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The Artist and the Scientists
Bringing Prehistory to Life

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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521162999

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  • 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 more 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.

    • Award-winning author team with many publications, commissioned artworks and exhibitions to their credit
    • Full colour layout with nearly 200 illustrations, comprising stunning reconstruction art pieces (many never before published) from preliminary sketch to finished form, as well as photos of the sites and people involved
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    "Chapters showcase several fine examples of paleontology-related artwork, giving consideration to the intimate association of science and art." ...Recommended." CHOICE

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521162999
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 216 x 21 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • contains: 94 b/w illus. 96 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Geologic time
    1. A new paint box
    2. The dragon chasers
    3. The beginning: Bacchus Marsh Diprotodon
    4. The art of the fossil book
    5. Dinosaurs from China
    6. Wildlife of Gondwana
    7. The dinosaurs of darkness
    8. A Moa mummy: a classic dissection
    9. Magnificent Mihirungs
    10. Where the wind bites: Patagonia
    11. The rise of animals: back to the Precambrian
    12. Chinese and Australian Mesozoic mammals
    13. The last of the mob
    14. The art of humour and enchantment

  • Authors

    Peter Trusler
    Patricia Vickers-Rich is Professor, Chair of Palaeontology, and Founding Director at Monash Science Centre, Monash University.

    Patricia Vickers-Rich, Monash University, Victoria
    Thomas H. Rich has worked at Museum Victoria for 34 years, initially as Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology and presently as a Senior Curator of programs and research.

    Thomas H. Rich, Museum Victoria, Melbourne
    Peter Trusler is a freelance paleo-reconstruction and biological artist and is a zoological science graduate from Monash University.

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