Dinosaur Western Motif Tee

shirtI’ve been spotted in this shirt in the past. People ask me if I had it made for the book. Nope! The Dinosaur Western motif is growing more popular by the day! Anyway, I thought it was time I shared the designer.

You can purchase the tee here.

Here’s more from the designer, Mirna Silvia.

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Sample: Lassiter and the Renegades of Sunk Mesa

sunkmesacov2Looks like I’ll be able to release the Lassiter short story at the end of the month. In the meantime, here’s a sample from the middle of the story.

From Lassiter and the Renegades of Sunk Mesa:

Lassiter jerked from sleep as the blare of a hadrosaur call sounded in the distance. He scrambled up and began searching for his dino. He could have tied a hobble to the creature’s legs to keep him nearby, but he didn’t—figuring the dino was hobbled enough by the arrow wound. Now Bullet had wandered off. Another mistake.

A dim twilight surrounded him. Bullet was nowhere to be found. Another hadrosaur called. Lassiter got the sense that he was surrounded. The renegades must still be about.

He surveyed the jungle’s edge and didn’t spot any renegades. He moved westward across the darkening plain, from shadow to shadow. When the light was at its dimmest, he found a fresh pachysaur track in a muddy dip in the ground.

He struck a match. In the orange light, he saw the clawprints were jumbled together with dozens of other sharp-toed prints. Lassiter could see that Bullet was being harassed by this pack of smaller creatures. They must have smelled the blood from his wound.

The jumble of prints pointed westward, from what the gunman could judge. He let the match sizzle in the mud and then followed the prints westward.

The hadrosaur calls grew fainter as darkness took over everything. A quarter moon gave him enough light to keep from stumbling. An occasional glint from light on a muddy print also showed him he was headed in the right direction.

A dark thought struck him as he walked—the bundle. It was strapped to the pachysaur…

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Gooey Dinosaur Tissue Discovered!

Alright, I’m not sure if the tissue was actually gooey or not. But this is still a pretty amazing discovery!

-Sam

From Forbes

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Image credit: Mary Schweitzer, provided by NC State

Paleontologists Discover Traces Of 80-Million-Year-Old Collagen In A Dinosaur Bone

Shaena Montanari

Not so long ago, finding traces of organic biomolecules in any fossil over about one million years old was thought to be an insurmountable challenge. Paleontologists never thought to look at dinosaur bones as a source of either DNA or protein sequences.

While short the half-life of DNA means it may be out of reach in dinosaurs, pioneering work by North Carolina State professor of biology Mary Schweitzer showed that protein sequences, in fact, are not. In 2009 she was able to detect proteins in an 80-million-year-old dinosaur called Brachylophosaurus canadensis, and now this find has been corroborated in a new paper lead by North Carolina State postdoctoral researcher Elena Schroeter in the Journal of Proteome Research.

Read more at Forbes.

 

Paintings of female cowboys offer a feminist view of the Wild West

I came across this artist at Creative Boom. Felice House paints stunning images of these Wild West women. The one below might be my favorite. These ladies look tough. The one on the left looks mighty suspicious. The one on the right looks like she’s ready to chew up and spit out whatever trouble might be in front of her. Great character inspiration!

-Sam

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From Creative Boom

When imagining the Wild West, you’d think of boots and spurs, bars with sawdust covered floors, and dusty shootouts between cowboys? Right? Well think again.

Leeds College of Art kicks off a new year of exhibitions with a selection of works by American artist Felice House; featuring paintings of famous western actors such as Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Dean, reimagined as female cowboys.

Re/Western features seven large-scale portraits taken from iconic scenes from the western genre, but with the leading characters repainted as women. By projecting contemporary women into these heroic roles, House asks us to take a critical view of gender stereotypes and the access of women to power.

Read more at Creative Boom.

From Variety: Coen Brothers to Write and Direct Their First-Ever TV Series, ‘Buster Scruggs’

So I doubt this show will be appropriate for young audiences, but I’m pretty excited about this none the less. The Coen Brothers are some of my favorite storytellers, and I look forward to seeing their take on this genre in a TV format.

-Sam

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Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

From Variety by Justin Kroll

Joel and Ethan Coen are the latest auteurs moving into television, with a new event anthology set in the Old West.
Annapurna Television is partnering with the Coen brothers on a limited series Western called “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Sources tell Variety that Annapurna intends to pursue an innovative approach that could combine television and theatrical.
Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script from an original idea and will direct the project.

Dinosaurs took months to hatch out of their eggs. That may have doomed them.

Here’s an interesting article about a new study. I really like this picture too. It looks like a protoceratops egg, but it’s not clear from the article. I plan to showcase more articles like this in the future. I’m going to add a few more regular features to the site too. Stay tuned!
-Sam
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A new study suggests that dinosaur eggs took as many as six months to incubate. (Gregory Erickson/FSU)

From the Washington Post by Sarah Kaplan

For dinosaurs, hatching eggs was a long-term commitment.

A nest pinned the parents down to the spot where the eggs were laid. As long as they were incubating their eggs, they couldn’t venture off in search of food or to flee predators. And their eggs incubated for a very long time.

That’s according to Gregory Erickson, a paleobiologist at Florida State University and the lead author of a new study on dinosaur hatching times in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Close examination of embryos found fossilized inside their eggs suggests that dinosaurs took as many as six months to hatch — far longer than their closest modern descendants, today’s birds….

Lassiter Cover

Here’s a peek at the “cover” design for Lassiter and the Renegades of Sunk Mesa! The short story will only be available as an ebook. So this is not exactly a cover… Let me know what you think!

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