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A V S TURNER

A V S TURNER

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The International Palaeontological Congress, 2014

Great news this month – my reconstruction of Koumpiodontosuchus asprodokitii & Neovenator has just won 1st prize at the International Palaeontological Congress in Mendoza, Argentina!

The piece has subsequently been bought by the Dinosaur Isle Museum on the Isle of Wight, to sit by the holotype specimens in their permanent displays.

Grateful thanks goes out to the International Palaeontological Association and the Staff at the Dinosaur Isle museum.

Published work

Even more good news this week! My Giganotosaurus crolinii appears in an article in this season’s edition of Prehistoric Times magazine:

http://www.prehistorictimes.com/

Plus, my Amargasaurus cazaui is to be included in the autumn edition in September.

Grateful thanks to all the staff and fellow contributors at PT!

Volunteering at the Museum!

Well, when I first applied for a voluntary post at London’s Natural History Museum I didn’t dare get my hopes up about getting it, but the dinosaur gods must have been smiling upon me that day because last Friday was my first day of volunteering at the museum and I loved it!!!

So, every friday for the next couple of months I’ll be there, offering my graphic skills to the palaeontology department as part of their ‘human origins’ project. I can already tell it’s going to be great fun and a fascinating experience.

Once the project is completed, I’ll be posting a little mini-diary of my experiences there, which will be sometime around late July.

Everybody take care until then!

'Adventures in Comics' Exhibition

Good news this week! My submission to the ‘Adventures in Comics II’ exhibition at the Marine Studio gallery has been accepted and will be appearing in the exhibition, running from Feb 3rd.

The challenge (still open to entries, fellow bubblites) is to create a 2-page graphic story around this year’s theme: Lifeboat. My own personal entry brings together my three great loves – dinosaurs, comics and science fiction. As soon as the show’s over I’ll be making the pages available for all to see, but until then, you can see a little snapshot of my own story, plus some amazing sneak-previews from other artists right here:

http://marinestudiosadventuresincomics.wordpres...

At this point you may be thinking “whuh? I don’t see any comics stuff in he…

Dino-Tourism, Part II!

Well, the latest news is that I’ve just returned from a whistle-stop visit to New York, the sole purpose of which was to encounter the ’World’s Largest Dinosaurs’ exhibit before it closes on Jan 2nd!

This was not my first trip to New York (I visited once as part of a school trip, so that would have been about 10 years ago!), but it was my first visit to the American Museum of Natural History, located on Central Park West. This was immensely exciting for me, as it has been on my list of top places to see since I was a kid and finally getting to see that beautiful Barosaurus in the entrance hall was a truly spine-tingling moment!

But before covering the museum itself I’d like to talk about the special exhibit that lured me all the way across the Atlantic. I sho…

Dino-Tourism!

The other week it occurred to me that I haven’t had a holiday in about four years – yikes! Alas, I couldn’t afford to go away for the weekend, so I decided to hop on the Eurostar and head for Brussels for the day. The aim of the trip was to finally see some specimens that are so familiar to me and yet I had never set eyes on before.

I am talking of course, about the wonderful Iguanodons of Bernissart, on display in the Belgian Royal Institute for Natural Sciences. The ‘Bernissart Thirty’ have been etched into my mind since childhood – I remember gazing mystified at grainy old photos and 19th century drawings of the huge, decrepit-looking creatures, with their hideous grins and broken faces. Strangely, it is just this creepiness that is peculiar to the B…