Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The evolutionary history of dragons, illustrated by a scientist

This is possibly the greatest mashup of science and fantasy I have ever seen. University of British Columbia evolutionary ecologist Rob Colautti has created a dragon phylogeny, or evolutionary tree, and has turned it into a gorgeous design for t-shirts (see below). The best part is his elaborate explanation of how he came up with the evolutionary relationships between different species and families of mythical beasts.

via io9

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