Make the Lanzendorf-NatGeo Paleoart Prize Open to Invertebrate Paleoartists

Make the Lanzendorf-NatGeo Paleoart Prize Open to Invertebrate Paleoartists

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Kate LoMedico Marriott started this petition to Tyler Keillor

The Lanzendorf-National Geographic Paleoart Prize is an annual competition that is generally recognized as the pinnacle of paleoartistic honors. It is hosted annually by the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology and National Geographic.

However, the award excludes invertebrate entries, which are just as important to the field and require just as much skill as vertebrate entries. The award home page reads: "PaleoArt is broadly defined as the scientific or naturalistic rendering of paleontological subject matter pertaining to vertebrate fossils." Most paleoartists focus on vertebrates, but most fossils are of invertebrates. The minority of paleoartists concentrating on invertebrates have limited career development opportunities such as this within the field itself.

Even if an invertebrate award were to be created, it could be years before it were recognized as being on par with the Lanzendorf on artists' CVs and other places. As the award is hosted by two organizations, and only one of them is focused solely on vertebrates, we feel that it is time to give invertebrate paleobiological reconstructionists an equal chance in the Lanzendorf Paleoart Prize.

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