Born to an unconventional, free-spirited artist mother and an
eminent paleontologist father, Margaret Matthew chose a career as
an artist specializing in restorations of extinct animals. She
began her career at the American Museum of Natural History in New
York City drawing fossil bones, and there she met her husband, the
noted paleontologist Edwin (Ned) Colbert.
Charming the Bones portrays Margaret's life as the wife of a
famous man, the mother of five sons, and, later in her life, as a
respected restoration artist, illustrator, and sculptor.
Margaret's paintings, drawings, and sculptures grace museums
world-wide and enable the general public, as well as professional
paleontologists, to visualize extinct creatures.