Link Love: Follow Carl Buell Through the Ages

By Carl Zimmer | September 18, 2007 1:01 am

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 (5)

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

  2. 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. Jon H

    Could use a macaque showing its canines.

  4. George

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

  5. 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!


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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