A few (million) years later

Steve Brusatte wrote in his (great) book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs “The realisation that birds are dinosaurs is probably the single most important fact ever discovered by dinosaur palaeontologists.”

Ever since I can remember, I have been obsessed with dinosaurs. I’ve read all kinds of dinosaur books, from pop science to full palaeontology textbooks and cannot get enough.

I knew that birds descended from dinosaurs before reading Steve’s book but it has really caused me to think about it more and, despite being taught the concept of evolution at a young age, watching the birds flying overhead it is still a mind-blowing thing to consider. And, to be honest, they don’t seem very threatening.

When you take a closer look at any bird of prey, though, that changes. The only thing that keeps it from being something totally terrifying is its size.

This 3D illustration was my way of expressing this sense of wonder. It describes three species of Dromaeosaur in relation to their modern descendant, the osprey. The illustration shows the respective sizes of the animals as well as their period of existence, which can be told from the rock (each layer represents roughly 20 million years).

This illustration was made with a physical object in mind, something that can be felt and looked at from different angles.

Rather than conveying specific information, this gives you an experience of the abstract concept of evolution by breaking it down into a simple scene. It is a play on perspective.