The University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries are pleased to share an exhibition, and talk, based on the intriguing subject of palaeoart, which is taking place as part of A Pint of Science.
A Pint of Science is a festival that brings scientific theories and concepts to your local pub, the festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research, in an accessible format, by bringing the discussion to the public.
A Natural History of Deep Time is an exhibition that celebrates billions of years of evolution with a gallery of palaeoart: Scientifically-informed artistic recreations of extinct organisms and their world.
The A Natural History of Deep Time exhibition features work from CCI’s Dr Mark Witton, a palaeoartist who works with universities, museums and media production teams around the world to produce scientifically-credible restorations of prehistoric life.
The gallery will show the development of life from its microbial origins to the modern day, focusing on some of the most significant, spectacular and unusual species known from the fossil record.
Visitors will see the bizarre communities of the Cambrian, the first land animals and plants, a myriad of dinosaurs and other fossil reptiles, and the species that shaped the modern world.
The exhibition will be open for staff, students, and the public to visit for free, from 14th May, to 28th June, in the Portsmouth Guildhall Basement Bar.
Alongside the exhibition, there will be a special talked taking place on Thursday 17th May, between 6pm and 7.30pm.
The talk will explain how palaeoart is created, exploring how much is based in science, and how much is whimsy and speculation, as well as the reality of how much we know about the life appearance of fossil animals.
The talk will take place in the Basement Bar of the Portsmouth Guildhall, and will feature Mark Witton, who will discuss how science can rebuild the life appearance of long extinct animals from fossil remains, from understanding their basic proportions and musculature, up to their hair, feathers and even colour.
The fascinating talk is completely free and open to the public, however you must book your place on the A Pint of Science website, and tickets are selling fast.