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Tag: biodiversity

Beautiful biodiversity pictures made from fern leaves. #whoa

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By Helen Ahpornsiri/, via Colossal.

Also known as “Phylogenetic Analysis of Magical Creatures.” A Harry Potter themed phylogenomics paper.

Attention to detail is pretty cool. One of my favourite parts (apart from the phylogenetic tree itself) is the post note that says: “Genetic sequences for all genes will be provided upon request. Due to magical laws, we are unable to publish them on GenBank.”

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Holy crap! It’s a photo of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker!

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Photo by Martin Le-May (see here for more details) via io9.

Super fast and epic summary of the Earth’s evolutionary history.

This is really nicely done*

Crash Course Big History episode with John Green, Hank Green, and Emily Graslie (link).

* I caught one small error during the lifting weights bit.

Lego birds, designed by Thomas Poulsom, now on sale.

These, apparently, are going very quickly. Click here to purchase.

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Via Colossal. More on Thomas’ work here.

Underwater biodiversity done in stunning paper craft. The word you’re looking for is “wow.”

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By Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker (link), via Colossal.

Origami crease patterns: more beautiful than you would expect.

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By Robert J. Lang. He also has a wide range of amazing origami books – available here.

This is what it looks like when you attempt to showcase many many bioluminescent organisms in a single graphic.

It looks stunning!

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By Eleanor Lutz.

Holy crap! Stunning paper birds!

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By Diana Beltran Herrera, via Colossal

Paper craft microbial art. #beautiful

Whoa…

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By Rogan Brown, via Colossal.

Stunning steam punk mammals. Wow, definitely worth a look.

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By John Lopez, via My Modern Met

These embroidered leaves are beautiful.

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By Hillary Fayle, via Colossal

Darwin Phylo deck in progress: Part 2. In which we show more graphical awesomeness! #darwindeck

So, we have a few more pieces of Darwinian art to show, continuing from our first look see. As mentioned before, all of this art is in preparation of a Phylo trading card game that revolves around the many species that Darwin took note of during his “Voyage of the Beagle.”

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Above is a mock up of one of the “Event Cards.” This was drawn by Rachel Ignotofsky (website, instagram), which also came with the 3 new images shown below (to add to the 4 shown previously).

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As well, here is another card mock up below, with another iconic inclusion, the HMS Beagle itself:

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Here, the artwork was created by Robert M. Ball (website, instagram, twitter). Not sure if you remember from the previous “work in progress” post, but Rob has made his 8 commissions into this epic panoramic image. This you can take closer look at below (you can also click to get to a larger version), but essentially, re-imagine this lovely piece as 8 separate cards coming together.

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(Click it, click it, click it… you won’t be disappointed!)

Anyway, the Phylo deck project is really starting to come together. Final artwork is coming in, (I’ve even personally bought some of the originals from Diana Sudyka as you can see below), and we’ve finally hired our last artist. This would be Simon Gurr, which is all the more special because this is the individual responsible for the Darwin graphic novel. With his addition, the Darwinian deck should have a total of 40 lovely pieces of art.

All in all, I expect the “Voyage of the Beagle” Deck to be ready around October or November of this year, where it will be launched by the UK Nonprofit, The HMS Beagle Trust, for their science outreach and advocacy programs. Game on!

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(Note, you can see the rest of Diana’s pieces at this post).

When Vulpes vulpes is skeptical. I challenge you not to smile when you see this picture.

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By Michael O’Neal (winner of the iPhone Photography Awards – animal category), via My Modern Met.

Bird on a wire. Or rather, bird made of wire.

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By Celia Smith, via Colossal

Love these calligraphy animals!

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By Andrew Fox, via Colossal.

Geometric biodiversity beautifully done.

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By Estudio Guardabosques, via Colossal

Phylo game: Voyage of the Beagle deck update. #darwindeck #wip #whoa #soawesome

As many of you know, one of my stranger science education projects is a biodiversity themed card game called Phylo. This project has been especially interesting of late, with a variety of new elements being launched via a number of great open collaborations (AMNH, GSA, Muse, Keeling Lab, etc – see the Phylo blog for more details).

But there is also this “Voyage of the Beagle” deck (or just the “Darwin Deck, #darwindeck” as some have been calling it), that was talked about a couple months back. This is still a work in progress, but we have a list of cards (beta deck with commons images can be seen here), and most of the art has already been commissioned. It actually looks like we’ll need one more commission* (of about 8 images at $200 each), but I thought it would be cool to show you what the other amazing artists have done so far.

* If you’re interested, leave a link of your portfolio in the comments.

Robert Ball: website | instagram | twitter

Robert I actually came across by way of his very cool work on superhero drawings (I actually have his Avengers print on my home office wall). His first two pieces are below, but he’s also planing to link his 8 pieces into a final panoramic montage.

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(click the below to enlarge)

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Golly Bard: website | instagram

Diana (see below) did a great job of referring Golly to the project. These are Golly’s first drafts, but you can already tell that they’re going to look extraordinary.

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Rachel Ignotofsky: website | instagram

Rachel has this great whimsical style (and some of her art has been shown here previously). She’s actually completed a couple already as you can see below!

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Diana Sudyka: website | instagram | twitter

And finally, we have Diana. I’ve been a big fan of Diana’s work for a while now, especially since she worked on a picture for a piece at the SCQ. In any event, her lovely artworks (which were just finished) are shown below.

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Anyway, I hope you are all as excited as I am for this #darwindeck. I’m thinking that it should be ready by late 2014 or early 2015. And don’t forget, it looks like we will need one more artist in the mix, so leave a link to your portfolio if you’re interested!

Surfboards via biomimicry. What if you design a board based on aquatic life shapes?

It might look like this…

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Otherwise known as the Surfph-o-Morph. There’s three designs by Giulio Iacchetti which you can check out here.

Beautiful large scale chalkboard renditions of biodiversity art

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By Philippe Baudelocque, via Colossal.

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