Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart -- exclusive excerpt


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  1. Boundegar says:

    I swear those things are gay serial-killers.  BoingBoing, why aren’t you more family-oriented?

  2. jgs says:


    But this looks really cool and I will buy it!

  3. Donald Petersen says:

    I’m gonna buy this–these are gorgeous!  I’ve loved dinosaur art since I was a kid, and one of my most prized possessions is The Dinosaurs, by Stout, Service & Preiss.  My copy is autographed by Bill Stout his ownself… he even drew an oviraptor freehand for me!  Lots of great artwork in that one, but since it was published 28 years ago it might be a tad dated.  I can’t get enough of this stuff.

  4. How do they know what color to make the dinosaurs?

    • Dan Hibiki says:

      Wild guesses. Mostly it’s just logical to assume most dinosaurs were camouflaged in some way, but other then that there’s not much evidence to go by.

      • Why is it only logical to assume most were camouflaged?  Considering birds as their descendants, a huge number of avian are very garishly clad for the purposes of sexual selection, and even a large number of reptiles display at least seasonal color expression for sexual selection purposes.

        I’d add that one of the hypothesies for dino plumage specifically revolves around sexual selection in at least some species (granted, for most dromeosaurs a more functional usage hypothesis seems to have the most support, though as with modern avian there is no reason it couldn’t be both purposes)

        • Dan Hibiki says:

          Because it’s nearly impossible to guess what that sort of colouring or plumage will look like. It’s easy to guess what camouflage will look like and since a lot of the bigger killers depended on short bursts of  speed they’d need that camouflage to hunt. And let’s face it, dinos killing dinos is fun to draw.

          As an artist this gives you a lot to work with and the Sexual colourization are an excuse to add what ever design flare you feel like throwing in.

        • Brainspore says:

          It’s true that dinosaurs’ closest living relatives are birds, but in terms of ecological niche a triceratops is much closer to a rhinoceros than a parakeet. 

          Maybe some dinosaurs selected mates based on bright coloration, but it seems most likely that dinosaurs as a group had a wide range of colors and patterns adapted to individual species’ needs. We see this varied approach even within modern primates: some of us attract mates with brightly colored faces and/or buttocks, others have fur well-suited for camouflage, and some of us walk around buck naked.

  5. Any Dave Miller in there? He’s an old friend from my hometown, became one of the foremost paleo-illustrators around, his work was shown on the dino-floor of the Nat Hist Museum here in NYC. I’ve got one of his originals, an artist proof of this carnivorous subaquatic scene. 

  6. urbiegreen2001 says:

    The computerized graphic are terrific BUT if scenes from “Prehistoric Animals” by Augusta and Burian (published 1956) are not included in the collection. it misses the source from where all else follows. The nomenclature may have changed over the years but the paintings are still incredible almost 60 years after publication

  7. pjcamp says:

    If it doesn’t contain Rudolph Zallinger’s famous mural Age of Reptiles, it isn’t complete.


    This  in an old Time-Life book that fascinated me when was kid. I stared a that picture for hours.

    • Chip Daniels says:

      I still have that book, complete with my notations in the margins from when I was 8 or so.

    • Rob Lammle says:

      I reviewed this book earlier in the month for another website (pardon the plug:
      http://tophatsasquatch.com/dinosaur-art-worlds-greatest-paleoartists/) and it does not include Age of Reptiles.  But that’s because it’s looking at more modern artists that have been prominent since the Dinosaur Renaissance of the 1970s.  Zallinger’s work is gorgeous and iconic, but considering the mural was painted in 1947, it’s not exactly up-to-date on modern dinosaur theories, which this book tries to bring to the forefront with the excellent artwork inside.    

      In addition, each of the artists is interviewed for the book, and Zallinger died in 1995.

  8. Androsko says:

    I finished the cover for you

  9. chaopoiesis says:

    Hmmm… this begs the question of whether colliding asteroids hang moonlike in the sky, waiting to be painted, or just flash in out of the blue at 30000 miles per hour and blow the shit out of everything.

  10. aliktren says:

    Purchased :)

  11. MelSkunk says:

    This reminds me of how annoyed I am that dinosaurs are so frequently drawn in perfect profile.

  12. Amelia_G says:

    There’s dinosaur audio too! Douglas Irvine’s “Soundscapes of the Dinosaurs.”

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