Welcome to Superoceras, a blog about science and natural history, slightly biased towards paleontology and zoology, but inclusive of all sciences. Started in October of 2009, my goal is to communicate scientific knowledge (and the occasional piece of nonsense) in an informative and entertaining manner. Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or criticism at superoceras(at)gmail(dot)com, and follow me on Twitter @Superoceras for all that and more in 140 characters or less!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Interweb Science of the Week #8

This is probably long overdue, even if we're only eight Fridays into "Interweb Science of the Week". This edition features a website that, for the last two years, has been "the home of Paleo-Art online", hosted 12 galleries, written over 450 posts, and showcased the work of more artists than I can count. That's right folks; this week, ISW goes to none other than the "crew" over at ART Evolved: Life's Time Capsule.

The recently updated ART Evolved banner, from ART Evolved, by five different, uncredited artists.

For those who might not think that drawing dinosaurs and other extinct critters is really science, let me assure you, the art of paleontological reconstruction and restoration is a science all to itself. Becoming a professional scientific/medical illustrator, in general, often involves just as much preparation and study as becoming a medical doctor. When you're working with fragmentary or deformed remains of creatures long gone, it makes things even more difficult. The level of detail and research that goes into some of the work I've seen is mindblowing. And for myself (an amateur/hobbyist, at best, when it comes to technique and the science of reconstruction) or anyone interested in paleo-art or paleontology in general, ART Evolved is a fantastic resource, and offers reconstruction tips, insightful articles, and the opportunity for anyone and everyone to submit their work and have it showcased on the website. They are an important and vibrant community that is not only here to support those with an interest in paleo-art, but to serve the public as well. They really do create "paleo-art for a difference", and their efforts have not gone unnoticed here at Superoceras.

If you haven't already, go check out their most recent gallery/time capsule, which features the Phorusrhacids, also known as "terror birds". And don't miss out on past galleries either. In fact, just spend time looking at everything you see there. You won't be disappointed, I'm sure.

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