Friday, 10 November 2017

cute little hatchlings (parasaurolophus)

My father was a geologist, so I was inoculated at an early age into a major obsession with the wonderful world of rocks, fossils, and dinosaurs. He did field work in Kansas for his dissertation: along the way he discovered a nearly complete Eohippus skeleton (early relative of the horse). I think that is way cool.

I was going to make a rollage with dinosaur images, but ran out of time. No big deal—as y'all may have noticed, I find almost any theme an excuse for a dino collage. =laugh= The U.S. 32-cent stamps are from a first-day cover block cancelled on May 1, 1997, in Grand Junction, Colorado. I'm not a serious philetalist, so what do I have these babies for, if not to use in a collage? The scene with the Parasaurolophus (say that one three times fast) hatchlings is dated 75 million years ago. I'm not sure of this, but it looks like the females and males had different shapes of crests. Wild, man.

The Parasaurolophus skeleton is from the Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul—enhanced with a couple of markers. Both backgrounds, geometric and skulls, are from the series of Pepin wrapping paper books (available at Amazon, so check 'em out).

A note on the composition: my great-niece Grace, a high school student, believes that any collage should have something interesting in the lower righthand corner. Who am I to argue with that? =grin=


  1. Wonderful facts! And your dad's discovery is also something. You chose the right background for this amazing creation. Thanks for the tip about Pepin wrapping paper books too.

  2. Interesting story Fi and how nice to get tips from your great-niece Grace!
    I imagine you have lots of beautiful books with images from your father?
    The poststamp is wonderful with all them strange creatures.