Earthling Bulletin #1

by Rafael Silva do Nascimento and Piter Kehoma Boll

The first known image of a living Myanmar snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus strykeri), acquired by camera trap.

The first known image of a living Myanmar snub-nosed monkey, acquired by camera trap. Image on public domain, 2012.

We want to bring every month a post of this bulletin with natural history network itens that catch our attention. Every month we will write the article and along with it bring to light his view on things, such as news, related blog entries, reviews on books, artistry and so on.

News

Blog

Posts on nature blogroll that catched our attention this month:

Books

  • The Blind Watchmaker, by Richard Dawkins. If you still haven’t quite understood how evolution could shape all lifeforms on our planet, you’ll be fascinated by how everything is so simple and perfectly possible after reading this great book by one of the most influent biologists of our time.

Art
Here are some pictures that came to light in this month and in my opinion deserve an place under the sun:

  • Carcharodontosaurus sanagasta” by Jorge Antonio Gonzalez – Gonzalez made this 10 meter long model of polyester resin with Ernesto Rodriguez, Cecilia and James Dellagiovanna, Sebastian Perez Parry and Maria de los Angeles Meza, with Gonzalez himself participating in sculpture and art direction. A great detailed model with eyes that don’t show the expression of monsters we usually see in those theropods. This is the main point that made me like it.
  • Ceratosaurus” by Sergey Krasovskiy  – high detailed picture in a superb traditional artwork. Krasovskiy pictures always present us incredible scenarios with accurate and dynamic animals.
  • Coelodonta nihowanensis” by Chen Yu – skull and reconstruction of this obscure rhinoceros from Early Pleistocene of China. Chen’s gallery on DeviantArt is full of amazing compositions featuring extinct mammals that usually are out of the focus of the sight of the  general reader.
  • Fisher King revisited” by Scott Hartman – Hartman’s technical drawings are, along with Gregoy Paul’s, a reference for most of the recent popular paleontological pictures we see in internet. A place he deserve, of course, with his pictures being product of deep research. This time, Spinosaurus aegypticus skeleton, which the original finds were destroyed by a bombardment during the World War II.
  • “The Vicious Lizard of Madagascar” by Julio Lacerda – this composition make us think we are looking direct into a photograph of a long-gone creature. Lacerda’s pictures really catch my attention for being digital without looking ”plastic”, for being very accurate anatomically and making the dinosaurs looking the animals they were, not monsters. Yes, I really don’t like dinosaurs being depicted as creatures from hell with an insatiable thirsty for blood and destruction.
  • “The Pampa Killer” by Jennifer Viegas – good to see a familiar name illustrating an article telling the world about the discovery of this Brazilian synapsid.
  • Singapore – Panorama IV” by Yousef Al Habshi – an amazing view of Singapore and the ocean behind, where you can also see the city sadly growing over the forest.

Scientific Articles

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Bulletins

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s