Our first episode of 2023 celebrates classics of two totally different sorts: the masterly palaeoart of the Queen of #DrawDinovember, Rebecca Dart, which absolutely deserves the stamp of ‘fashionable traditional’; and, in what Niels has decided is a one-off for us and never the start of a foray into collectibles, the enduring allure of the Invicta dinosaur toys commissioned by London’s Pure Historical past Museum, starting in 1974. How does Rebecca work her timeless magic on her snapshots of deep time, and what position does a love of crops play in it? Will Marc and Natee persuade Niels of the advantage of the Invictas or just be too run away with by their enthusiasm as collectors? Is it untimely for Natee to be consuming a Cadbury’s Creme Egg?
Within the Information
- Oertijdmuseum, Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands, might maintain one of many only a few dinosaur eggs that comprise the stays of an embryo. Press launch.
- ‘Uncinate processes.’ Deep reptilian evolutionary roots of a serious avian respiratory adaptation. Paper by Wang et al.
- Balaenognathus maeuseri: a brand new pterodactyloid pterosaur with a novel filter-feeding equipment from the Late Jurassic of Germany. Paper by Martill et al. Twitter thread by palaeoartist, Joschua Knüppe.
Classic Dinosaur Artwork
The dinosaur (and different prehistoric animal) toys produced by Invicta Plastics of Leicestershire along side the Pure Historical past Museum, London, starting in 1974 and working till c.1994. Pictures by Marc from his personal assortment (with further picture of the Megalosaurus by Nathan Morris). You possibly can see extra photographs along with evaluations of the total set of figures (minus the blue whale) on the Dinosaur Toy Weblog. There may be additionally an glorious web page for them on the Dinosaur Toy Collectors’ Information web site by ‘Rexford.’
Natee interviews Vancouver-based artist, artwork director, and character designer, Rebecca Dart. ‘Extinct animals and Barbarian women are my private jam.’ Comply with Rebecca on Twitter and Instagram. David Orr’s earlier interview with Rebecca is right here.