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Prehistorica

Art and photos of the world that was

The Morian Hall of Paleontology
Two Quetzalcoatlus northropi defend their nest from a teenaged Tyrannosaurus rex at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
The new dinosaur hall at the HMNS (opened in 2012) is much bigger than the old one.  

The Morian Hall of Paleontology

Two Quetzalcoatlus northropi defend their nest from a teenaged Tyrannosaurus rex at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The new dinosaur hall at the HMNS (opened in 2012) is much bigger than the old one.  

Blaze
Dinosaurs made out of carved and lit pumpkins, at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in upstate NY.

Blaze

Dinosaurs made out of carved and lit pumpkins, at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in upstate NY.

Who Let the Dogs Out?
There were a lot of dogs dressed up as dinosaurs at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade today, but this was my favorite.  The owner went the extra mile, not only dressing her dog as a Stegosaurus, but dressing herself in a Jurassic Park ranger uniform.

Who Let the Dogs Out?

There were a lot of dogs dressed up as dinosaurs at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade today, but this was my favorite.  The owner went the extra mile, not only dressing her dog as a Stegosaurus, but dressing herself in a Jurassic Park ranger uniform.

Dippy the Diplodocus
May 2013 - The Diplodocus statue outside the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, wearing a pink ribbon for Mother’s Day.

Dippy the Diplodocus

May 2013 - The Diplodocus statue outside the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, wearing a pink ribbon for Mother’s Day.

Barosaurus
The famous “rearing Barosaurus" in the lobby of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Barosaurus

The famous “rearing Barosaurus" in the lobby of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Happy Midwinter
Edmontosaurus
I know, March of the Dinosaurs shows Edmontosaurus migrating.  But new research suggests that they overwintered in the Arctic, and did not hibernate.  I’d guess it didn’t snow as much back then, the world being warmer and all, but what the heck.  It looks Christmas-y.  ;-)

Happy Midwinter

Edmontosaurus

I know, March of the Dinosaurs shows Edmontosaurus migrating.  But new research suggests that they overwintered in the Arctic, and did not hibernate.  I’d guess it didn’t snow as much back then, the world being warmer and all, but what the heck.  It looks Christmas-y.  ;-)

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From the shores of a Devonian sea
Fossils at Thacher State Park near Albany, NY.
The thick shells of these brachiopod fossils show that they are from the Oriskany Formation.  Sea levels rose and fell during the Devonian; Oriskany Sandstone was formed when the area was near the shoreline.  The sturdy shells evolved to withstand the pounding surf.

From the shores of a Devonian sea

Fossils at Thacher State Park near Albany, NY.

The thick shells of these brachiopod fossils show that they are from the Oriskany Formation.  Sea levels rose and fell during the Devonian; Oriskany Sandstone was formed when the area was near the shoreline.  The sturdy shells evolved to withstand the pounding surf.

Tastes like chicken…
Tyrannosaurs rex
Triceratops horridus
According to Jackson Landers, critters have “tasted like chicken” for 350 million years.
Not happy with the landscape here.  I was trying for the Hell Creek Formation, but it’s not like your usual dinosaur scene.  There were few ferns, cycads, or conifers.  It was open woodland, with mostly deciduous plants.  But there was no grass yet.  So what the heck was the ground cover?  Horsetails? 
Tyrannosaurus may or may not have hunted in packs.  I decided on a small family group, rather than a large pack.  Seems like it might be difficult for this environment to support a lot of large carnivores in one place.  There were no large sauropods, which I assume would make it both more difficult and less necessary to support large packs.
Birds of prey commonly have only one or two chicks at a time, which are cared for by both parents, so I thought T. rex might do that, too.
Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope the dinosaur on your table today was juicy and delicious.

Tastes like chicken…

Tyrannosaurs rex

Triceratops horridus

According to Jackson Landers, critters have “tasted like chicken” for 350 million years.

Not happy with the landscape here.  I was trying for the Hell Creek Formation, but it’s not like your usual dinosaur scene.  There were few ferns, cycads, or conifers.  It was open woodland, with mostly deciduous plants.  But there was no grass yet.  So what the heck was the ground cover?  Horsetails? 

Tyrannosaurus may or may not have hunted in packs.  I decided on a small family group, rather than a large pack.  Seems like it might be difficult for this environment to support a lot of large carnivores in one place.  There were no large sauropods, which I assume would make it both more difficult and less necessary to support large packs.

Birds of prey commonly have only one or two chicks at a time, which are cared for by both parents, so I thought T. rex might do that, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope the dinosaur on your table today was juicy and delicious.

Pumpkinosaurus
A Stegosaur made out of carved pumpkins, at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Pumpkinosaurus

A Stegosaur made out of carved pumpkins, at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Dinosaur Footprints

Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke, MA is a site along Route 5 where the public can see and touch footprints made 190 million years ago.  It’s free; there’s a small pullout along the road, marked by signs.  A short, easy walk leads to the trackways.

The prints were discovered by workmen building Route 5.  The trackways continue up to the retaining wall supporting the highway, and presumably under it. 

There’s graffiti on the retaining wall.  When I was there, there was a tribute to Ray Bradbury, who loved dinosaurs and wrote about them in several stories (most famously in “A Sound of Thunder”).  But the local “community artists” have left the trackways alone. 

The prints have been colored white with chalk to make them more visible.  I can understand why they did it; it would be very difficult for untrained viewers to see them otherwise.  But that makes it hard to see the details, and those glaring white prints make it hard to notice anything else.  Some kind of map with outlines would be better, but I guess that would take time and money.