Tyler Keillor has been preparing fossils, creating skeletal restorations, and sculpting flesh reconstructions of prehistoric life at the University of Chicago since 2001.  A life-long love of natural history, and a mission to combine art and science, has driven Tyler as he continues to create paleontological reconstructions for researchers and institutions around the world.

Skull restorations

If your specimen is disarticulated, partially weathered, missing bones, or otherwise incomplete, I can build a restored skull model for display.  Using casts or prototyped data from the original fossils, I’ll reassemble the skull and sculpt the lost anatomy to enhance the impact of your announcement, press release, or exhibition.


Flesh reconstructions

A life-model can be one of the most powerful visual means of conveying your discovery to the public. Starting with a restored skull, and using extensive comparative anatomical reference from extant and extinct taxa, I can sculpt a richly detailed and convincingly lifelike bust to accompany your announcement, press release, or exhibition.


Image use

Prior to museum installation, I’ve taken my sculptures to primeval outdoor locations, lush conservatories, and sometimes studio settings, to photograph from interesting angles and lighting situations.  My photos capture a spark of life, and are available to make compelling illustrations in exhibitions, magazine articles, popular science books, and textbooks. 


Consultation and presentations

I’ve enjoyed sharing my experiences and techniques with those needing assistance or demonstration.  From museum consultation to scout-group presentation, I can bring my expertise to bear on the challenge.

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