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Palaeoartist's Handbook - Recreating Prehistoric Animals in Art

By Mark Witton

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ISBN: 9781785004612
PUBLISHED: 06/09/2018
PAGES: 224
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 280x220 mm
INSIDE: 195 colour images

Extinct worlds live again in palaeoart: artworks of fossil animals, plants and environments carefully reconstructed from palaeontological 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 palaeoartists 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.


  • Multiple chapters with dozens of illustrations of fossil animal reconstruction, with specific guidance on fossil amphibians, mammals and their fossil relatives, and a myriad of fossil reptiles (including dinosaurs)
  • Explores how best to present diverse fossil animal forms in art - how best to convey size, proportion and motion in landscapes without familiar reference points
  • Explains essential techniques for the aspiring palaeoartists, from understanding geological time and evolutionary relationships to rebuilding skeletons and muscles
  • Suggests where and how to gather reliable sources of data for palaeoartworks
  • Includes a history of palaeoart, outlining the full evolution of the medium from ancient times to the modern day
  • Examines stylistic variation in palaeoart
  • Showcases diverse artworks from world-leading contemporary palaeoartists

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" Its no exaggeration to say that Dr Mark P Witton is, right now, one of the world's best known and most visible of palaeoartists. Combine this with the fact that he's published a long-sought hly grail of the palaeoart canon - a palaeoart handbook - and we surely have one of the most important and worthy palaeoart-themed volumes of all time. "
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Reviewed By: Tetrapod Zoology Podcast

" This is a joyous combination of scientific fact and artistic interpretation that has much to offer readers - this is a 'coffee table book' that will entertain and draw you back time and again. Enjoy! "
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Reviewed By: Open University Geological Society

" As well as being an invaluable guide for palaeoartists, this would be an enjoyable and informative read for those with a general interest in palaeontology or the interface between science and art. "
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Reviewed By: The Biologist

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