Mark P. Witton

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Mark Paul Witton is a British vertebrate palaeontologist, author, and palaeoartist best known for his research and illustrations concerning pterosaurs, the extinct flying reptiles that lived alongside dinosaurs. He has worked with museums and universities around the world to reconstruct extinct animals, including as consultant to the Walking with Dinosaurs franchise and BBC's Planet Dinosaur, and has published several critically acclaimed books on palaeontology and palaeoart.[2]

Mark P. Witton
Alma materUniversity of Portsmouth[1]
Known forPalaeontology, pterosaur research, palaeoart
Life restoration of Quetzalcoatlus by Mark Witton

Witton obtained a palaeobiology and evolution degree, his Ph.D., from the University of Portsmouth, where he currently works as support staff. Witton's scientific research has revolved largely around the habits, behaviors, systematics and nomenclature of pterosaurs.[3] His 2013 book Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy explores the anatomy, ecology and extinction of pterosaurs, in addition to being fully illustrated.[4][5]

Witton's palaeoart is regarded as part of the modern, '"anatomically-rigorous" movement.[6][2] He has published a book detailing his experience of reconstructing extinct animals in art,[7] and he also published a "handbook" on the interaction of science and art to produce palaeoart, which was released in August 2018.[8]


  1. ^ "Mark About". Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b White, Steve (2017). Dinosaur Art II: The Cutting Edge of Paleoart. Titan Books. pp. 136–153. ISBN 978-1785653988.
  3. ^ "Mark Witton on". Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Witton, Mark P. (2013). Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691150611.
  5. ^ Switek, Brian (June 4, 2013). "The Great Pterosaur Makeover". Laelaps. National Geographic. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Conway, John; Kosemen, C.M.; Naish, Darren (2012). All Yesterdays. London: Irregular Books. ISBN 978-1291177121.
  7. ^ Witton, Mark P. (2018). Recreating an Age of Reptiles. Crowood Press. ISBN 978-1785003349.
  8. ^ Witton, Mark P. (2018). The Palaeoartist's Handbook: Recreating prehistoric animals in art. Crowood Press. ISBN 978-1785004612.

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