Vertebrate Paleontology

Mark A. Klingler

Mark A.
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080

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Academic Training

  • Post–Baccalaureate 1997, Painting & Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • BFA 1990, Graphic Design, Carnegie Mellon University

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General Interests

I have a great personal interest in educating other artists about the study and research of mammal anatomy for the purposes of fossil reconstruction. My background is in graphics and fine art, so I use traditional media for the initial depiction of these primitive creatures. Computer graphics then allow me to manipulate the images so that they can be distributed via various media (print, web, film, etc.), or used for research purposes. Nature is a constant inspiration in my production of two- and three-dimensional interpretations for gallery displays and education through demonstrations, lectures, and workshops.


  • Reconstruction of primitive mammals and other fauna from the fossil record
  • Illustration of specimens for scientific publications and exhibition graphics
  • Computer graphics for lectures, proposals, publications, and press releases
  • Digital photography for research and publications

Recent ProjectsWoodpecker


  • Castorocauda - diving mammalAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and National Science Foundation (NSF): Finalist, Visualization Challenge 2005, 2006 
  • Science Magazine: February 24, 2006 issue, cover image of Castorocauda lutrasimilis
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology: 2003 Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize for Scientific Illustration 
  • Science Magazine: May 25, 2001 issue, cover image of Hadrocodium wui
  • PA Wild Resource Agency: 1993 Butterflies & Skippers of Pennsylvania poster (third reprinting in process)
  • Fish and Game Commission of California: 1993 Native Species Conservation Stamp 
  • National Scholarship Trust Fund, Graphic Arts Technical Foundation: Beck’s Award 
  • Print New Jersey Association: Print New Jersey Award 

Selected Publications

  • Carnegie Magazine, “Carnegie for Kids”: Full-color illustration of Quetzalcoatlus. For kids to cut out and assemble their own flying reptile.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Magazine 
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History Marketing: Depiction of Diplodocus carnegii. Images used for posters, pamphlets, banners, press releases, etc.
  • HadrocodiumCarnegie Museum of Natural History Museum-on-the-Move van: Created design and implemented installation in coordination with Education department.
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Co-Chair, PaleoArt exhibition, 2004.
  • Discover Magazine
  • Dragonfly, National Science Teachers Assoc. Magazine: Back cover & T-shirt design.
  • Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life, children’s book, Dorling Kindersley. 2001.
  • Frontiers, PBS website. December 2000.
  • International Professionals for Advancement of Chinese Earth Sciences (IPACES): Society's logo design.
  • Johns Hopkins Magazine
  • Linzey Vertebrate Biology. College text. McGraw Hill Publishing. 2001.
  • National Geographic 
  • Nature Magazine: Jeholodens reconstruction. May 2001.
  • New Book of Popular Science Online. Grolier Educational.
  • Phipps Conservatory Bulletin 
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
  • Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators: Chair, Carnival of Illustration group show, 2004.
  • Pittsburgh Tribune Review 
  • Pro Tem (The Lepidopterists’ Society)
  • Science Magazine: Cover image, "New Paleo Discovery." June 2001.
  • Science Magazine: “Scientists flock to explore China’s ‘Site of the Century.’” Vol. 279: March 1998.
  • Scientific American: “The Big Picture, 208,000,000 years ago, Life’s Really Big Questions.”

Current and Former Affiliations

Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
American Society of Botanical Artists
Guild of American Papercutters
Typocrafter's Society

Selected Lectures and Shows

American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fur, Feathers & Fossils
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: The Art of Nature
Associated Artists of Butler County: Wildlife Art, Featured Artist
Audubon Society: The Study of Insects: Science to Art
Bell Museum of Natural History: Beauty and Biology
Carnegie Mellon University: Fur, Feathers & Fossils
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Oakland Museum for Natural Design
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Pittsburgh Art Institute
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: Best in show, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators Group Show
Pittsburgh Illustrators Society
PNC Bank Featured Artist
Powdermill Nature Reserve: Art from Wildlife
Slippery Rock University Gallery 164
Smithsonian Institution: Insect Model-makingSouthern Alleghenies Museum of Art
Washington Gallery (Pennsylvania)
West Virginia University