Awkward Adaptations

About a month ago I was approached by Meltem Bilgic to see if I had any interest in illustrating the awkward adaptations of nature for a new science blog she was developing.

 

Yes.

 

Yes I do.

 

So much.

 

Fast forward to today. The first article went up yesterday which is about a marsupial that mates itself to death. The cartoon for this, as one might imagine, was very fun to design. Please check it out and subscribe and/or share.

Puppy-sized Dinosaur a.k.a. Aquilops

Once upon a time there was a wee bitty ceratopsian called Aquilops. It's estimated to have been 3.3lbs (1.5kg), had cheek spikes, and all around totes adorbs.

 

Last fall for InkTober, I illustrated a squirrel wearing an Aquilops skull. It was part of a series of illustrations of modern critters wearing the skulls of long extinct critters. I did my best--with what research data I could find--to keep the critter pairings to scale. I felt an Aquilops skull with all its delightful protrusions, would make a fine bony mask for a squirrel.

 

Last week I was contacted by one of the namers of Aquilops, Matt Wedel. He was preparing a blog post about the Aquilops art that has emerged since the naming and had found my weird squirrel. I was delighted and honored to be a part of his quest and I'm happy to inform you that the post is now published. Needless to say, I highly recommend checking it out. There's some amazing Aquilops art out there.

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: There has been an Aquilopsing – have you felt it?