One of the most recognized works from the public domain, Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature, published between 1899 and 1904. Art Forms in Nature (Kunstformen der Natur) is credited with helping to mainstream Darwinism to Europe. The following image is a colorful illustration of a hummingbird (trochilidae) study.
Here are a few facts about hummingbirds to go along with this Ernst Haeckael trochilidae illustration:
It took 22 million years to create more than 300 different Hummingbird species
Hummingbirds are the only bird species that can fly backwards!
Hummingbirds’ wing-beating is so rapid and expends so much energy that hummingbirds spend most of their time resting.
Their name is derived from the humming sound their wings make.
In addition to widening the conversation around Darwinism, Art Forms in Nature is one of the most prominent scientific illustration works of all time.