Steller’s Sea Cow Reconstruction
This Steller’s Sea Cow reconstruction was the result of a model created for the Skin & Bones mobile project – where the model augments a 5m (13 ft) long skeleton – inserted onto the marine environment of the extinct animal. Steller’s Sea Cows (Hydrodamalis gigas) disappeared from over hunting only 27 years after European populations first encountered them in 1741, and there are no visual records, only written descriptions, of what they looked like. This reconstruction was based on the descriptions, on the appearance of closely related living species and in consultation with a specialist on the anatomy of this animal group.
The illustration featured at the Brazilian Science Illustration Meeting in Florianópolis (Brazil), at the Anatomy of an Illustration exhibition; and at the Beautiful Maryland exhibition.