Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 57–60 | Cite as

Marsupial Art and Science

A Fragile Balance: The Extraordindary Story of Australian Marsupials. Edited by Christopher Dickman, and Rosemary Woodford Ganf. 2007. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 256 pp. ISBN 0-226-14630-8. $65.00 (cloth)
  • Carey Krajewski
Book review

The occasional female polymath or Renaissance man notwithstanding, most scientists I know display a left-brain hypertrophy that limits their engagement with fine arts to such outlets as radio stations playing nothing but the oldies. My own development, anyway, is at about this level, but I do have a personal history with wildlife art that other biologists probably share. That history can traced through well-worn editions, from the 1960s onward, of Peterson’s Field Guide to the Mammals (e.g., Burt and Grossenheider 1976) and Golden Guide’s Birds of North America (e.g., Robbins et al. 1983). To this day, the paintings by Richard P. Grossenheider and Arthur Singer provide ready mental images of animals that inspired my early vocation as a zoologist. Years later, I received a copy of Cronin’s (1991) Key Guide to Australian Mammalsand soon incorporated Marion Westmacott’s illustrations into my professional imagery. Odd, isn’t it, that animal paintings can have such tenacity in a...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologySouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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