And Now For Something Completely Different… The Opening of the Darwin Dohrn Museum. Prehistoric Marine Life Murals in Naples!

A brief summary of whale evolution for starters… Including Pakicetus, Ambulocetus, Maiacetus, Rodhocetus, Dorudon, and Basilosauarus (with guests: non-prehistoric Orcas)
And then, the apotheosis…

It is not very often I have been asked to get into restoring marine life evolution… but my friend Marco Signore asked me to do this mammoth task. I started with a mural on whale evolution where I tried to make whale ancestors look as “sexy” as I would try to do my dinosaurs. Don’t know how successfully, but I think I managed somehow! I got some criticism about Basiliosaurus looking too much like T. rex…with that killer smile!

But then came the uber-test. Marco had this idea about a mural occupying ten meters of a corridor, where you would start in the Cenozoic and run back in time into the Ediacaran fauna… Well it was supposed to be >one< mural… but a corridor has two sides, so… If you want to be immersed in it both sides, it resulted in TWO murals, one facing the other. We had a list of a number of animals and I decided to repeat some but alternate others in different takes. A challenge was to make believable such array of sizes… from close-ups of almost microscopic Burgess Shale denizens to humongous Leedsichthys and Basilosaurus… or a small whale-eater like Megalodon!

Many months later we have the results. And despite many troubles. dealing with painfully detailed, slow motion hi-res gigantic computer files, here it is for your perusal at Naples’ newly opened Darwin Dohrn Museum of Marine Life … In fact, I’m posting this precisely the day the Museum opens!

It is meant, more than anything else, to be a colourful celebration of Marine Evolution, with a few selected protagonists. And we have done it… no dinosaurs this time, but hey, vive la difference!


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2 Responses to And Now For Something Completely Different… The Opening of the Darwin Dohrn Museum. Prehistoric Marine Life Murals in Naples!

  1. palpatine505 says:

    This is lovely work you’ve cited; a hearty thank you to yourself for this.

  2. palpatine505 says:

    Reblogged this on Palpatine's Literary Library and commented:
    Lovely work he’s got here.

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