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Our group is for supporters of the theory of evolution and the scientific method. We accept art related to evolution, anti-creationism, anti-intelligent design, Charles Darwin, biology, genetics, dinosaurs, and other paleontology subjects. In addition to artwork, we encourage discussion and debate on our monthly topics. We do not oppose religion in general unless it interferes with science.
Founded 17 Years ago
Feb 24, 2007


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939 Members
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Rules and submission guidelines

:bulletblack: Update October 2017: After 11 years of activity, our Paleoart folder is now full to capacity. I have closed this folder to submission attempts and have created a new folder for paleoart, Paleoart II, so please direct all artworks of prehistoric life to this folder and this folder only. Any paleoart submissions to the General folder will be declined without comment!

:bulletblack: Group conduct rules
  • Coming here to debate is fine, but please refrain from personal insults against the other members. A little more leeway is allowed when dealing with creationists who troll here (which happens occasionally), but still please avoid saying anything that would give this group a bad reputation.
  • As stated here, although this group opposes creationism, it has a neutral position with regard to religion in general. Attacking other members for their religion (or lack of religion) is not acceptable.
  • Please keep comments on group's journal entries and submissions on-topic.
  • Don't attempt to import drama from outside this community.

:bulletblack: Submission guidelines

1/30/14: Please read this!

The most basic rule for submissions here is that they need to be relevant to the subject of evolution. However, we receive a lot of submissions where it's not easy to determine whether or not they're relevant enough, so we also have some more specific guidelines about this.
  • Paleoart (reconstructions of prehistoric creatures) is always acceptable, as long as it's reasonably accurate.
  • Fanart from dinosaur-themed fiction, such as Jurassic Park or Primal Rage, is sometimes acceptable. Whether or not we'll accept it depends on whether it's accurate enough to be considered normal paleoart.
  • Speculative evolutionary scenarios (such as the evolution of an alien species) are acceptable, as long as enough emphasis is placed on the process by which they've evolved.
  • We'll accept submissions with either a pro-religious or anti-religious theme, as long as their focus is on evolution and/or anti-creationism.
  • Art of people who are important figures in the study of evolution is acceptable, as long as it focuses their work related to evolution more than their work in other areas.
  • There's no limit to how many total submissions a single user can have in the group, but users are limited to a maximum of five submissions per day.
  • We do not accept sketch submissions that have not been cleaned up in Photoshop or a similar program, and we also do not accept anything on lined notebook paper or graphing paper.
  • Please only submit artwork that you created yourself, or that you uploaded with the permission of the person who created it.





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Gallery Folders

Precambrian Rabbit by anatotitan
Ostrom and the Terrible Claw by RAPHTOR
Evolution of Birds by Eurwentala
Troodontidae by Polihierax
Paleoart I
Frozen Hamburger by Tupandactyl
La La Land by Tupandactyl
Helicoprion by Lythroversor
Paleoart II
Second Navajodactylus commission by Inmyarmsinmyarms
Meraxes gigas. by Frank-Lode
Jaculinykus yaruui by Galliraptor
Megadolodus 3.0 by Zimices
General Art
Portrait of a Red Fox by EsthervanHulsen
Baby wild rabbit by EsthervanHulsen
Raven Portrait by EsthervanHulsen
Watercolor landscape with pony by EsthervanHulsen
Cartoons and Comics
Sophia and her Euchambersia - character design by Pelycosaur24
Edward D. Cope Chibi by Pelycosaur24
Othniel C. Marsh Chibi by Pelycosaur24
Gideon Mantell Chibi by Pelycosaur24
Photographs and Photomanipulations
Rex Sighting by satsume-shi
Dicranocephalus by EldarZakirov
Miocochilius anomapodus by Zimices
Scientifically accurate Jurassic Park 3 logo by Szymoonio
A different take on fire-breathingWhen designing "realistic" dragons many people seem to default to chemical explosions in the mouth to produce streams of flame. While there is a precedent among animals, the bombardier beetle, vertebrates have more complex tissues, and a common issue that's rarely addressed is how these animals don't burn their mouths.Here, I propose a solution that I'm surprised is not used more often, and with basis on medieval bestiary depictions of dragons. There, a common emphasis is how dragons shine or glow, sometimes even as a symbolism for the fall of Lucifer. Fire-breathing as a main dragon weapon is comparatively recent, but bioluminescence apparently is now.Few land animals developed bioluminescence (most notably fireflies), but this seems to be more of a consequence of their habitats not really favouring it as well as complex tissues making light harder to pass rather than a deathly constraint, as evidence by lab mice with jellyfish-derived bioluminescence genes. Perhaps to make it slightly more plausible this hypothetical dragon (which is an enantiornithean bird for funzies) could have sacks full of light-emiting bacteria as anglerfish, but for my personal indulgence these dragons have produced their own luciferase and luciferin autogenically, perhaps as a consequence of powered flight.The luminous patches are located throught the mouth and throat. Initially they likely developed for display or attracting insect prey in low light conditions, essentially a glowier version of the colourful mouths of many birds. But at some point a series of cornea-like lenses began to form adjacently in the back of the tongue; much like antlers, these are possibly "domesticated" tumours, specifically eye teratomas. Mobile, these structures can overlap one another, increasingly focusing the beams of light as they move and adjust until the beam strong enough to set things on fire, or potentially even energized enough to directly cause radiation burns.Due to this light being focused on a single laser, there is potential for the animal to burn its mouth. Likewise, the series of steps (acquiring bioluminescence, then lenses, then muscles to control the lenses to focus beams, then enough fine control to make cleansing rays) is clear enough instead of the surely more complicated series of steps to acquire chemical firebreathing.
Charles Darwin
Inktober day 3 by HybridTea
HAPPY DARWIN DAY!!! by MickeyRayRex
Grandeur by PraiseDovahPie
Charles Darwin [shot of copy of my drawing] by artbyrichy
Charts and Graphs
Carcharodontosaurus Skeletal Reconstruction by Paleonerd01
Giant Salties of the Northern Territory by Paleonerd01
The largest T. rex: BHI 6248 'E. D. Cope' by Paleonerd01
Cardabia Station Ichthyosaur by Paleonerd01
Natgeosocus sorini  by mixtix-freeman
Pickeringius acanthophorus by Gogosardina
The Thinking Atheist stamp by The-Sprite-Lady
Triceratops horridus by MarkM98
Speculative Evolution
Lemuria: The Dreaded Titicula by Inmyarmsinmyarms
Crafts and Sculptures
Steampunk Ammonite (yes, another!) by magpiesmiscellany
Animations and Interactive Art
Nanuqsaurus / Walk Cycle / Prehistoric Fury by BillNguyen1411
Past Contest Submissions
Evolution of Dino-Chicken by Schatten-Drache
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A little over three years ago, Emily Willoughby and I released our book criticizing the creationist movement: God's Word or Human Reason?: An Inside Perspective on Creationism. Our book has received a good amount of recognition, with positive reviews from Darren Naish's Scientific American blog, Paleontologica Electronica, and the Journal of Cognitive Historiography. Predictably, our book also received a negative review in the Journal of Creation by one of the creationists criticized in our book, to which I wrote a response here.
This month, Emily and I are pleased to announce the publication of our book's second edition, which is available to buy here:
If you already own a copy of this book, you won't notice any major changes between the first and second editions. There are no entirely new chapters or diagrams, but astute readers may notice a number of more subtle changes throughout the book. A few of the changes are as follows:
  • A few of the diagrams and illustrations have been updated for clarity or accuracy. The most noticeable update is to Emily's illustration of Epidexipteryx, which has been modified to reflect the fact that scansioropterygids are now known to have bat-like wing membranes.
  • Several printing errors that were present in the first print run have been corrected. These include a footnote in chapter 5 that the first print run accidentally omitted, and a misprint in a quote in chapter 4 that garbled the quote's meaning.
  • The text has been slightly reorganized in a few places for improved clarity.
  • Several typos have been fixed throughout the book.
  • The cover has been updated in several ways, including the addition of a new quote on the rear cover (from Phil Senter's review in Paleontologica Electronica).
Due to the various corrections, the book's second edition is the version that should be read by anyone else who intends to review it from now on. However, our supply of the book's first edition has nearly sold out, so if you wish to own both versions, I recommend buying a copy of the first version while it's still available.
I also should mention that our book's publisher, Inkwater Press, is getting out of the book distribution business, so the second edition can't be bought from Amazon directly. The second edition is being sold by myself and Emily under the name "Kane & Willoughby books", under the Amazon listing's buying options.
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