Since the beginning of the 19th century, lots of artists have presented drawings and illustrations about prehistoric environments and animals. These can sometimes be fictional too. Dinosaurs are one of the most popular prehistoric animals, and a number of movies have been made about them. Every day, archeologists make new discoveries about prehistoric life, studying and uncovering fossils, etc. Therefore, artists combine science with imagination and creativity to illustrate these animals in a realistic manner.
However, this task is greatly challenging. It’s extremely difficult to arrive at a conclusion regarding the physical appearance of an animal just by studying a cluster of fossils. For instance, a shared bone structure can be seen among many prehistoric reptiles. However, their outer appearances were different. In the present, however, with the use of advanced technology, both archeologists and illustrators can learn about their actual appearances. Isn’t that incredible? “Paleorex” on Instagram is a paleoartist that depicts how prehistoric animals would’ve looked like in the past. He presents their appearance from millions of years ago by making 3D renders of these creatures.
As claimed by the Encyclopedia, paleoart refers to original artistic works that present prehistoric life based on scientific evidence. This includes facts represented by fossil remains, artistic imaginations of prehistoric creatures and their ecosystems, etc. So, what do you think about the striking illustrations below? Check them out and share your thoughts with us in the comments.
#20 Spinosaurus Hunting
Image credits: Instagram – paleorex