Therizinosaurus.
Therizinosaurus

The word “bizarre” is often used to describe dinosaurs, but Therizinosaurus is bizarre by even dinosaur standards. It has the long neck, small head and tiny, leaf-shaped teeth of a sauropod. However, it isn’t a sauropod but a theropod. Yet, unlike other theropods, it was a plant-eater! This dinosaur had other strange features, including a broad potbelly and incredibly long finger claws. Most paleontologists believe Therizinosaurus was the reptilian analog of the giant (extinct) ground sloth, and those huge claws were probably used to pull down leafy branches close to its mouth.


Originally a site for the promotion and illustration of dinosaur and vertebrate paleontology art (to view or for sale) this page now also features companies that sell fossil replicas. I have chosen to feature those companies who offer fine fossil reproductions for sale a practice I want to encourage so that the original specimens end up at institutions rather than in private collections where many of them become lost to research. Since this is a new addition to this page I would welcome any additional web sites where fine fossil replicas may be purchased from companies promoting the philosophy that significant vertebrate specimens end up in research institutions through the sale of these replicas. Enjoy! Dino Russ

Dinosaur Art

BERI’S DINOSAUR WORLD Presenting the Art of Berislav Krzic. Another interesting art site. Beri has some very nice images, also talks about how artists do their work (a nice source of info for those wanting to know more about this). Beri is also adding other links and info as time goes on. With many of the images are facts and information about the dinosaurs Beri draws. Makes this another good information site about the specific dinosaurs he has done in his art work.

Dinosaur Murals by Beverly Leesman. Watercolor artist Beverly Leesman who for the last fifteen years, Leesman has devoted her talents to the exploration of realistic watercolor based on her own photographs has now expanded into some dinosaur art in a mural that she is making for the Birthday Party Room at Gold Cup Gymnastics. Other than the famous Peabody Mural have not seen too many murals lately.

Chris Srnka , an illustrator living in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. He will do a wide variety of freelance work, but dinosaurs are by far his favorite subjects. He currently designs billboards in Columbus, along with the freelance work. The dinosaur images were first sketched on paper, then scanned into his computer. He used Metacreation’s Painter 5.0 to paint the dinos. Painter emulates traditional media, allowing for a wide range of tools and styles. Although the art is digital, it is all hand drawn, using Painter and a pressure-sensitive drawing pad.

Dinohunter Info. For your Paleolife Illustrations and Research. Check this site out for the great art work by Tracy Lee Ford. Tracy is an artist, researcher and amateur paleontologist (she has named a few dinosaurs so she is also a paleontologist). Tracy has literally done over 1500 illustrations from famous dinosaurs to the obscure… GO TO SITE

Dinosaur Illustrations. Online collection of dinosaur art. This site’s purpose is to help you locate great illustrations of dinosaurs that have been posted on the Internet. It is intended as a shortcut from going site to site hoping to find the specific dinosaur your looking for. This searchable index contains more than 150 links to books and image galleries of and about dinosaurs. Each link connects you to a short description of the source of the art and a thumbnail image linked to a larger version of a pertinent image.

The Dinosauricon – Dinosaur Art. One of the better dinosaur information sites I have found. It still has one of the best collection of art I have yet seen in one place online that I am aware of. Authored and maintained by T. Michael Keesey this one should be in your bookmarks!

Doug Holgate. Douglas Holgate describes himself as a budding dinosaur illustrator fresh out of a post graduate degree in Illustration at Newcastle University, Australia. His major study in this year was the reconstruction and illustration of Australian dinosaurs and flying reptiles.

Jim Robins: Jim Robins has worked on a wide range of graphic art projects, but dinosaurs and other ancient beasts have always been a speciality. His work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, on television and in exhibitions worldwide. All his pictures are protected by copyright. They can only be reproduced with permission from the artist.

Joe Tucciarone’s Art Pages. Joe has some very excellent art. Joe Tucciarone is an artist whose subjects range from distant galaxies to the long-vanished dinosaurs. Visit one of his prehistoric animal galleries where you’ll see over fifty paintings depicting many of the best-known prehistoric beasts that have ever lived. The illustrations are accompanied by information about each animal including its physical size and weight, the geologic period during which it lived, the year it was discovered, and its diet.

JORDAN MALLON’S Paleoportfolio This website is devoted to the science and art of dinosaurs. It will be constantly updated as new illustrations and information are added. Illustrations & Information: Presented on the following pages, in alphabetical order, are a host of dinosaurian species. Each of these species is fully illustrated and accompanied by significant and up-to-date information.

Luis Rey, Site contains a number of dinosaur works by Luis (as well as other work of his). These are some nice artworks. Check them out. I especially love some of his recent work with the feathered dinosaurs!

JOHN SIBBICK DINOBASE, a dinosaur web-site of the University of Bristol, hosts a page featuring a large collection of illustrations by England’s premier paleolife artist, John Sibbick who specialises in restorations of dinosaurs and other prehistoric scenes, and his work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, on television and in exhibitions worldwide. All his pictures are protected by copyright. They can only be reproduced with permission from the artist.

Michael William Skrepnick is an established, award winning artist specializing in visual interpretations of dinosaurs and other extinct Mesozoic vertebrates within their natural environments. He also focuses on restorations and reconstructions of newly described dinosaurs with many of the world’s leading paleontologists and on imagery of popular dinosaurs for publication in books and magazines, museum murals, scientific journals and television documentaries. Michael works primarily in acrylic paint, as well as graphite and pen and ink. Original artworks are owned and housed in a number of public and private collections around the world. Michael lives and works in Alberta, Canada, close to some of the richest North American, Upper Cretaceous dinosaur fossil deposits in the world.

Paleo-Illustration By Frank DeNota. Another very excellent collection of images by the artist Frank DeNota.. I encourage you to check out his artwork!

Troodon Productions Inc. Dinosaur Story Books The combined talents of Phil Currie (Tyrell Museum), Jan Sovak (Illustrator), and Eric Felber create factual based story books that give you a glimpse into the ancient world of dinosaurs. Click here to see samples of some of Jan’s art!

The Raptor’s Lair. More images of dinosaurs catering to those of raptors, sketches done by Sharon Mossy (a.k.a. Velociraptor or just Raptor.).

The Age of Reptiles Mural at the Yale Peabody Museum. The vivid scene reproduced from Rudolph Zallinger’s famous dinosaur mural The Age of Reptiles, overlooking the Great Hall in Yale’s Peabody Museum, is far more than a magnificent work of art. It is also a scientific document transforming the knowledge, ideas, and thoughts of many scholars of ancient life into realistic and accurate images. The mural is one of the largest in the world, measuring 110 feet long by 16 feet high, and required more than four and a half years (1943-1947) to complete. It is at once a motion picture and a time machine, a menagerie and a botanical garden that portrays an almost unimaginable chapter of earth history spanning more than 300 million years. The animals and plants of this panorama — most never having been seen by human eyes — have been resurrected for our contemplation and wonderment. Here, the textbook names take on new meaning; our mind’s eye perceives the reality and magnificence of unfamiliar plants and communities of astonishing animals.

Models and Sculpture

Dinosaur Art and Modeling. This site provides graphics and information, as well as sources for paleoart, sculpture, and model kits. We routinely present review of recent works, as they become available.

Dino-More. Check out the work of Michael Monfils. He produces natural history sculpture, models and artwork for museum display and the private collector. Although dinosaurs are his particular field of interest and research, he can also produce sculptures and models of other natural history subjects, from insects to fish to amphibians to reptiles to birds and mammals.

Dino-Store currently offering a full line of Dinosaur Skeletons, Dinosaur Skulls, Dinosaur Finished Models, Dinosaur Pewter Models, Dinosaur Keychains, Dinosaur Pens, Dinosaur Magnets and Dinosaur Art. These amazing items are done with an extreme amount of detail and being offered at affordable prices. Click on Dino Store and check them out.

Lost World Studios. Lost World Studios is proud to present the most realistic dinosaur exhibits ever assembled! Lost World Studios is a company specializing in the construction and fabrication of prehistoric exhibits and related subjects. They have worked actively with fossil materials from around the world for more than 30 years. This experience has given them a special insight into the world of prehistoric animals and their environments. Whether you need a permanent or temporary display, Lost World Studios can bring the excitement of the prehistoric world to your institution. The owner, Guy Darrough is a self-taught and highly accomplished paleontologist, fossil preparation expert, and illustrator who has worked in paleontology and related areas for 40 years. His technical and artistic skills in fossil preparation meet the highest museum standards. Specimens from his own exceptional collection are routinely loaned to museums for exhibition and for scientific studies. Guy’s accomplishments include amassing a premiere collection of Missouri fossils, making significant discoveries in Paleontology (including the discovery of a wide variety of Cambrian and lower Ordovician fossil animals previously unknown to paleontologists).

MEGALANIA DINOSAUR MODELING PAGES Models of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals in resin, vinyl, styrene, or whatever other material the manufacturer can conjure up!

MENAGERIE PRODUCTIONS The dinosaur sculptures of San Francisco resident Tony McVey are viewable through the courtesy of Larry Dunn’s Megalania Review Page, along with Larry’s glowing commentary about them and the address for McVey’s Menagerie Productions.

Paleogarden. Paleogarden specializes in life-size anatomically correct 3D dinosaur reconstruction, and other ancient life sculpture. All our work is of the highest museum quality. We offer customized commission pieces to suit any budget, with everything from static resin castings, bronze, partially animated to fully bio-mechanically animated flesh restorations. We also have an expanding catalogue of material available for sale. Our in depth knowledge of evolutionary interrelationships and comparative anatomy ensure our pieces are the most accurate available. All of our dinosaur reconstructions are produced in close consultation with prominent paleontologists.

Raymond Persinger. Raymond was one of the first sculptors hired by Dinamation. During his time at Dinamation he personally sculpted and/or directred teams in the creation of more than 70 dinosaurs. These range in size from small scale models to a 50 foot T-rex. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. He was personally selected by National Geographic to sculpt a static flying Pteranodon for their permanent collection. Besides serving in an artistic capacity Raymond’s abilities as an inventive problem solver proved to be an invaluable asset to Dinamation. He helped develop robotics, inovative mold making and production techniques, create exhibits and interfaces with museums and the public as a field service specialist. Ray would be interested in creating work for museums and/or working directly with paleontologists in developing sculptural representations of their finds/theories.Check out his website and see examples of his work. There is also information on contacting Ray for your own museum exhibits and displays. Because of Raymond’s numerous accomplishments, Dinamation’s VP’s often referred to him as the “Merlin of Dinamation” and Science Director Robert Bakker stated that Dinamation would never have existed were it not for Raymond’s many contributions. Some very great work, I have seen many of the robotic dinosaurs at Fruita (at the former Dinamation museum, now Dinosaur Journey – Museum of Western Colorado)in past few years and other places. Some very nice work.

Watson Sculptures & Models A site where some nice bronze sculptures of dinosaurs by Doug Watson can be seen. Doug has worked for the National museums of Canada for 17 years, the last 12 exclusively for the Canadian Museum of Nature as a Model & Diorama specialist. Since 1981 he has also produced bronze sculptures, mainly of wildlife for sale to the public. Current dinosaur art includes a 1:24th scale and is 7.5″H x 19″L x 5″W Tyrannosaurus rex, and two new sculptures a 1:24th scale Triceratops and a 1:12th scale Utahraptor ostrommaysi.

General Art and Modeling Information

Dinoart.com. A full-service dinosaur art studio, Walters & Kissinger combines the talents of two paleontological restoration illustrators, Robert F. Walters and Tess Kissinger, and two professional dinosaur sculptors, Paul Sorton and Bruce J. Mohn. Together, we offer the most complete and scientifically accurate dinosaur artwork available to museums, publishers, film and television… READ MORE

Dinosaur FotoImages. Photographic images of dinosaurs in “natural looking” settings. Check them out. These images are for your personal use, enjoyment and education. They may not be used for any commercial purpose including publication or redistribution for commercial gain.

Dinosaur Studio website is a showcase for the accurate, science-based dinosaur sculpture and products of noted paleoartist Dan LoRusso. With nearly a decade’s experience in the field of paleo-reconstruction, The Dinosaur Studio is respected worldwide as a supplier of realistic dinosaur sculpture to collectors and museums; clients include The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Museo del Ricon Colorado, and Dinamation International.

Dinotreker. Within this site you will find a very unique and interesting view of dinosaurs and Paleo art. Featuring a showcase of dinosaurs and dinosaur art from some of the best Paleo Artists in the world today.

Paper Dinosaurs, 1824-1969. An Exhibition of Original Publications From the Collections of the Linda Hall Library The Linda Hall Library is now presenting an exhibition of original printed materials related to the history of dinosaur discovery. On view are most of the classic papers of dinosaur lore, including the original publications of Gideon Mantell, Richard Owen, Othniel Marsh, and a host of others. The focus of the exhibition is on images, both of discovery and of restoration. The exhibition runs from October 17, 1996 through April 30, 1997. What follows is a hypertext catalog of the exhibition. It proceeds through all forty-nine items of the exhibition, but includes links to thirty-five more works that could not be accommodated in the exhibition hall. There are 136 original images.

Prehistoric Times a publication for the Dinosaur collector and enthusiast. Its focus is primarily dinosaur/prehistoric animal collectibles, many articles involve paleo science and artwork of the highest scientific accuracy. “PT” is probably ‘lighter’ reading than most most locations on this site but I’m sure many would enjoy it. Artists like Donna Braginetz, Mark Hallett, James Gurney and more are highly involved with PT and they will be running interviews with paleontologists from time to time. PT is a magazine sold in stores and through subscription but people arriving at this site can see our beautiful full color covers and a table of contents for each issue.

Dinosaur Animation

The Dinosaur Project Just for fun, and since they have always been fascinated by Dinosaurs, M. Richard Associates Inc. decided to send their graphics and animation guys back to the Mesozoic. And this website was the result. This interesting site focuses on the animation of dinosaurs. Check it out!

Dinosaurs from Patagonia will take the viewers back to a 3D journey in the Patagonian region. Dinosaurs are amongst the most fascinating animals to have ever walked the Earth. We are captivated by their enormous size and intrigued by the fact that they disappeared millions of years ago. Dinosaurs from Patagonia 3D will take audiences on an unprecedented and unique 3D journey into the world of the largest known dinosaurs and, in the process, explore some of the great paleontological discoveries of modern time.Done in close collaboration with the foremost scientists of the domain, the movie will show never seen before computer generated footage of the Giganotosaurus and the Argentinosaurus to name a few.

Fossil Replicas

Gaston Design. Gaston Design has been producing highest-quality dinosaur fossil replicas for more than 20¬†years. We’re located in Fruita, Colorado, in the heart of the American Southwest’s famous Dinosaur Triangle. All of our casts are expertly designed and crafted, using state-of-the-art techniques. We consult with paleontologists to ensure that all Gaston Design skeletons are accurately reconstructed. All of our casts are hand-cast and colored in the United States. You won’t find better quality and attention to detail!

Paleoclones a new fossil casting organization offering over two hundred species of dinosaurs, mammals, trilobites and more. PaleoClones specimens range in size from tiny trilobites to a forty foot long life-size Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton! Each fossil replica is finely detailed to match the original specimen. PaleoClones’ ultimate mission is to increase natural history education in people of all ages and backgrounds. We are working closely with schools, museums and fossil clubs to this end.

Stygimoloch.
Stygimoloch

Stygimoloch was a small pachycephalosaur whose thick skull bristled with bony knobs and spikes. It undoubtedly engaged in head-butting, either for defense or to establish a pecking order during mating, or perhaps both. Its name derives from the river Styx (“stygi”) and the name of a Semitic god, Moloch. In Greek mythology, the Styx was a mythical river flowing through the underworld near Hades (Hell). Stygimoloch’s remains were discovered in the Hell Creek formation of Montana and Wyoming. According to myth, children were fed to the god Moloch. However, even if there had been any youngsters around in the Cretaceous, they would have been in no danger of being eaten by Stygimoloch since it was a vegetarian.