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Model Makers
Photograph by Robert Clark

Eosimias lives? Based on a few jawbones and a lot of scientific guesswork, artist Brian Cooley (above right) re-created the 40-million-year-old creature thought by some to be an early link in the anthropoid chain (which includes humans). Mary Ann Wilson (at left), Cooley's wife, later clothed the apoxy sculpture in a red squirrel pelt. "What we had to work with for Eosimias was about as little as you can get for a reconstruction," says Cooley, who typically builds life-size dinosaur models. "We didn't get the animal pickled in full color—we had to guess." Eosimias' jaw, discovered in China, resembles that of a marmoset, so Cooley used a marmoset skeleton as a guide.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Cannon AE1
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: 50mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/200 @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Inside
Time of Day: N/A
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or Comments: None



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