May 2012

Science Art: Os Maxillaires Fossiles, by Pieter Camper.

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Jaws!

Pieter Camper was a fossil collector, and in 1786, he drew this jaw he’d acquired. He thought it belonged to a toothed whale. Another collector had a similar jaw from the same bunch of rocks (dug up near Maastricht), and *he* thought it was a crocodile.

Georges Cuvier (with Camper’s son) later proved that it was neither of those things, but an extinct marine reptile, Mosasaurus hoffmanni, who swam in the seas during those years when T. rex roamed around on land….

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Science Art: From Die Frau als Hausärztin by Anna Fischer-Dückelmann, 1911

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This is a naked woman, as seen in 1911 by a German medical expert. The book’s title translates to “The Woman As Family Doctor,” and it’s pretty much a home health guide specializing in those mysterious conditions that affect women and children. Gynecology and pediatrics, basically.

It’s full of some amazing illustrations and wonderful typography, so check it out on archive.org.

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Science Art: Lecture 2, Figure 5, from Lectures on Ventilation,

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from Lectures on Ventilation (1869) by Lewis W. Leeds, via Public Domain Review.

The invisible made visible.

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Science Art: The Golden Horns of Gallehus.

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These are two ancient horns, made of gold and engraved (or embossed) with runes and pictures that seem to tell a story. Or maybe just look cool.

Also, they are horns that it seems like no one ever blew (one translation of one inscription is about drinking), and they are horns that are not there:

The original horns were stolen and melted down in 1802. Casts made of the horns in the late 18th century were also lost. Replicas of the horns must thus rely on 17th and 18th-century drawings…

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SONG: "How the Moon Began"

SONG: “How the Moon Began.”

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Based on “Puzzle of Moon’s origin resolved”, Nature, 8 April 2015, as used in the post “Scientists: The moon was formed when Earth smacked her twin sister.

ABSTRACT: Once again, Allison said this was the story that needed a song, and she was right. At around the same time, I was listening to “Cruel Sister” and thinking about murder ballads, but somehow, this didn’t come out folksy at all. I mean, except that it’s about ancient sisters…

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Science Art: Las Cascadas Slide (Section 6) from AB Nichols Notebook Vol. 38, 1910

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This is a handmade map from the construction of the Panama Canal, one of history’s greatest feats of engineering. Culebra Cut is where the project experienced massive landslides (is it fair to say some of them are still going on today? I think it isit is).

So the folks in charge of the dig, the Isthmian Canal Commission, got geologists down there to study how to move all that dirt out of the way without burying any workers and steam shovels and train cars.

This is…

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