I’m a little behind on sharing lovely SciArt, but I couldn’t miss out on Feathursday! Some people think the Shoebill Stork (Balaeniceps rex) is ugly, but that’s just nonsense. This bird’s common name is a reference to the large wooden shoes that its bill resembles. This illustration is from Egyptian Birds for the most part seen in the Nile Valley (1909) by Charles Whymper. This work was contributed for digitization by the Research Library of the American Museum of Natural History (@amnhnyc) to Biodiversity Heritage Library (@biodivlibrary).
Are you shellebrating World Turtle Day? The yearly event aims to raise awareness about turtles and tortoises, along with the harmful impact human action can have on them. We have many resources on turtles, including some of the following sources of these wonderful turtle images:
1, 3: Naturgeschichte der Schildköten. Full title, D. Johann David Schöpfs königl. Preuss. hofraths … Naturgeschichte der Schildkröten : mit Abbildungen erläutert. (1792) by Johann David
2. North American herpetology.Full title, North American herpetology, or, A description of the reptiles inhabiting the United States, v.1 (1836) by John Edwards Holbrook.
4.Reptiles and birds. Full title,
Reptiles and birds. A popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting. (1873) by Louis Figuier.
5. Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs. Full title,
Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs : darinn die merkwürdigsten und nüzlichsten Thiere in systematischer Ordnung beschrieben und alle Geschlechter in Abbildungen nach der Natur vorgestellet werden, bd. 4(1788) by Georg Heinrich Borowski.
6. Thesaurus rerum naturalium. Full title, Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam : opus, cui, in hoc rerum genere, nullum par exstitit.
(1734) by Albertus Seba.
More excellent scientific illustrations of turtles in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Flickr album, Turtles!
For those of you who take Halloween decoration to a specificity level that requires reference assistance, you can always call upon the entomological resources of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, which contains works like American Spiders and Their Spinningwork by Henry McCook (1889).
In H. P. Lovecraft’s short story "The Call of Cthulhu,” Cthulhu (a part man, part dragon, and part octopus monster) attacks a ship. The sailors try to kill the beast by ramming it repeatedly, but Cthulhu simply turns into green mist and reassembles. You can read more about the history of the Kraken on our blog, and there you’ll find many more wonderful illustrations of monsters for Page Frights!
Flower grower’s guide(1898) d. 1 by Reverend John Wright is the source of these images of common spring flowers. Gertrude Hamilton and Marie Low are listed as the artists for the colored illustrations in Flower grower’s guide. It wasn’t uncommon for women to find work in illustration during the Victorian era, since artistic pursuits were considered acceptable for middle-class women who needed to work.
Find all six divisions of Flower grower’s guide in the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and see more natural history illustrations by women in the BHL’s extensive Flickr gallery on the subject, which contains many works from the Smithsonian Libraries.
This week’s book feature is on Arabische Korallen by Ernst Haeckel, published in 1876 in Berlin. Written in German, this book focuses on coral from the Red Sea and life in Egypt.
Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) was a scientist, naturalist, and illustrator whose works remain incredibly popular. His unique artistic style soon becomes easily recognizable. More to come from this lesser known work of his, which can be found in a digital version in Biodiversity Heritage Library thanks to Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.
Carrion Flower (Stapelia hirsuta) for Page Frights! These blooms smell like rotten flesh, which attract flies and beetles for pollination. Dr. Robert J. Thornton called them Maggot-bearing Stapelia! Look closely to see what’s lurking around the bottom of the plant….
Hey! Working in a museum is incredible because every specimen and artifact has a story - including those that ended up on the set for our new show, Natural News from The Field Museum! So we decided to give you a tour. Check it out to learn stuff, also to see me make awkward noises and just be who I am as a person
Micrographia - Robert Hooke, 1665.
This represents the first record of people using microscopes to study fossils. Hooke theorized how organic materials could turn to stone. Originally posted by Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Missouri Botanical Garden.