The Art & Science of Pete’s Paleo Petshop

So there’s a long and a short way to go about this.  I do something really tedious and boring, and pull out the scientific papers, fossils, diagrams, anatomy jargon, and articles written by people much smarter and more knowledgeable than me in all things paleontology…



I can save you the big snore (because the technical stuff is tough to read, and I like this sort of thing!) and have an excuse to draw yet more cute critters, while sneaking in a few quick fossil facts in a bite-size post or convenient picture. 🙂

Why am I doing this?

The truth is that I got a little frustrated.  All the dinosaur books for kids fall into one of two categories-

Super cute story and dinosaurs, but no science.  For example, “Pteradactyls” lumped in with the dinosaurs, and dinos stuck with the appearance of rubber toys from the 80s.


“Educational”, but tough to read.  Because after reading a list of names like Tyrannosaurus rex, Euplocephalosaurus, and Parasaurolophus 20 nights in a row, I know that book is going to put aside for “some other time”.  Plus the computer graphics always look a bit unpleasant to me.

Pete’s Paleo Petshop is the best of both worlds.  A cute story with illustrations based on the latest scientific research I can find.  But I also want to make clear what part of the illustration is something we actually know as fact, or really just an educated guess.  Speculation.  A hypothesis. 🙂

So this is the start of a new series called The Art & Science of Pete’s Paleo Petshop. That’s super long though, so I’ll have to shorten it somehow. 🙂

For your convenience, I’ll keep a list of all posts in the series here on this page, and I’ll update the list with links as we go along.  I’ll begin with the main cast, and we’ll see where we go from there. 🙂


chibi critters color.jpg

Main Cast:


Bonus Question: Any special requests?  I’ll be going over these critters in no particular order, so if there’s one you really want to see first, let me know.  First one to answer in the comments gets first pick! 🙂

11 thoughts on “The Art & Science of Pete’s Paleo Petshop

  1. …I like reading scientific dinosaur jargon. .w.

    But I do like the idea of The Art & Science of Pete’s Paleo Petshop (Maybe I’ll just abbreviate it to ASPPP). 😀 And though I am commenting a bit late, I’m pretty curious about Terry.


    1. Hi Brownie! The jargon I speak of is mostly related to anatomical terms and the names of various bones that one would only know if they studied anatomy.

      If you like reading that, that’s awesome! You have more patience than I do then, because my eyes kinda glaze over when I read about condyles vs. cotyles. Or Zygapophyses. At least I can kinda understand what vertical hyperflexion of anterior dorsal vertebrae means. 😉

      I’m getting there, slowly, but I certainly don’t claim to be a professional in the subject. 😛

      Ok! Terry it is. 😀


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