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The Palaeoartist’s Handbook
The Palaeoartist’s Handbook

The Palaeoartist’s Handbook

Recreating Prehistoric Animals in Art

ART

224 Pages, 8.75 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $45.00 (US $45.00) (CA $60.95)

Publication Date: April 2019

ISBN 9781785004612

Rights: US & CA

Crowood Press (Apr 2019)

Price: $45.00
 
 

Overview

A guide to paleoartistry that outlines how fossil animals and environments can be reconstructed from their fossilized remains

Extinct worlds live again in paleoart: artworks of fossil animals, plants, and environments carefully reconstructed from paleontological and geological data. Such artworks are widespread in popular culture, appearing in documentaries, museums, books, and magazines, and inspiring depictions of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals in cinema. This book outlines how fossil animals and environments can be reconstructed from their fossils, explaining how paleoartists overcome gaps in fossil data and predict "soft-tissue" anatomies no longer present around fossil bones. It goes on to show how science and art can meet to produce compelling, interesting takes on ancient worlds, and explores the goals and limitations of this popular but rarely discussed art genre.

Author Biography

Mark Witton is a paleontological artist, author, and researcher whose clients include the Natural History Museum, the BBC, and National Geographic.