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Fossil Artist Meg Bernstein (b. 1943)

Meg Bernstein lives far away from any sedimentary rocks that would provide the fossils for her art. She chose to depict the curious animals that are preserved in the famous Burgess Shale deposit in British Columbia, Canada (Collier 1983), while auditing a course on evolution taught at Paul Smith's College in northern New York State. Of her instructor, she states: “He [Dr. J. C. Stager] inspired me to do the series on the Ediacara (named for the Ediacara Hills in South Australia, Australia) and Burgess Shale fossils.” In addition to illustrating fossils, Bernstein also has been teaching art courses at Paul Smith's College for the past six years and presently is working on a drawing of a much larger specimen from the ice ages—a mastodon.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.

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