Jay Matternes

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Miocene landscape as envisioned by Matternes

Jay Howard Matternes (born April 14, 1933) is an American painter and paleoartist, whose work recreating early mammals from the Oligocene, Miocene and Pliocene epochs were widely published in the 1950s, including in the Time Life Books series. His work is in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Natural History.[1] His restorations frequently appeared in magazines such as National Geographic, and Time, making him among the best-known scientific illustrators.[2] He is also known for his paintings of birds. Matternes was born in the Philippines and lives in Fairfax, Virginia.[3]


  1. ^ Debus, Allen; Debus, Diane E. (2002). "Jay Matternes: Cenozoic Paleoartist". Dinosaur Memories. iUniverse. pp. 518–522. ISBN 978-1-4697-2194-1. 
  2. ^ Wiber, Melanie G. (1997). Erect Men/Undulating Women: The Visual Imagery of Gender, "Race" and Progress in Reconstructive Illustrations of Human Evolution. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. pp. 72–. ISBN 978-0-88920-557-4. 
  3. ^ The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Presents the 1983 Birds in Art Exhibition ̣. Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. 1983. p. 92. 

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