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With great sorrow I report the sudden death of Dave Thomas on the 17th
of last month. Dave died almost instantly at home, probably of a
massive heart attack.
Dave had few equals as a sculptor of convincing models of dinosaurs
and other prehistoric animals. His _Ceratosaurus_ is one of my
favorite pieces, and I'm sure many of you have seen the life-sized
_Pentaceratops_ and _Albertosaurus) Dave did for the New Mexico
Museum. Dave blended an artist's sensitivity with a naturalist's
attention to detail.
Dave and I worked together on Early Cretaceous dinosaur footprints in
the bed of the Paluxy River at Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose,
Texas. Some of you have undoubtedly seen the short article we did on
R.T. Bird's interpretation of the Paluxy's theropod-sauropod "chase"
sequence of trackways for Scientific American a couple years ago.
Last year Dave and I worked on location at Dinosaur Valley and his
studio on a film about the chase sequence ("Dinosaur Attack") that is
scheduled to be aired on the Discovery Channel on September 6th. We
had a great time making this film, agreeing and disagreeing in an
animated fashion over the details of interpreting what the two
dinosaurs were doing.
I know Dave had a ball working on this film. When you see it, I hope
you will think of him, and be as wowed by the life-sized
_Acrocanthosaurus_ model he sculpted for it as I was. Paleoart has
truly lost one of its giants.