‘Animals’ Archive

Walliserops trifurcatus anatomy

Monday, June 11th, 2012

The trilobite body plan comprises three sections. Anterior to posterior, they are: the cephalon, thorax, and pygidium. Trilobites get their name from the three lobes that run longitudinally from the thorax to the pygidium. The pleural lobes are found on either side and the axial lobe is in the center.

Trilobites from the genus Walliserops are unique for having a dramatic trident-like appendage that extends from the glabella at the front of the cephalon. The purpose of the trident is currently unknown. In fact, at the end of his lecture at the 150th anniversary of Oxford University (2011), trilobite expert Richard Fortey of Cambridge University invites the audience to hypothesize because in his words, “I have no idea what the trident was for.”


Lay of the Trilobite

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

A mountain’s giddy height I sought,
Because I could not find
Sufficient vague and mighty thought
To fill my mighty mind;
And as I wandered ill at ease,
There chanced upon my sight
A native of Silurian seas,
An ancient Trilobite.


The Bulls

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The bulls in Samac love each other.

El Vaquero

Monday, August 31st, 2009

These days Cobán’s El Vaquero is a family-friendly open-air restaurant with fresh paint and clean tile. But there was a time not too long ago when it was a dingy churrasquería full of smoky fluorescent light and desiccated taxidermy.
The Q10 churrasco plate (beef, tortillas, slaw, potato) attracts pitiable vagrants like Chris and Dave who can often be found debating social responsibility in the Randian tycoon class, much to the indifference of the locals (pictured).

Blue-Crowned Motmot

Monday, July 20th, 2009

This was my stationery during training.


Monday, June 29th, 2009

Due to some clerical confusion, the power company cut the line to my house. There’s no way to know how long it will take to straighten out. Drawing in the evenings is out of the question. So here’s some past work.

When I think of drawing with markers, I think of grade-schoolers and car designers. So I when I wanted to so something with markers, I knew it needed a car. And because it’s me, I thought it needed a reptile.


Friday, March 27th, 2009

March nearly got away! Here’s a donkey.


Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Peace Corps Guatemala has a quarterly publication for and by the in-country volunteer community. My submissions this quarter included a crossword and this jumble.

The idea of a promotional poster advertising “Grackles! Grackles! Grackles!” kind of makes me laugh.

See comments for the answer to the jumble.


Monday, December 15th, 2008

I met Pedro at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Grand Cayman. Pedro was a handsome adult blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi). Blue iguanas are a critically endangered reptile native to Grand Cayman and found nowhere else.
In general, blue iguanas are unfriendly. But Pedro liked people. He would close his eyes and raise his chin for a scratch behind the ears.
Possibly due to this trusting nature, Pedro was one of seven blue iguanas killed by vandals in May of last year. Pedro’s death is a loss to the species. But it’s also a personal loss for anyone who knew Pedro’s gentle nature and benign smile.