A never-seen-before illustration from All Yesterdays, my book with John Conway and Darren Naish. Yes, these are “shrink-wrap” reconstructions of birds again. A pelican and a shoebill stork as interpreted by clueless future palaeontologists.
For All Yesterdays, John Conway had illustrated a vulture reconstructed with a bat-like flying membrane instead of feathers. Here, I take the opposite stance by whimsically dressing out a pterosaur with bird-like feathers instead of wing membranes. Perhaps future palaeontologists may make the same mistake.
An Infernocyon, a nocturnal predator of small animals from the planet Snaiad, my world-building and speculative zoology project. I’m proud to announce that access to Snaiad has been restored, after a hiatus of 4 years.
A popular motif in classical mythology is that of Zeus turning into a swan and raping a maiden named Leda in a fit of lust. Here, I imagined the same scenario with the closest animal there was to a “giant swan,” a flying reptile known as Zhejiangopterus. The impossible union has unfortunately resulted in the monster piercing the maiden through the heart.
A “clobberer,” an omnivorous animal from another planet. Thinking a lot about “proper” aliens for a while - creatures that have all the trappings of parallel evolution from developing in an Earth-like ecosystem, but all the “contingent” details - such as sense organs, musculature, integument, jaws, etc. as different as possible.
Sketch of a hypothetical flying gecko. Its toe-pads have evolved into frond-like creatures that help it fly like a bird or a pterosaur. Speculative evolution inspired by Darren Naish’s “Squamozoic” project.