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[Prehistoric scenes] [art original] / [Rob Barber]

Identifier: Floor 6, Stack 6-38, shelf F-2

Scope and Contents

The paintings were made for the Wallach Orientation Center, which introduces visitors to the key concepts presented in the Museum's fossil halls: the Hall of Vertebrate Origins, the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing, and the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing of Mammals and Their Extinct Relatives. The paintings were removed in September 2015 when the Museum began to renovate the Center. Paintings signed RJB or R; a few are dated in back.


  • 1995-1996



12 Items : 12 paintings : oil on canvas ; 37 x 128 cm.


Paintings listed as shelved.

  1. Early Permian (280 million years ago) in Texas, with Orthascanthus (a shark) in the foreground and Eryeps (a tetrapod) in the background, among other vertebrates.
  2. Cretaceous dinosaurs (from 107 million years ago) in Montana and Wyoming.
  3. Cretaceous dinosaurs: Velociraptor, Ankylosaurus, Saurornitholestes, Triceratops, Hadrosaurus.
  4. Miocene (10 million years ago) in southern South Dakota, with the Black Hills in the far background. Animals depicted (clockwise from front center): Teleoceras, Neohipparion, Platybelodon, Eucastor, Procamelus, Aelurodon.
  5. Oligocene (32 million yeard ago) in the northern Great Plains of Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Animals depicted (from left to right): Hypertragulus (foreground), Merycoidodon (middle ground), Hyracodon (background), Mesohippus, Hoplophoneus (a saber-toothed nimravid carnivore) and Archaeotherium South Dakota. The forest consists primarily of mixed deciduous trees and conifers, confined to the vicinity of the stream and nearby floodplain.
  6. Pleistocene (about 19,000 years ago) in the Los Angeles Basin, with a saber-toothed cat (Smilodon), dire wolves (Canisdirus), giant ground sloth (Paramylodon), Columbian mammoths (Mammut huscolumbi) and a herd of Equus scotti, a species that died out at the end of the Pleistocene.
  7. Cretaceous dinosaurs of Mongolia (72 million years ago). Depicted are, from left to right: Saurornithoides, Pinacosaurus, Protoceratops, Mononykus, Velociraptor and Oviraptor.
  8. Jurassic dinosaurs (from 140 million ears ago)
  9. Eocene subtropical forest surrounding the Green River Lake system, southwestern Wyoming (32 million years ago). Animals depicted include Orohippus (right)
  10. Eocene of Green River, Wyoming. Animals depicted (from left to right): Saniwa, Diplomystus, Baena, Leidyosuchus, "Tryonix" or Plastomenus (foreground), Boavus.
  11. Devonian Era underwater scene.
  12. Early Jurassic era in Germany (180 million years ago. Depicted are marine animals (from left to right,: Plesiosaurus, Stenopterygius, Mystriosaurus, Dapedium and Hybodus) with pterosaurs (Campylognathoides) flying above the water.

Related Materials

AMNH 4 x 5" transparency nos. 5793-5804.

Indexed in

Early Permian (280 million years ago) in Texas (item 1): AMNH. The Hall of Vertebrate Origins. 1996. cover (detail only)
Eocene of Green River, Wyoming (item 10): Dingus, Lowell. Next of kin, page 39
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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