Drawing this series has taught me much about early triassic life, and the writing has proved to be a bigger challenge than I thought. As I try to research the details of the time period, I’m realizing there isn’t much to go on.
Dinosaurs only first appeared during this era, and wouldn’t rise to the dominance that we know and love them for until the Jurrassic period. Suffice to say, you won’t have our Broomistega running into any velociraptors, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any equally fightening animals around. Likewise, some of the earliest wasps and flies began to make their appearance after the Great Dying, but not in the form we know of today. Granted, there wasn’t a whole lot left on Earth at the time. (Also, fossil evidence shows that grass didn’t crop up until as early as 65 million years ago… oops)
While looking for more information, I not only noticed that images from this comic series and accompanying memorabilia have begun to creep into google searches, but Wits University and the folks who had the now-famous burrow cast scanned, have 3D printed the skeletons. Check out the photo at Wired.
This is huge.
The act of recovering a fossil from the surrounding stone is delicate and dangerous work (for the fossil). What they’ve shown is that we now have the capability to image and recreate entire skeletons without ever removing them from the safety of their native stone. I’m already having fantasies of scanners imaging large chunks of earth and printing out fossils without ever having to excavate. We live in a fascinating age.
There is not much time left to support my Kickstarter, which not only helps me produce Sufficiently Remarkable, but also a Donald of Mars miniseries, a Crowlmes and Flockson miniseries, and a full-on Pineapple Maki websisode. If that’s not enough, think of the awesome rewards you can get, including limited edition* pins, plushes, and even your very own erotic scarf.
*I’m serious, none of this stuff will be available after the campaign. I’m dedicated to providing backers with exclusive items to show their status as early adopters.