Archive for October 2012
This year’s best costume award goes to Inkayacu in steampunk explorer mode. Several years ago, while Julia Clarke and I were planning illustrations for the paper describing Inkayacu, the multi-talented Katie Browne (artist and paleontology student) sketched a mock-up of the general shape of the penguin. Sometimes, when you work too late fossil animals start getting jetpacks and top hats (it has happened before, I’ll admit). Here is the result:
In this month’s issue of Scientific American, Dr. Ewan Fordyce and I present a new article on penguin evolution. I won’t spoil the story, but I will post a teaser of several fossil species brought to life with wonderful realism by artist Stephanie Abramowicz. Astute blog readers may be able to pick out a few favorite species based on their sizes and shapes. If you want to guess each one, I will let you know if you are right in the comments thread. Thanks to Kate Wong for editing our article, and hope you all enjoy it.
Subscribers can check out the story at the Scientific American website. If you don’t have online access, please head to the newsstand to grab a copy.
Fordyce, R.E. and D.T. Ksepka. The Strangest Bird Scientific American 307, 56 – 61 (2012)