Making the invisible visible

Many scientific subjects elude the human eye, either because they are too big or too small, because they don’t exist anymore or haven’t existed yet. To visualize them, we rely on the talents of science illustrators, who can make the invisible visible. Find out how they do it in my feature for EARTH Magazine.

This drawing depicts the oldest common ancestor of all placental mammals, an animal whose fossil remains have never been found. The drawing was done by science illustrator Carl Buell to accompany a Science paper from 2013.
This drawing depicts the oldest common ancestor of all placental mammals, an animal whose fossil remains have never been found. The drawing was done by science illustrator Carl Buell to accompany a Science paper from 2013.
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