The Artist and the Scientists Bringing Prehistory to Life presents the extraordinary lives and works of eminent paleontologists Patricia Vickers Rich and Tom Rich, and Peter Trusler, one of the finest artists of scientific realism Australia has produced Over than thirty years, Patricia, Tom and Peter have travelled across Eastern Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Australia and New Zealand in search of the remains of early life, including fish, dinosaurs, birds and mammals Their successful expeditions, and the many publications and exquisite artworks that have ensued, are a testament to their scientific methodology, thirst for knowledge and eye for detail The book follows the development of selected works of art covering the last 600 million years of the geological record Told from the viewpoints of both scientist and artist, the reader is given a unique insight into the process of preserving and recording the evolution of prehistoric life....
|Title||:||The Artist and the Scientists: Bringing Prehistory to Life|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press 1 edition September 20, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||322 pages|
|File Size||:||981 KB|
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Australia has a number of unusual areas for paleontological study. The first is megafauna. As with North America, Australia was the home of many large animals that are now extinct. The distinction is that (even now) almost all the mammals were marsupials, so there was the marsupial equivalent of lions, bears, cows, etc. In addition, there were crocodile-sized monitor lizards, and very large flightless birds. The second area where Australia stands out is Precambrian fossils, specifically the Ediacaran fauna. Finally, while the dinosaur fossils in Australia are somewhat fragmentary compared to North America, it is clear that Australian dinosaurs are interesting in two ways: Australia was at the South Pole in the Cretaceous so we have examples of dinosaurs that had to live in extremes of cold climate. Also, a number of branches of dinosaurs, amphibians, and mammal-like reptiles that were extinct elsewhere survived longer in Australia. For example, allosaurids (Allosaurus being the most common example) died out at the end of the Jurassic in North America, but survived into the Cretaceous in Australia.
This book illustrates how scientists and artists can work together to forward out knowledge of prehistoric times. Each depends on the other to produce an impression a lost world.