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A biology jack of all trades. An illustrator, blogger, journalist and occasional lecturer. I'm endlessly fascinated by the diversity of life on Earth and its evolution. Dinosaurs, pterosaurs, Pleistocene megafauna and more.

New blog post: ecology of (dinosaur) colour

New blog post: ecology of (dinosaur) colour

Hi everyone! I finished the third part of my Zoology for Paleoartists blog posts. While the last two were concerned on which colours are possible in non-avian dinosaurs, this one discusses what kind of colours are ecologically plausible - that is, how evolution shapes animal colour. The needs to camouflage, impress mates or warn off predators are different for each species, producing the incredible diversity of colours and patterns in the animal kingdom. Link to the article: Includes original artwork!

New blog post: a rainbow of dinosaurs

New blog post: a rainbow of dinosaurs

Hi everyone! I published the next part of my Zoology for Paleoartists blog posts. This one also concerns dinosaur colours, but this time, the ones we can't (yet) decipher from fossils. How are yellow, green, orange and red hues formed in bird feathers and skin? And which of these were likely present in non-avian dinosaurs? Link to the article: Thanks for all the comments and shares for the last post. I'm glad you find this stuff useful!

What colour were dinosaurs?

What colour were dinosaurs?

After two and a half years (seriously, where does time go?) of silence, I'm reviving my blog, the Humming Dinosaur. There's a new article up about how birds and crocodylians get their colours and what they can tell us about the long-gone colours of non-avian dinosaurs or pterosaurs. Were there blue or iridescent dinosaurs? Did they change colour like a lizard? Also, illustrated with paintings by Dinomaniac ( ! Link to article:

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I'm asking this here in the event that you do not have Chat yet, but how good is your knowledge of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum?

EurwentalaProfessional General Artist

I wrote a newspaper piece about it a while back, so I guess I know something about it. :D What chat are we talking about here?

The new DA format has a Chat, which is apparently different from Notes but more similar to how personal messages are structured on Facebook.

I asked because I've been running with the idea of a speculative evolution scenario in which the point of departure is a longer PETM, and the questions that stumped me concern the consequences on the marine end.

Silvia4Hobbyist General Artist
Happy b-day hope you have a great one^^
zebGHobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!!!
Happy Birthday!