Good evening, I am John Conway, and I make art of very old things, and of new things I have made up. I have a podcast about animals with Darren Naish, and have written and illustated two books with Darren and C.M. Kosemen. My art is funded by people like you through Patreon.

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All Yesterdays

Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals

Cryptozoologicon: Volume I

The Biology, Evolution, and Mythology of Hidden Animals

Crossing the Flats

This painting is a re-imagining of a classic work by Mark Hallett, of Mamenchisaurus"Crossing the Flats" – that graces the cover of Dinosaurs Past and Present: Volume I.

Mark's work is long and flat, fitting for the great mamenchisaur with its unbelievably long neck held horizontally, which was the thinking at the time. We're now swinging around to a more vertical neck pose for these animals, perhaps surprisingly so, and it got me to wondering what such a painting would look like now. So here it is.

Based largely on a skeletal by Scott Hartman.


Some of the dinosaurs Tendaguru formation gather in the most naturalistic way I could make them.

The little black and white ones are Dryosaurus, the spikey one Kentrosaurus, the long-necked ones on the left some sort of Barosaur (possibly)*, foreground long-neck are Giraffatitan, and behind them in the distance, Dicraeosaurus. In the foreground is the strange theropod Elaphrosaurus.

This painting shares similarities with another painting I did of some sauropods, but this one actually came first.

*This is based on a painting I did in 1998, so it includes animals that have changed taxanomic status somewhat.


Loook into her eye, she has some serious things to say to you.

Nemegtosaurus was a sauropod dinosaur that lived in Mongolia about 70 million years ago. It might be the same animal as Opisthocoelicaudia, since Nemegtosaurus is only know from a head, and Opisthocoelicaudia only from a body.