The Unpetrified Forest - by Margaret Matthew Forest Margaret wrote this poem to accompany a mural she painted based on the Triassic fauna of Petrified Forest National Park. Guest artwork by Brigid Christison.
How to Kill a Cockroach & Limerick for Loxolophus - by Jay Artemis Hull These poems were inspired by murals in the Michigan State University Museum’s Hall of Evolution. Later they were a part of a fossil poetry workshop developed by Jay themself. Guest artwork by Katrin Emery.
Observation to a Whail - by Julia Pepper In the mid-1800s, a beluga skeleton was dug up, near Charlotte, Vermont. This was a source of wonder for the locals, and quickly became an attraction at the State House. Julia Pepper wrote this poem in honour of the whale. Guest artwork by John Meszaros.
Wake Up, Little Stevie - by Christina Olson Christina was inspired by her time as a poet-in-residence at the Western Science Center. She wrote about Little Stevie and several other mastodons Guest artwork by Allison Hull.
Similar Cases - by Charlotte Perkins Gilman This is the first half of a much longer poem, featuring "similar cases" of different mammalian ancestors aspiring to be the species we see today. It's social commentary on how society is able to change. Guest artwork by Dr. Dani Fraser
The Tilly-bat - by Dr. Glenn Jepsen This poem is unique in that it involves not one by three palaeontologists! Central to the poem is the founder of palaeoneurology and first female president of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Dr. Tilly Edinger. Possibly the nerdiest of all Palaeopoems, this one summarizes a friendly (and still unresolved) feud about a fossilized braincase and which extinct mammal it may have belonged to. Guest artwork by Greer Stothers.