:
How did dinosaurs look? The only way any of us know is from looking at images created by paleoartists, people who specialize in imagining extinct creatures by studying their skeletons. The problem is that skeletons only tell us part of the story, revealing little about layers of body fat, skin type, coloration, and behavior. Now, a new book called All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals — half science, half-science fiction — offers us a radical new way of looking at dinosaurs, based on contemporary scientific speculation. We have an incredible gallery of the paleoart from the book.

Written by paleoartists C.M. Kosemen and John Conway, with an introduction by renowned paleontologist Darren Naish, All Yesterdays is the kind of wonderful, provocative thought experiment that only exists at the nexus of science and art. The book corrects a lot of misconceptions from famous dinosaur art, such as work by Charles Knight, and then heads off into new speculations based on all the "unknown unknowns" of paleontological reconstruction.
posted by brundlefly at 12:34 AM on January 24, 2013

This is an ideal tumbler to show any kid interested in Dinosaurs... except it isn't, because the bozo who titled it was being stupid that day.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:03 AM on January 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

My favourite dinosaur art would have to be the pair of drawings by Andrew Hou in which Wolverine attacks and ultimately defeats T-rex.
posted by jamincan at 5:26 AM on January 24, 2013

Neat paintings. Although that is a gigantic honkin' T. rex.
posted by brundlefly at 11:59 AM on January 24, 2013

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