A specific practice-based research project by Professor Alan Male, Professor of Illustration in The Falmouth School of Art, is being advanced in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London. It involves the analysis and visual reconstruction of palaeo-invertebrata, species recently discovered or evaluated and never previously illustrated. The imagery contributes significantly to new knowledge related to evolution and the origins of life in the universe.
The case study shown here is the first illustration of so-far unidentified microscopic zooplankton, analysed from the observation of particles and sediments from a sea-bed fauna-bearing ecosystem, dredged from the deepest known part of the North Atlantic Ocean by the HMS Challenger expedition of 1873. At the time, scientists believed there to be no life on the ocean bed. Species shown are representative Forimanifera; crustaceans, copepods, isopods.