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Martian Fossils 1

Richard Maier

Los Angeles, United States

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Every few years the issue of whether life exists or has ever existed on Mars makes it into the news. The “Martian Fossils” series is a tongue-in-cheek interpretation of that possibility. The images of Mars are from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter. The fossil images are from Wikimedia Commons.

“Martian Fossils 1” combines a Mars Express image of the Mangala Valles region with a photo of what is sometimes refered to as The Munich Specimen of a fossilized Archaeopteryx from Germany. Archaeopteryx was the first fossil to indicate that birds had evolved from dinosaurs, and was first discovered just two years after the publication of Darwin’s “On The Origin Of Species”.

After I had completed this image, I was bothered by how familiar it seemed. Eventually, I realized that it reminded me of Sir John Tenniel’s illustration of the Jaberwock from Lewis Carroll’s “Through The Looking-Glass”. Appropriately enough, the similarity is stronger if you flip one of the images, as if in a mirror.

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