Saturday, March 13, 2010

Archaeopteryx lithographica

A piece from last year, this famous bird-dino is still one of my favorite colored pencil attempts I've made thus far.

It's Archaeoptyerx lithographica in its native environment of the tropical Solnhofen, of modern-day Germany. Archaeopteryx was a very small animal, roughly the size of a modern-day pigeon (not including its long, bony tail, a feature not found in extant birds) and lived 150 million years ago in the Tithonian stage of the Jurassic. Archaeopteryx remains one of the best champions of evolutionary theory due to its status as a "transitional" fossil, providing a clear example of an overlap of avian and dinosaurian features.

Another for the anti-creationism project, from March of 2009.

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