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Recreating an Age of Reptiles
Recreating an Age of Reptiles

Recreating an Age of Reptiles


112 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $32.95 (US $32.95) (CA $43.95)

Publication Date: June 2018

ISBN 9781785003349

Rights: US & CA

Crowood Press (Jun 2018)

Price: $32.95


An outstanding look at the dinosaurs and other creatures of the Mesozoic Era, brought to life with habitats and likely behavioral traits across more than 90 paintings

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals pose vast problems for the artist. How do you go about recreating the anatomy and behavior of a creature we've never seen? How can we restore landscapes long lost to time? And where does the boundary between paleontology—the science of understanding fossils—and artistic license lie? In this outstanding book, Mark Witton shares his detailed paintings and great experience of drawing and painting extinct species. The approaches used in rendering these impressive creatures are discussed and demonstrate the problems, as well as the unexpected freedoms, that paleontological artists are faced with. The book showcases more than 90 scientifically credible paintings of some of the most spectacular animals in the Earth's history, as well as many less familiar species.


"Witton's new tribute to pterosaurs gives these fantastic fossil creatures a much-needed makeover in two crucial ways. Not only does the book bring the science of pterosaurs up to date . . . but Witton is a highly-skilled and imaginative artist who ably reconstructs the bones of the animals and brings them back to life in startling poses." —National on Pterosaurs

"The joy of Pterosaurs is how it brings long extinct animals to life." —New Scientist on Pterosaurs

"This really is the ultimate guide to pterosaurs, providing us with a richer view of pterosaur diversity and behaviour . . . and containing a substantial amount of review and analysis of pterosaur ecology and functional morphology." —Scientific American on Pterosaurs

"Learn all about flying reptiles in this artfully illustrated overview of pterosaur research." —Science News on Pterosaurs

"Once dragons flew through Mesozoic skies! They were pterosaurs, and Witton offers a rich and extensive account of what science knows about these extinct creatures . . . For those who want an introduction to flying reptiles or the craft of scientific research, this title is a great choice." —Library Journal on Pterosaurs

"Witton's Pterosaurs is a remarkable visual feast, packed full of novel art as well as excellent photographs that the author clearly worked hard to obtain. There are, in fact, illustrations of some sort on virtually every single page—you will never get bored of looking at this book. . . . If you like or are even vaguely interested in pterosaurs, you really need this book." —Historical Biology on Pterosaurs

"Although the text is mostly technical, directed at an informed audience, it is written with a humorous slant. Everyone will get something out of reading this book . . . This is a fantastic book!" —Canadian Field Naturalist on Pterosaurs

"Though the writing style clearly targets the book to nonexperts, it does not dilute its realized value for professional paleontologists or teachers of paleontology. This is a very skillful presentation: a brief introductory paragraph or two leads quickly into an advanced discussion. The illustrations are excellent, including nice reconstructions by the author and very high-quality photographic reproductions of original key fossils. Overall, this is a very well-done book that belongs in any library with a vertebrate paleontology collection." —Choice on Pterosaurs

Author Biography

Mark P. Witton is an author, paleontological artist, and researcher who has worked with major museums and universities around the world to understand and reconstruct extinct animals. He has acted as consultant to the Walking with Dinosaurs franchise and BBC's Planet Dinosaur. He is the author of Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy.