“The concept is simple. Take a blank sheet with nothing but the basic outline of a pinup girl and illustrate a unique scene around her.”
This is fucking amazing.
Artistic microscope slides produced in the Victorian era (1840~1900) by arranging hundreds of tiny diatoms into intricate patterns. This was often accomplished by using a single hair to move the diatoms in a special chamber that prevented disturbance to the slide. The fabrication of these amazing objects must have required incredible patience, attention to detail, and a steady hand.
This slab of rock comes from what is today Morocco. The rocks are Ordovician in age; deposited during a long stretch of time when this portion of the African Coast was submerged beneath a shallow inland sea.
The presence of so many different starfish in a single layer suggests that this was a “death assemblage” – some unknown processes killed a whole bunch of the critters at once, leading to a single layer filled with fossils. Each starfish in this photo is only a couple centimeters in diameter.
If you look closely, you can make out many of the details of the organisms including the placement of the plates that compose their outer coverings.
Image credit: Cobalt123
Photographer: Matthew Burgess
Everything else: *vague gesture at self*
sooooooooooooo I created another blog earlier this week for images I like but don’t feel match the science/nerd/fun theme of this one have a look if you’re interested? or not?!
Go here for moody/skull/art stuff and the odd picture of myself from times I wear make-up and things >_>