Free Dino Art Lessons for Kids!

I have been blessed with the chance to lead free art lessons at events held by the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. And now I can share some of the lessons I started making. These are mainly for the little artists in your family, but feel free to try one yourself, if you want. HereContinue reading “Free Dino Art Lessons for Kids!”

Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas Dinner

Here is a commission I finished for a friend last night. Tyrannosaurus rex, getting ready to celebrate Christmas. Contrary to popular opinion, T. rex most likely didn’t have vision-based movement. He would probably have seen you still or moving. So, in other words: He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake YouContinue reading “Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas Dinner”

The Magic of Practical Effects: An Open Letter to the Makers of Jurassic World 2

[Important Update: It seems the “news” of no new animatronic dinosaurs in the Jurassic films was based on reactions that misinterpreted what the director had said, so I have deleted the paragraph that linked to the news sites. However, I will keep this post up mainly because its point is still an important one inContinue reading “The Magic of Practical Effects: An Open Letter to the Makers of Jurassic World 2”

Is it Okay to Keep Scaly Raptors in Jurassic World?

It’s a Velociraptor. With feathers. I regret nothing. There’s a huge difference between caring about accuracy (that’s good), and whining about it with an overpowering sense of entitlement (that’s bad) to see feathered dinosaurs in a movie series where the already-cloned Velociraptors have a few differences in color, but lack any plumage. I tried treating theContinue reading “Is it Okay to Keep Scaly Raptors in Jurassic World?”

The “Jurassic World” Trailer is Finally Here!

And it couldn’t be more beautiful. The latest in a long list of things to be thankful for this year. “We clocked the Mosasaurus at 32 knots.” “Mos-Mosasaur? You said you got a Mosasaur?” “Uh-huh!” “Say again?” “We have a Mosasaur.”

Another feathered dinosaur ramble?! On Jurassic Park IV, Science, Plausible Doubt, etc.

Hey, guys. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly say anything more on why fellow paleontology geeks need to loosen up on feathered dinosaurs, I had a couple of extra thoughts to contribute (or reiterate, in some cases). I don’t want to make a huge deal out of this again, except it seems others areContinue reading “Another feathered dinosaur ramble?! On Jurassic Park IV, Science, Plausible Doubt, etc.”

A Brighter Day for Paleontology? Switek Steps Down

Edit: June 05, 2013 Evidently, reacting to a link I stumbled across on another paleontologist’s site and then having something critical to say about it is clear proof of “trolling” in Mr. Switek’s mind, just because I’ve criticized him in the past, and I must be someone who’s obsessed and out to “get” him. OrContinue reading “A Brighter Day for Paleontology? Switek Steps Down”

The Majesty of Dinosaurs

At the time of writing, I am watching Jurassic Park on AMC. Good thing, too, since it’s the first time in ten years when I have seen the movie in widescreen. John Williams’ beautiful score never gets old, the CGI is still photorealistic, and Sam Neill is as awesome as ever. And beside the pleasure ofContinue reading “The Majesty of Dinosaurs”