Image of the Week #14, October 24, 2011:

From: Science Art Scumble #26 by Glendon Mellow at Symbiartic.

Original source: Nobu Tamura

After the “Artsy-Kraken” story hit the news the past couple of weeks, scientific illustrator and paleoartist Nobu Tamura sat down and drew this rendition of the ancient cephalopod tagging the ocean midden like a prehistoric Banksy-wannabe. In brief, the explanation by Mark McMenamin, as ably-explained by Sid Perkins of Nature, suggests that a pile of icthyosaur bones represent artfully laid bones and a “signature” perhaps from an enormous cephalopod, despite no modern cephalopods engaging in this behaviour. The image graced Symbiartic this week on Science Art Scumble #26 round-up of links along with two of Tamura’s more typical and less speculative scientific illustrations. Nobu Tamura’s illustrations can be seen on his blog, Paleoexhibit, and he can be found on Twitter @paleofan.