Biologist Creates These Amazingly Precise Metallic Replicas of Ancient Fossils

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D. Allan Drummond works as an Assitant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at The University of Chicago during the day. He has his lab called Drummond Lab there. When he’s done for the day, he likes to devote time to his hobby – creating incredibly realistic replicas of creature from fossil records.

Drummond explained his work for Colossal, saying:

“So far, as a scientist, I’ve been on a slow journey to the bottom, to the deepest level of detail, from seeking to explain patterns of evolution spanning the tree of life, to probing how cells react to their environment, to tinkering with the pieces and parts of molecules swarming inside those cells. The details go all the way down, remaining absorbing and also consequential, worth knowing about and studying. That sensation of unexpectedly interesting detail is what I try to capture in my sculpture.”

At the precipice ✨ Last day to purchase a full bronze trilobite reconstruction with US shipping before Christmas. Link in my profile, use code WEARELIVE for free shipping. 🙏🏻 Solid bronze, made individually, with legs and other underside details reconstructed from fossil evidence, particularly the work of Leif Stormer in the last century. Trilobites had lots of tiny legs — to reconstruct them in bronze at life size strains the limit of 3D printing and casting. Methods both modern (3D printing invented in the late 20th century) and ancient (lost-wax casting traced to before 3000 BC) aimed at bringing back the shade of an organism which left us a quarter of a billion years ago. I have yet to tire of looking at her.✨ #trilobite #ancient #marine #invertebrate #arthropod #extinct #gift #sculpture #somanylegs #allthelegs #antennae #handfinished #bronze #lastcall #holdme

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Drummond sculps the fossils digitally using the comprehensive data he has access to. He prints the models with a 3D printer in wax, before casting them in bronze. He then adds the finishing details by hand.

You can see Drummond’s work on Instagram where he shares both in-progress pictures and the completed creatures.