C. M. Kosemen

C. M. Kosemen




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Research & inspiration

This is my research and inspiration page.
None of the content on this page belongs to me.
All images have been found online or in their respective sources, and have been reproduced here for non-commercial purposes.
Sources and artists have been indicated wherever possible.

The previous incarnation of this page can be seen here.

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Demons from Kitab al Bulhan


Source: Kitab al Bulhan (Book of Wonders), via Public Domain Review.

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Nipponites

Artist: Emiliano Troco.

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Medieval views of elephants



Source: Uli Westphal, Elephas Anthropogenus, 2008-2015.

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View of the Parthenon

Artist: Konstantinos Maleas, 1920s.

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Vintage Stegosaurus

Artist: Alice B. Woodward, 1912.

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Kairuku and dead ichthyosaur

Artist: Chris Gaskin, 2012.

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Riddle of the ypsigon
As difficult as it may sound to believe; there exists a major, common and diverse group of crustaceans whose adult forms remain completely unknown. Named Facetotecta, these animals are only known from small, vaguely-shrimp-like larvae, collectively termed y-cyprids. For over a century, it was known that y-cyprids metamorphosed into... something else. But that "something else" remained mostly unknown until 2008, when researchers treated y-cyprids with a crustacean molting hormone known as H-20.


Under the influence of the hormone, the y-cyprids molted, and disgorged a degenerate, vaguely slug-like form which the researchers named a ypsigon.


The free ypsigon is seen in the picture above. The transformation was a jarring and disturbing process. The y-cyprids' eyes devolved into masses of dark cells, which the ypsigons blindly carried about in their anterior regions.


After metamorphosis, researchers predicted that the ypsigons went on to parasitise some sort of marine creature, which still remains unknown.
So the life cycle of the Facetotectans was only partially solved.


Different species of y-cyprids turned into different ypsigons after being treated with the H-20 hormone. Here, a "fat" y-cyprid disgorges a similarly chubby ypsigon.
Source:Henrik Glenner, Jens T Hoeg, et al., “Induced metamorphosis in crustacean y-larvae: Towards a solution to a 100-year-old riddle”, BMC Biology, 2008, 6:21.

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Paintings of prehistoric marine animals by Franz Roubal

Geosaurus, 1938.


Ichthyosaurus, 1936.


Mosasaurus and sharks, 1937.


Stranded Basilosaurus, 1933.

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Bowing to Fertility Gods

Sculptor:
Pierre Racine, 2014.


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Paintings by Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas

Pine Trees, 1949.


Trees on Poros, 1950.


Wandering Moon over Dead City, 1956.


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A book of comets



















Illustrations of comets from the 16th century.
Source:
Das Kometenbuch, 1587.

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Murad Reis Mosque, Rhodes

Photo credit:
Bernard Gagnon.


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Sardinian ritual costumes









Boes, Merdules, and other folk play characters from Sardinia.
Source:
Mario Atzori, et al., Il carnevale in Sardegna, Editrice Mediterranea, Rome, 1990.

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Study of a gecko

Artist:
Stanis Dessy, mid-1930s.


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African village series





Artist:
Giuseppe Biasi, 1924-1927.


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Prehistoric landscape

Artist:
Dominique Lagru, early 1950s.


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Deinotherium, 1855

At one point, the extinct proboscidean Deinotherium was interpreted as a walrus-or-manatee-like creature, using its peculiar tusks to haul itself to land.
Source: Petrefactenbuch, oder allgemeine und besondere Versteinerungskunde mit Berucksichtigung der Lagerungs-Verhaltnisse, besonders in Deutschland Krais & Hoffmann, Stuttgart, 1855.


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Lurid

Artist:
"Dolorosa", 2012.


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Flies




Illustrations depicting nine of the many families of flies (Diptera).

Source: University of British Columbia Department of Zoology website, https://www.zoology.ubc.ca/bcdiptera/Order%20Diptera%20Text%20Files/family_descriptions.htm

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"Optionally manned aircraft"

A pilot rides on an early Scaled Composites Raptor UAV to rescue the aircraft in case of a malfunction.

Source: Scaled Composites website, www.scaled.com

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Stygimoloch

Artist:
Ely Kish.


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Lair of the Sea Serpent - in two versions



Artist:
Elihu Vedder, 1890s.


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Neon Istanbul




Artist: Elsa Bleda, 2018.

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The Martyrdom of St. Saturus

Artist:
Eric Gill, 1928.


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Callimenus, the chunky Eurasian cricket



Two species of chunky Eurasian crickets; Callimenus avanos (above), and Callimenus dasypus (below).


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The mystery of "mustela"

A mysterious animal from the Philippines, referred to only as "mustela" by the 17th-century zoologist Georg Josef Camel.

Source: Raquel A. G. Reyes, “Botany and zoology in the late seventeenth-century Philippines: the work of Georg Josef Camel SJ (1661–1706)”
Archives of natural history 36 (2): 262–276. 2009.

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Bodrum during the 1970s

A late-1970s postcard from Bodrum, a touristic town in southwestern Turkey.


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Phreatichthys andruzzii, Somali blind cavefish

Photo credit:
Wikipedia / "
Hectonichus"

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Canyon Creature

Artist:
Midiaou Diallo, 2018
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Timon lepidus, the ocellated lizard

Artist:
Vasily Vatagin, 1946
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The Ottoman Vilayet of the Archipelago

A French map showing the Late-Ottoman vilayets (provinces) of Crete and the Aegean Archipelago.
Source:
Vital Cuinet, La Turquie s'Asie - Tome III Provinces des Îles de l'Archipel et de la Crète, Isis Books, Istanbul, 2001.

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Title page of Turkish Land Snails

Title page of Turkish Land Snails, the most comprehensive volume on the subject, typeset in all languages of the region.
Source:
Hartwig Schütt, Turkish Land Snails, Verlag Natur & Wissenschaft, Solingen, 2010
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Eider in Flight

Artist: Richard Talbot Kelly.

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Anglerfish

Painting illustrating the diversity of anglerfish - every form seen here is an extant creature!
Artist:
Ray Troll
, 2003.

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Arslankaya

An engraving showing the ancient "Arslankaya" monument, a relic of Phrygian civilisation.
Source: Journal of Hellenic Studies, 1884.


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Vintage palaeoart

A lizard-like pterosaur battles a crocodile-like ichthyosaur.
Artist: V. Bertaud, 1866.


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The Ankara National Health Institute

The gateway of the National Health Institute in Ankara, Turkey.
Source: Othmar Pferschy, Fotoğrafla Türkiye [Turkey in Pictures], Matbuat Umum Müdürlüğü, Ankara, 1936.

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Renaissance sunfish

Renaissance-era book drawing of sunfish, Molidae sp.

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Vision of the Ottoman Navy

Painting by Diyarbakırlı Tahsin Siret, an Ottoman naval artist of the late 1800s.

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Label of the Filurya Rakısı

The label and brand of the Filurya [green finch] Rakı, an aniseed-based alcoholic drink from Turkey of the 1930s.
There were many brands of “rakı” in Turkey, but Filurya was distinct in being owned by Çelebi Behar Salamon, a member of the country’s Jewish community.

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