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The photos below are reminiscent of an earlier time. A time when the low hanging fruit of biological description meant that you could go outside and sketch wonderful pictures while actually doing science. No sketches capture this better than the work of Ernst Haekel.

WOWTaken shamelessly from Wikipedia:

Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (February 16, 1834 – August 9, 1919), was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including anthropogeny, ecology, phylum, phylogeny, stem cell, and the kingdom Protista. Haeckel promoted and popularized Charles Darwin’s work in Germany and developed the controversial recapitulation theory (“ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”) claiming that an individual organism’s biological development, or ontogeny, parallels and summarizes its species’ evolutionary development, or phylogeny.

Or, adapted for today’s lexicon, he was a powerhouse of scientific awesomeness. To be a successful scientist with such talent…

When your jaw returns from the floor, you can check out all his (freely available work) here.