The Loom

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My first book, At the Water’s Edge, was graced by illustrations by the marvelous Carl Buell. He’s got a lot of irons in the fire these days, including Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters, which publishes this month. Paleontologist Donald Prothero is the author, and it’s packed with illustrations such as this one, which shows mammal-like reptiles that were increasingly more closely related to the first mammals. While you wait for the book to arrive, you can peruse his Flickr pages.

[Illustration couresy of Carl Buell]

Comments

  1. #1 Darmok
    September 20, 2007

    He also has a blog showcasing some of his works, though he hasn’t updated it in nine months.

  2. #2 Adam
    September 24, 2007

    Hi Carl

    Loved “At the Water’s Edge” and the segment on the evolution of the Synapsids was a delight particularly for me. Papers that outlined the transition from pelycosaurs to mammals were what caused me to abandon Creationism about 15 years ago. Whenever I hear that old canard “no transitional fossils” I can say “that’s total BULLSHIT! Here’s a few dozen, at least!”

    But I think I was an unusual Creationist – I actually wanted to know the truth, not delude myself into thinking I already had it.

    Love the Morph sequence – should be more of them in kids’ science books. And bigger kids’ books too – some of us adults like pretty pictures that communicate more than a thousand words ;-)

  3. #3 Jon H
    September 24, 2007

    Could use a macaque showing its canines.

  4. #4 George
    September 25, 2007

    I thought the first mammals were small mouse sized animals. This seems to imply much larger creatures?

  5. #5 Ron Sullivan
    September 26, 2007

    Carl Buell is absolutely the bee’s knees, and I’d bet a study of bees’ knees drawn by him would be enlightening. He’s one of three or four people I know of whose random doodles and asides carry more information than whole libraries of blather by earnest strivers like me. What a gift!