Mark Hallett's blog

Sunday, 5 April, 2020
Mark is currently at work illustrating a new Columbia University Press book on horse paleontology, tentatively titled The Horse: A Natural History, by Eric Scott. The title will  include the most recent fossil equid finds and offer a current perspective on what is known about horse paleobiology and the conservation of wild species.
Saturday, 4 April, 2020
Mark's art of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex, will appear as the jacket cover and selected interior illustrations for a new book, DINOSAURS: What We Know, How We Know by paleobiologist Mary H. Schweitzer and her coauthors. This book will explore the newest discoveries of dinosaurs based on Dr. Schweitzer's molecular biology studies of the ancient animals' soft tissues and bones.
Friday, 3 April, 2020
Mark continues to conduct talks on the latest discoveries about sauropods and other dinosaurs at various locations in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, where he also holds signings of his and his co-author Mattew Wedel's 2016 John Hopkins University Press book, Sauropods: Life In the Age of Giants.
Friday, 3 April, 2020
A new book by Mark Hallett and co-author John M. Harris, "On the Prowl: In Search of Big Cat Origins" (Columbia University Press) is scheduled for publication in June 2020. Reviewed and endorsed by world-renowned wildlife biologist George B. Schaller, it explores the long journey of the big cats through evolutionary time and explains the latest ideas for their conservation. Please go to "Columbia University Press--New Books" and then the "Evolution and Paleontology" section for a preview.
Thursday, 2 April, 2020
Thursday, 2 April, 2020
DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT: The Art of Archaeopteryx now joins Silver Plume Exhibitions" previous traveling exhibit, HATCHING THE PAST to open at a variety of museum venues in the United States beginning in 2015 and extending through 2022. Featuring the painting and sculptural works of Mark Hallett and other paleoartists, the exhibit explores the history of the iconic dinosaur bird's early discovery in 1859 through modern 21st century interpretations.
Sunday, 24 September, 2017
A new paleontology exhibit, “Mammoths: Icons of the Ice Age” opens this weekend at the Urweltmuseum  GEOSKOP at Burg Lichtenberg (Pfalz), Germany. The exhibit features the art of paleoartist and scientific author Mark Hallett, and in addition to actual fossils illustrates the latest discoveries about these giant mammals. The displays are scheduled to run through the fall of 2017.
in 2011 Mark was commissioned by a private collector in Colorado to create a 1:7 scale, polychromed bronze sculpture of Allosaurus fragilis. The concept was derived from a painting done for the Siber & Siber Museum, Switzerland, based on a Late Jurassic mass mortality event at the Howe Quarry,Colorado. Here many dozens of diplodocid sauropods died of dehydration and exposure after they congregated in an ever-dwindling waterhole, and were scavenged by the apex theropod predator. In creating the concept for the bronze, Mark used a figure from the painting's foreground,...
Sculpting the limited edition bronze "The Mammoth Hunter" in 2006 (see SHOP) was preceded by extensive research not only into the anatomy of "Classic" (Middle Mousterian Industry) Neanderthals but also consultation with Dr. Ian Tattersall of the American Museum of Natural History. After creating studies of the head, body and weapons, Mark began with an armature and systematicall applied layers of Sculpey clay to create the final form.