2012 heads into the past

by mdr on Dec. 29th, 2012

Charles R. Knight greeting card
Charles R. Knight greeting cardCourtesy Public domain via Wikipedia
This clever greeting card was created over 90 years ago by paleo-artist, Charles R. Knight. I thought it'd be a great way to wish all readers of Science Buzz a very Happy New Year!

I'm a big fan of Knight's work. Many of his best prehistoric-themed murals can be seen at the Field Museum in Chicago. Additional paintings can be found at colleges, libraries and other museums in the US, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Painting by Charles R. Knight: Dinosaurs and Fossils gallery at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Lucy Knight Steel gave her father's 1930 painting to Einar G. C. Lofgren, who donated it to the museum.
Painting by Charles R. Knight: Dinosaurs and Fossils gallery at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Lucy Knight Steel gave her father's 1930 painting to Einar G. C. Lofgren, who donated it to the museum.Courtesy Mark Ryan
We're lucky to have one here at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It's a large original painting of a Stegosaurus done by Knight in 1930 (see photo). It hangs in the Dinosaurs and Fossil gallery next to the Camptosaurus exhibit. The painting was the template for the mosaic that graces the entrance to the Reptile House at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

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bugman says:

Is there any further thoughts on what killed off all the Dinosaurs? In the 1980s the main theory an asteroid.....

thanks

posted on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 3:16pm
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mdr says:

"An Asteroid Did It" remains the prevailing theory for the demise of most dinosaurs although some disagreement continues. I say "most dinosaurs" because a line of their descendents (birds) is still around today. It's possible the bolide that created the Chicxulub Crater at Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula was merely the coup de grâce of a perfect global environmental storm taking place some 65 million years ago. The outpouring of tremendous amounts of noxious gases from the Deccan Traps flood basalts in India was happening around the same time and may have been a co-conspirators in the mass extinction event.

I tend to lean more toward the asteroid collision explanation. There's speculation that water and other primordial ingredients for life on Earth rode in with asteroids during the early stages of our planet's formation. The asteroid giveth and the asteroid taketh away.

posted on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 5:22pm

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