And now for a paleo-art dump…

sleeping-in-the-snowOn a chilly Pleistocene night, Smilodon sleeps in a little opening it has excavated out of the snow. Such dens, called snow caves, are dug out by various species of wild animals in cold environments, as well as human beings (e.g. mountain climbers and winter survivalists) who need some insulation out in the snowy wilds.

When drawing the Tyrannosaurus rex, I feel that one of the most important qualities to convey is its sheer power. I always aim to make it a real beefcake when it comes to musculature. The prize-fighter of antiquity is not a dinosaur you want to draw too skinny, believe me.
On a nippy winter day in the Early Cretaceous of northeastern China, the early tyrannosauroid Yutyrannus huali goes fishing through a hole in a frozen lake. Or maybe it’s just getting a drink since it wouldn’t have necessarily made for a good fisher.
Around two hundred thousand years or so ago, this early Homo sapiens chick is admiring the glitter of her gold jewelry.
Gold is quite soft as far as metals go, which makes it easier to work with using primitive equipment. We know Native Americans in various places were able to make gold jewelry and artifacts using stone tools, so it’s my belief that humans could have been working with gold even further back in our prehistoric past. They probably wouldn’t have ascribed any monetary value to it, but early hunter-gatherers still must have admired the shine of gold and wanted to decorate themselves with it.

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