Generalized theropod dinosaur (e.g., Coelophysis)
European Starling (Sternus vulgaris)
Generalized early flowering plant (based on Magnolia sp.)
Bones of Seymouria baylorensis, an Early Permian amphibian
Generalized fern fronds
Wellington, CO USA
Scratchboard, Photoshop (for Color), 10.56 x 13.46" (26.82 x 34.19 cm)
From Saur to Soar depicts a young Charles Darwin incorporated within a graphic representation of the evolution of birds from theropod dinosaurs. A primitive flowering plant and fossil bones of Seymouria contribute to the design. A version of this illustration first served as a dust jacket design for my book, Dinosaurs in the Garden (Plexus Publications, 1988), and was later modified to serve as a poster for the Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) 2007 Founders Symposium: Inscribed in Stone: Evolution and the Fossil Record.