As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 18 November 2018

A New Book Illustrates the Story of Birds on Every Continent

Jane Kim's mural documents the rise of Aves across the world, while staying true to the artist’s aesthetic.
November 08, 2018
In late 2015, California-based science illustrator Jane Kim finished the final brush stroke of a mural featuring all 243 families of modern birds and their extinct predecessors—a process that took no less than two-and-a-half years. Wanting to maintain both artistry and scientific integrity, she consulted dozens of ornithologists on how to best represent each of the 270 life-size species and map them according to their respective places of origin. Every detail, from shape to color palette, was scrutinized and vetted.
Kim’s magnum opus, titled From So Simple a Beginninglives in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, though you don’t have to travel all the way there to see it. The mural is now available in book form: a 224-page tour of the motley avian crew and its backstory, with essays from Kim, her Inkdwell partner Thayer Walker, and Cornell scientists. Wall of Birdsinvites readers to not only see the stunning paintings up close, but also to explore the evolutionary genesis of their favorite birds, continent by continent.

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