What do you think?

Over the course of the past year I’ve had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of many paleontologists and illustrators of prehistoric life, people who have helped me with their comments, criticism, and support. One such person whose work I admire is Matt Celeskey, the artist (and blogger) behind the Hairy Museum of Natural History.

A few months ago I asked Matt to come up with a brand new banner for this blog, something unique that would capture the character of Laelaps. Although I gave Matt some initial direction, that I wanted an articulated skeleton Dryptosaurus (previously known as “Laelaps” until it was discovered that a mite had already been given that name) based upon the fragmentary remains currently known and Appalachiosaurus to help fill in the gaps, Matt really took my idea and ran with it. Where did the colors come from? If you ever sift through the green muck of the marl pits of southern New Jersey you’ll see that many of the vertebrate bones are a golden brown color, standing out against the blue, green, and black of their entombing sediment. I absolutely love it, and I hope you do, too.

(I do want to keep the old banners in circulation, though, and I’m still working out how to get a rotating banner working without crashing the blog. Hopefully I’ll be successful soon.)

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