Mauricio Antón (Bilbao, 1961) is a professional paleontological illustrator since 1988, when he contributed with his illustrations to the exhibition History of Life and the Earth of the National Museum of Natural Sciences-CSIC. Since then he has worked for numerous exhibitions in museums around the world, from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, to the National Museum of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. In 2006 he won the Lanzendorf prize of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology for the best scientific illustration. His work as an illustrator is inseparable from his work as a researcher, which has led him to publish numerous scientific articles in impact journals. He is the author and illustrator of the books The Secret of Fossils (Aguilar 2007, honorable mention in the Prisma Awards of the House of Sciences of La Coruña) and Sabertooth (Indiana University Press, 2013, 2014 Gold Medal of the Independent Publisher Awards at best scientific book published in USA), and is also co-author and illustrator of many others, including The Big Cats and their Fossil Relatives with Alan Turner (Columbia Univesity Press, 1997). He has published and illustrated numerous popular articles, and has collaborated with the BBC and National Geographic in the production of paleontological documentaries.
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