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Ancient Denvers - After Armageddon (Image 8)

June 14, 2010
Ancient Denvers - After Armageddon (Image 8) Time Period: 65 million years ago - Earliest Paleocene Epoch (Mesozoic) In a flash, around 65.5 million years ago, an asteroid the size of Denver struck the shallow seas that covered Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Dinosaurs and their ecosystems were literally blown away. This post-extinction landscape is lush from warm weather and ample rain along the Front Range, but there are only a few types of trees. Extinct relatives of sycamores, walnut trees and palm trees are the most common. Small nocturnal mammals roam the forest floor, none much larger than a raccoon. Turtles and crocodiles are now the largest land animals. [Text used by permission, Denver Museum of Nature & Science.] This image is from Ancient Denvers, an exhibition of paintings depicting the Denver area as it looked during the various phases of our earths geologic past. Using evidence from the core's rocks and sediment, and from geologic evidence gathered in other parts of the area, museum scientists, working with local artists, re-created several ancient Denver landscapes that depict Denver's amazingly varied past. The Ancient Denvers paintings were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) (grant EAR 98-05474). Ancient Denvers is an outreach effort of the Denver Basin research project at the museum. Primary funding for the Denver Basin Project was provided by NSF, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Colorado State Engineer's Office, the United States Geological Survey, the Colorado Division of Water Resources, Elbert County Commissioners, Jefferson County Open Space, the Colorado Natural Areas Council and Prima Energy. To learn more about Ancient Denvers, visit the exhibition homepage. (Date of Image: 2002) [Image 8 of 14 related images. See Next Image.] The Artists The artwork in the Ancient Denvers exhibit includes the combined talents of three experienced artists. --Donna Braginetz is known for her precise renderings of dinosaurs and other ancient life. She painted the first of the Ancient Denvers landscapes -- a reconstruction of the site of Denver International Airport as it looked 65 million years ago. The painting and the public's response to it were the inspiration for expanding the Ancient Denvers project to include thirteen additional landscapes. --Gary Staab is a well-known sculptor and painter of prehistoric animals. His work has appeared on the cover of Natural History magazine. Gary is a former employee of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where he created a number of sculptures for the Prehistoric Journey exhibition. --Jan Vriesen is a world-renowned painter and muralist. He is best known for painting murals that form the backdrops of museum dioramas. At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Jan's work can be seen both in the temporary Ancient Denvers exhibition, as well as in the Kansas Coastline diorama of the permanent Prehistoric Journey exhibition. See "Special Restrictions" for use of this image, below.

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