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Dynamic Grace from Static Fossils

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Tiktaalik reconstruction © Kalliopi Monoyios

 

From: Scientists Discover the Very First Hipster

Source: Kalliopi Monoyios

While photography is often the preferred way to document scientific phenomena, there’s an area where scientific illustration rules: the fossil record. Scientific American Blogs’ own Kalliopi Monoyios has been documenting Tiktaalik with Neil Shubin’s lab since the beginning, seeing

The composition of Monoyios’s illustration is one of movement: the graceful bottom skimmer contrasts with the dynamic thrust of the Tiktaalik who seems to be regarding us with a commentary of small, capable teeth. The emphasis on left-to-right and vertical movement in this illustration not only appears graceful, it serves to highlight locomotion. Locomotion is the center of the latest discovery: a ball and socket hip joint.

There’s no doubt Tiktaalik has been a charming creature for science-fans since its debut. Each time there is more to learn about this compelling animal, Kalliopi Monoyios has more compelling illustrations to show us.

-Glendon Mellow

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Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at www.glendonmellow.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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