I am a palaeontologist living and working in Alice Springs, in the red centre of Australia. I moved here with my wife and three kids from Johannesburg, South Africa. I used to focus my research on dinosaurs, and it is fair to say I am still a dino nut but these days I work on fossils from the NT, be they turtles, tassie tigers or anything else. In my spare time I like to watch birds, catch beetles, lizards and snakes and generally find out as much about the species around me as I can.
Ok, this is way late but you know how the real world has a habit of intruding on blogging time. Anyway this drawing is one of mine. It depicts what is perhaps the wierdest coelacanth known, Allenypterus montanus, from the Carboniferous of Montana. The bright red coloration was inspired by the resemblance between Allenypterus and the modern Pataecus fronto, a wierd ray-finned fish that is also bright red. There is a lot more I could say about this guy and its relatives - but not today.