Moderators: Hugo Salais-López1 and Francesc Gascó2

1 Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana, Spain

2 Evolutionary Biology Group, UNED, Spain

 

The term “paleoart” refers to the artistic discipline that attempts to depict extinct lifeforms according to the knowledge available at the time of the artwork’s creation. Since its inception during the 19th century, paleoart has walked hand-in-hand with paleontology, aiding the latter in conferring a visual reality to its object of study and in the diffusion of its ideas. So much so that, throughout its history, paleoart has driven the collective imagination on extinct life forms and shaped how we envision the remote past.

Hence, this discipline ultimately strives to bring prehistoric beings and its environments back to life in an accurate and realistic fashion. This task requires not only well-developed artistic skills, but also a thorough study of the fossil evidence, in order to collect as much information as possible on as many aspects as possible of the portrayed subjects (inner and outer anatomy, biomechanics, paleobiology, behaviour, environment, ecology, etc). This is a large endeavour for a single individual and must rather be the result of a collective effort of paleoartists, palaeontologists and further specialists.

In this context, this workshop intends to offer a common meeting point for paleoartists and palaeontologists (as well as paleoart enthusiasts) and favour the exchange of ideas and cooperation between these colectives, which contribute together to the development and promotion of paleoart.