The Plants and Animals - The Age of Reptiles Mural

Geologic periods of The Age of Reptiles mural

Join Yale Peabody Museum curators Jacques Gauthier (Vertebrate Paleontology) and Leo Hickey (Paleobotany) on a prehistoric walk through time, as they discuss the floral and faunal subjects of Rudolph Zallinger’s renowned The Age of Reptiles mural!

These podcasts illuminate the mural’s artistic and scientific secrets. They present Zallinger’s mural in the Peabody’s Great Hall as not only a renowned piece of artwork, but also as a window into how scientists of the mid-1900s viewed the prehistoric world. Read the The Age of Reptiles from right to left, from the Devonian Period about 400 million years ago to the late Cretaceous some 65 million years ago.

Jacques and Leo’s discussion is broken up into three 30 to 40 minute segments:

Special thanks to Leo Hickey and Jacques Gauthier for creating these podcasts and also to Phil Kearney, Frank Clifford and all of the members of Yale’s Broadcast Group!

See also The Making of The Age of Reptiles Mural.


The Age of Reptiles: The Art and Science of Rudolph Zallinger’s Great Dinosaur Mural at YaleAvailable from The Museum Store:
The Age of Reptiles: The Art and Science
of Rudolph Zallinger’s Great Dinosaur Mural at Yale

Revised, full-color guide with full-color poster

Winner of the 2008 Publication Competition “Best in Show” Award from the New England Museum Association


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