Jessica Joslin - Taxidermy art artist. Are these real bones? It depends on the piece. Some of the bones are real, some are not. For all protected and endangered species, I create replicas. For the sculptures that incorporate real animal bones, I work with licensed osteological suppliers. I have a strong affinity for animals and take care to deal only with reputable companies, whose specimens are legally and ethically obtained.
Cyclopia (also cyclocephaly or synophthalmia) is a rare form of holoprosencephaly and is a congenital disorder (birth defect) characterized by the failure of the embryonic prosencephalon to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities. Its incidence is 1 in 16,000 in born animals, and 1 in 250 in embryos, one in 2,500 that end in miscarriage.
This famous photograph is of the "Lovers of Valdaro," two neolithic lovers locked in an eternal embrace. The human obsessions of love and death are equally aroused by this powerful image and the mysterious story behind it.