Monday, 29 June 2009

Darwinius Masillae

Gouache on paper A3

This little creature is a primate from the Eocene epoch. There is only one known fossil discovered in 1983 at the Messel Pit in Germany.It's believed by many to be a significant link between anthropoid primate lineages.

I've placed her in her native tropical rainforest (said to cover the Messel Pit area 47 mya). The scene depicts daytime feeding, although her large eye sockets may suggest that she was nocturnal. (But there's no fabulous colours to paint in a night time scene!)


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  2. Terrific composition, Rachel. Lots of paths leading toward the fruity center.

  3. Thanks Glendon. Still wondering whether I should have included more Darwinii in there though and less leaves!