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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2006 Awardees 2006 (Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize) 3-Dimensional Art — Michael Anderson
2006 3D Lanzendorf
            Prize Winner
Torosaurs statue by Michael Anderson.
Top: Michael Anderson. Bottom: Torosaurus statue by Anderson. Photos courtesy of Michael Anderson.

Right out of art school, Michael Anderson took a job in the Vertebrate Paleontology Department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Not even sure what vertebrate paleontology meant, he was put to work reconstructing the skeleton of Meiolania, a horned turtle from the Cretaceous. This, and other work at the museum, kindled an interest in anatomy. After completing a medical illustration program in Chicago, where he learned medical modelmaking, maxillofacial prosthetics, and facial reconstruction, Michael became a preparator at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale. At the Peabody Museum, he has produced an oversized Luna moth, the prehistoric giant dragonfly Meganueropsis, and facial reconstructions of Neanderthal and Australopithecus.

The Torosaurus statue was a collaborative project with many other talented artists and paleontologists. The artist would like to thank all those who helped in its making.