Postcard showing part of artist Rudolph Zallinger's mural at Yale's Peabody Museum.

Postcard showing part of artist Rudolph Zallinger's mural at Yale's Peabody Museum.

A convincing-looking vintage Iggy

A convincing-looking vintage Iggy

Euryapteryx elephantopus, Zdeněk Burian, 1969Aside from clouds painted like sherbet, the sky is clear. The moa prefers this—no eagles—and allows itself to nibble the herbs at its feet. The leaves are sweet, but not very filling, and the heavy bird wanders, one eye on the sky, in search of more substantial fodder. After a half-dozen steps, it finds the shoot of a seedling shrub and snaps it up. Then some seeds, a flower, a clump of moss, and another seedling. As it nibbles, one eye rolls up…

Euryapteryx elephantopus, Zdeněk Burian, 1969Aside from clouds painted like sherbet, the sky is clear. The moa prefers this—no eagles—and allows itself to nibble the herbs at its feet. The leaves are sweet, but not very filling, and the heavy bird wanders, one eye on the sky, in search of more substantial fodder. After a half-dozen steps, it finds the shoot of a seedling shrub and snaps it up. Then some seeds, a flower, a clump of moss, and another seedling. As it nibbles, one eye rolls up…

Dicerorhinus Etruscus Illustration by Zdenek Burian, 1964 "The Age of Monsters," 1966

Dicerorhinus Etruscus Illustration by Zdenek Burian, 1964 "The Age of Monsters," 1966

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