2004, Carbon Dust
This scientific illustration plate describes the red fox cranium in the dorsal view for a natural history atlas for students and researchers.
Illustrations of bones are useful because even with perfect lighting, it is very difficult to capture all the details in a complex structure like the skull with a photograph. With a black/white drawing, it is easy to see where the bones start and end, how they overlap, and how each bone is shaped.
The red fox skull can be distinguished by the V-shaped temporal ridges. Some students memorize this characteristic as “V” for Vulpes.
Why Scientific Illustration?
Scientific illustrators usually work directly from a real skeleton to recreate the textures and shapes that the researchers need to determine the species. This particular fox skull was part of the collection of the Georgia Museum of Natural History.
Exhibits, Uses, Collection
2004 University of Georgia Scientific Illustration Exhibit
8.5 x 11 Archival Quality Prints available. $35 print only; $75 matted print