2018 AMI Online Salon

Lost Ancient Mammals of the Caribbean

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  David Rini; Baltimore, Maryland
  • Client: Siobhán B. Cooke, Ph.D. Assistant Professor  Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution Johns Hopkins University
  • Copyright: © 2017 Johns Hopkins University
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop & Corel Painter
  • Final presentation format: Online
  • Primary audience: Scientific Community and General Public

Project Description

Thousands of years ago, the Caribbean islands hosted more than 130 species of diverse mammals, ranging from sloths and giant monkeys to mammoths and oversize rats. But that changed after humans showed up, around 6,000 years ago. These illustrations are part of an article highlighting recent discoveries about how native Caribbean wildlife was dealt a one-two punch driving many of them to extinction – first by the arrival of humans from the Americas and then from Europe.

Depicted here are reconstructions based on fossil data of a Giant Ground Sloth, Large Rodent, Insectivore, Primate, and a Bat.