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Dynamic Grace from Static Fossils

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.

January 16, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
How Fossil Fish Make Front-Page News

How Fossil Fish Make Front-Page News

Perhaps you’ve heard about Entelognathus primordialis this week. Wait, the scientific name doesn’t ring a bell on its own? What if I refer to it as the 419-million-year old placoderm fish that surprised everyone with its beautifully preserved, surprisingly modern-looking jaw?

September 28, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Putting the Illustrations Before the Text

Putting the Illustrations Before the Text

We’re wrapping up the daily sciart posts today. We hope you’ve enjoyed them! Stay tuned tomorrow for a round-up of the month’s artists and images.

September 30, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Designing Science Tattoos

Designing Science Tattoos

Ink and bones. Depictions of rocky matrix embedded under the skin. Time for a peek at some science tattoo designs, including one I have not shown before: Some of the most rewarding work I do from time to time is designing science-inspired tattoos.

January 28, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Now That’s a Wee Little Infographic

Now That’s a Wee Little Infographic

  53 million years old, and it may be the smallest mammal that has ever lived. Batodonoides vanhouteni was a shrew-like mammal that scientific illustrator Jen Christiansen has deftly described in this illustration.

September 28, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

Largest Flying Bird Ever?

With a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet, Pelagornis sandersi may have been the largest flying bird ever to grace the skies of the Earth. Gone now for some 25 million years, the current living contender for that title belongs to the Royal Albatross – at less than half that wingspan.

July 7, 2014 — Brian Malow
Skeletal Drawing Has Never Looked So Good

Skeletal Drawing Has Never Looked So Good

Dinosaur fossil mounts can be breathtaking in their grandeur. It’s rare that illustrations of the fossils can have that affect. Scott Hartman has been illustrating dinosaur fossil skeletons for years, and is one of the clearest, most detail-oriented illustrators we are lucky to have describe our favourite, dynamic, prehistoric beasties.

September 9, 2013 — Glendon Mellow
A Perfect Museum Photo

A Perfect Museum Photo

Liz Butler and a young artist hard at work at the ROM. Photo by Kiron Mukherjee. This photo, taken a few weeks at the Royal Ontario Museum by ROMKids Assistant Coordinator/force of nature Kiron Mukherjee, captures a perfect museum moment.

February 22, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

A DIY Fossil Hunting Activity for Pre-K Classrooms

The following project constitutes a half-hour activity for 3-, 4-, or 5-year olds. It includes the entire process from finding fossils to putting the recovered pieces together like a puzzle to drawing our best guess at what it looked like in life.

May 23, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
The 500-lb. Chicken From Hell

The 500-lb. Chicken From Hell

Source: 500-Pound "Chicken from Hell" Dinosaur Once Roamed North America by Kate Wong at Observations Illustration credit: Mark Klingler, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Nothing you could find in any hen house could prepare you for the 11.5-foot tall, 500-lb.

March 26, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Skeletal Drawing Has Never Looked So Good

Skeletal Drawing Has Never Looked So Good

Dinosaur fossil mounts can be breathtaking in their grandeur. It’s rare that illustrations of the fossils can have that affect. Scott Hartman has been illustrating dinosaur fossil skeletons for years, and is one of the clearest, most detail-oriented illustrators we are lucky to have describe our favourite, dynamic, prehistoric beasties.

September 9, 2013 — Glendon Mellow
Shields and Spears

Shields and Spears

I love when this group of Alaskan paleoartists has a show – I even have one of their past postcards framed and decorating my sons’ robot-and-dinosaur themed bedroom.

September 18, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, Brewed from Real Fossils!

With craft brewing on the rise and many breweries tinkering with flavorings that range from the somewhat obvious (honey or citrus) to the eyebrow-raising (jalapeño, hemp, or even peanut butter cup) it was only a matter of time before someone stared a 35-million year old fossil in the face and thought, “would you make a [...]

March 25, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
How Much Nature Do We Have to Use?

How Much Nature Do We Have to Use?

Its so easy to slip into debt, but so hard to dig oneself out. Just ask the typical wage earnereven business and national leaders. People who know better still wait for that next paycheck, assumed pay raise or small miracle to help them catch up.

December 12, 2013 — Mathis Wackernagel