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Evolution: Striking Black and White Photos of Vertebrate Skeletons by Patrick Gries

Working in concert with the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, photographer Patrick Gries has put together a book/photo series packed full of striking black and white photographs of vertebrate skeletons — from tiny creatures to massive mammoths, his book Evolution covers a vast swath of vertebrate natural history.

In all, the book consists of 300 of these white on black skeletal photographs that took Gries six full months to shoot. The photos represent a coming together of art and science: even as the book chronicles millions of years of evolution, each individual photo is masterfully taken, with the skeletons arranged in poses that breathe life back into the bones.

The 288-page, hardcover book — published in the US by 7 Stories Press (ISBN 978-1-60980-368-1) — pairs those 300 stunning evolution-meets-art photographs with descriptive passages written by writer/scientist Dr. Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu.

Here’s a brief look at just a few of the photos in the series:

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

© Patrick Gries

The point of the Evolution photos is to drive home the similarities between all vertebrates — illustrating evolution in an undeniable way — from the smallest to the largest, from the extinct right on up to us

Evolution is the book on how we came to be what we are. Spectacular, mysterious, elegant, or grotesque, the vertebrate skeletons of Earth’s fossil record carry within them the traces of several billion years of evolution.

Evolution… is a unique and beautiful attempt to provide a map of those billion years in time.

To pick up a copy of the book yourself, head over to 7 Stories Press by clicking here. And if you’d like to see more of Mr. Gries work, you can do so by heading over to his website here.

(via LensCulture)


Image credits: Photographs by Patrick Gries and used with permission. All images protected by copyright law, no use allowed without express permission from the photographer.

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