Saturday, October 07, 2006

Monster Fossil


The BBC reports that a big treasure trove of 150-million-year-old giant marine fossils have been discovered by palaeontologists from the University of Oslo's Natural History Museum on the Arctic island chain of Svalbard - about halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole. Read about it here.

And check out the cool painting here by Tor Sponga, too, of his interpretation of what these gigantic creatures would have looked like. There's a fascinating and specialized branch of illustration, if there ever was one. You need to be part scientist, part naturalist, and part artist in bringing bones to uncanny life.
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