Paleoart: Painting the Land Before Time

Paleoart: Painting the Land Before Time

The Field Museum has a long history of hiring artists to help teach people about the dinosaurs and other early life on earth. Maybe you’ve heard of the famous painter Charles R. Knight — but what about John Conrad Hansen, or Maidi Wiebe? After months of research– here are their stories!

Did Tyrannosaurus rex have feathers? Perhaps not. “Tyrannosaurid integument reveals conflicting patterns of gigantism and feather evolution,” Bell et. al (2017):

Famed T. rex SUE getting a makeover at Field Museum in Chicago:
Move over, SUE: World’s largest dinosaur taking center stage at Field Museum (Chicago Tribune):
SUE’s views on their move:

‘The Glorious Journey of Gorgeous George,’ by Ben Miller (


Special thanks to:
Field Museum’s Bill Simpson, Pete Makovicky, Adrienne Stroup, Gretchen Rings, Armand Esai, Nina Cummings
Studio252mya’s artist Franz Anthony (
Barbara Wester,
Paul Brinkman at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences,
Jennifer Kovarik at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Shoutout to twitter user @12tonevideos for the episode title. 🙂

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Producer, Writer, Creator, Host:
Emily Graslie

Producer, Camera, Graphics, Director:
Sheheryar Ahsan

Producer, Camera
Brandon Brungard

This episode is filmed at and supported by The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.


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