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Comptes Rendus Palevol 23 (2)

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01 February 2024


The importance of scientific illustrations in paleontology: a tribute to Diane Scott

Edited by Michel LAURIN, Sean P. MODESTO & Robert R. REISZ

Diane Scott, who dedicated her entire career to the preparation and illustration of vertebrate fossils in the laboratory of Robert R. Reisz, recently retired. She trained several generations of students (including two of the editors of this booklet) and post-docs in these techniques, in which she excelled. Her rigorous approach, particularly to cranial reconstruction, enabled her to play an active role in research and to co-author 43 scientific articles, although her illustrations also appear in many other publications. The compilation of five research articles, the biography and the editorial, all by researchers who personally knew Diane, emphasize the importance of scientific illustrations in paleontology. These articles describe not only the Permo-Carboniferous stegocephalians that Diane specialized in, but also an Upper Permian gorgonopsian, Mesozoic dinosaurs, and even a great white shark tooth still embedded in the calcaneum of the Pliocene seal it ate. This tribute to Diane Scott also highlights the important scientific contribution of preparators and illustrators.

LAURIN M., MODESTO S. P. & REISZ R. R. (eds) 2024. — The importance of scientific illustrations in paleontology: a tribute to Diane Scott/L’importance des illustrations scientifiques en paléontologie : un hommage à Diane Scott. Comptes Rendus Palevol, vol. 23, arts 4-9.

en Diane Scott: extraordinary researcher and scientific illustrator in vertebrate paleontology

Robert R. REISZ & Michael DEBRAGA

59-67, Published on 01 February 2024, art. 23 (4) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue The importance of scientific illustrations in paleontology: a tribute to Diane Scott edited by Michel LAURIN et al.

en Skeletal reconstruction of fossil vertebrates as a process of hypothesis testing and a source of anatomical and palaeobiological inferences

Corwin SULLIVAN et al.

69-83, Published on 05 February 2024, art. 23 (5) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue The importance of scientific illustrations in paleontology: a tribute to Diane Scott edited by Michel LAURIN et al.

en The sternum and interclavicle of Aelurognathus tigriceps (Broom & Haughton, 1913) (Therapsida: Gorgonopsia), with comments on sternal evolution in therapsids

Christian A. SIDOR & Arjan MANN

85-93, Published on 08 February 2024, art. 23 (6) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue The importance of scientific illustrations in paleontology: a tribute to Diane Scott edited by Michel LAURIN et al.

en Visual methods for documenting the preservation of large-sized synapsids at Richards Spur

Tea MAHO et al.

95-105, Published on 12 February 2024, art. 23 (7) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue The importance of scientific illustrations in paleontology: a tribute to Diane Scott edited by Michel LAURIN et al.

en First report in the fossil record of a shark tooth embedded in a pinniped bone

Stephen J. GODFREY et al.

107-118, Published on 15 February 2024, art. 23 (8) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue The importance of scientific illustrations in paleontology: a tribute to Diane Scott edited by Michel LAURIN et al.

en A methodology for skull reconstruction

Michael DEBRAGA et al.

119-129, Published on 19 February 2024, art. 23 (9) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue The importance of scientific illustrations in paleontology: a tribute to Diane Scott edited by Michel LAURIN et al.