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Robert Clark  Photographer/director @atedge

While working on a story for @natgeo on #CharlesDarwin, “Was Darwin Wrong” I was able to photograph this ape hand. The human hand is a marvel of dexterity. It can thread a needle, coax intricate melodies from the keys of a piano, and create lasting works of art with a pen or a paintbrush. Many scientists have assumed that our hands evolved their distinctive proportions over millions of years of recent evolution. But a new study suggests a radically different conclusion: Some aspects of the human hand are actually anatomically primitive—more so even than that of many other apes, including our evolutionary cousin the chimpanzee. The findings have important implications for the origins of human toolmaking, as well as for what the ancestor of both humans and chimps might have looked like.
Humans and chimps diverged from a common ancestor perhaps about 7 million years ago, and their hands now look very different. We have a relatively long thumb and shorter fingers, which allows us to touch our thumbs to any point along our fingers and thus easily grasp objects. Chimps, on the other hand, have much longer fingers and shorter thumbs, perfect for swinging in trees but much less handy for precision grasping. For decades the dominant view among researchers was that the common ancestor of chimps and humans had chimplike hands, and that the human hand changed in response to the pressures of natural selection to make us better toolmakers.

But recently some researchers have begun to challenge the idea that the human hand fundamentally changed its proportions after the evolutionary split with chimps. The earliest humanmade stone tools are thought to date back 3.3 million years, but new evidence has emerged that some of the earliest members of the human line—such as the 4.4-million-year-old Ardipithecus ramidus (“Ardi”)—had hands that resembled those of modern humans rather than chimps, even though it did not make tools. Words by #michaelbalter of #ScienceMagazine.

Over the course of my career I've had the opportunity to photograph many amazing canine creatures. As an appreciator of the species in all it's forms and shapes, the George Booth Dog stands tall in my estimation for all their charming hand drawn hangdog humor.
I would recommend checking out the Kickstarter campaign for Drawing Life (@drawinglifemovie), a documentary about the life and work of the legendary cartoonist George Booth by Producer/Director Nathan Fitch (@Nathanfitch). Shot over the course of the last year and the half, Drawing Life will combine an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the oldest living/working New Yorker Magazine cartoonists. The film will also feature animated sequences developed in collaboration with Animator/Producer Emily Collins (@Emmo_collins) to tell stories from Georges long and eventful life: as a Future Farmer of America in rural Missouri, a newspaper typesetter, an infantryman in the Marines in WWII, a martial arts expert, and a celebrated Cartoonist and Illustrator.

At this moment when America is so divided, it is the hope the project that perhaps humor can provide a meeting place between the embattled sides in stories of an artists who startles political worlds, both in the art and life. From proud Missouri boy to New York City slicker, George's drawings showcase people and animals from across the political landscape with shared humor and humanity.
Thanks for considering backing this project and supporting the arts, link to the project in the Drawing Life profile, as well and Nathan and Emily bio.

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Photos by @FransLanting The best way to document endangered animals like the Asiatic cheetah, which occurs only in Iran, is to use camera traps. It took the combined expertise of Iranian scientists and local wildlife rangers along with the permission of Iran’s Department of Environment and the support of an @NatGeo assignment to enable me to make this rare image of a male cheetah crossing a mountain pass. The second photo shows the teamwork that is required in the field. I am thankful to my friends in Iran for their help and devastated that two of the people shown in this photo have been in jail for more than a year now, accused of using camera traps for espionage: One of them may face a death penalty. But camera traps are not spy tools. Houman Jowkar and Amirhossein Khaleghi Hamidi worked with the government, not against it, and local rangers worked with them in the field. They were not operating on their own. They are patriots dedicated to saving one of Iran’s most powerful natural symbols from extinction. Yet they are on trial now along with six of their colleagues shown together in the third photo. Please spread word about this injustice and sign the Care2 petition by clicking on the link in my Instagram bio.
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One of my favorite pictures from a recent @natgeo assignment. I was in the foot hills of the Andes several hours north and east of Trujillo, Peru. I was searching for kids of the same age as children that were involved in an Archology story that was published in the February issue of the magazine. Evidence for the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas— and likely in world history—was discovered on Peru's northern coast.

More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a wind-swept bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what was then the sprawling capital of the Chimú Empire.

Scientific investigations by the international, interdisciplinary team, led by Gabriel Prieto of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and John Verano of Tulane University, are ongoing. The work is supported by grants from the @natgeo.
The image is reproduced in the advertising photo journal @atedge dedicated to spreading the message of #Photography.

Jaymin, a young women who lives along the US/Mexican border poses in her quinceañera dress with the border wall in the back ground.
I urge you to check out a Kickstarter project of photographer @ElliotStudio (Elliot Ross) and writer Genevieve Allison, @gengennygenevieve. They have collaborated on a book project, American Backyard, to be published by @GnomicBook, in which they traveled the length of the Mexican/American border.
As the description for the book describes:
Through a series of short essays and photographs, American Backyard addresses the disconnect between the lived realities of
American lives and communities along the U.S. / Mexico border and the narrative that the White House has leveraged so effectively to
achieve its aims. This story is told through anecdotal, first-person accounts of a journey lasting five months and covering 10,000 miles.
In addressing themes such as marginalization, acculturation, diversity, and compassion, American Backyard aims to provide insights
into different perspectives on how to understand this culturally rich and often misunderstood region.

The work combines excellent photography, insightful writing, and beautiful design to make an exceptional project.

Check the links in both artist bio and help push the book over the top of the limit on the project. Photo by @elliotstudio

Horseback riding a few weeks back near #redrockcanyon #lasvegas #nevada

Yesterday was World Frog Day, I’m not sure how I missed posting yesterday about frogs, but I live frogs, so a day late doesn’t matter to me.
Everyone loves frogs. March 20 was World Frog Day, a day to celebrate and raise awareness about these amazing creatures and the challenges they face and their ecological importance.
Wallace's flying frog or the Abah River flying frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus), which was named after naturalist #AlfredRusselWallace, co-author of the Theory of Evolution via Natural selection, with ##CharlesDarwin is pictured here.
WFF is a moss frog found at least from the Malay Peninsula into western Indonesia and is present in #Borneo and #Sumatra Wallace, who collected the first specimen to be formally identified
This frog is quite photogenic, due to its large size, brilliant colors, and interesting behavior. Its eyes and eardrums are large, its limbs are very long, and its fingers and toes are webbed right to the tips. Together with a fringe of skin stretching between the limbs, this flying frog can parachute to the forest floor from high in the trees where it is normally found.
Frogs occupy a huge range of habitats and environmental niches. The diversity among frogs is quite incredible, but one thing they all share is their sensitivity to the quality of their environment. This attribute is what makes frogs such vital environmental indicators – if the places they inhabit become degraded and polluted, or are altered by a rapidly changing climate, frogs are among the first to be impacted.
According to the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) in recent decades frog species have faced alarming extinction rates. Habitat destruction, the spread of the deadly chytrid fungus, and a fast changing climate are all major factors that have contributed to the devastating mass extinctions. Many remaining species are vulnerable and endangered, occurring only in tiny patches of remnant habitat and are dangerously close to being lost forever like so many others who have disappeared before them.
A quick look at the Red List shows that there are dozens of vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species.

Fun to go in to my archive and find pictures of my #parents that I had forgotten that I shot. I shot this at the top of the #EmpireStateBuilding in 1995. I lost my mom last summer and my dad is coming up on 95 years old, this is one reason I love Photography, sometimes it just hits you and makes you time travel.

Photo by @FransLanting The Asiatic cheetah is facing a death sentence. Fewer than 50 survive—and only in Iran. But some of the best people dedicated to saving these unique cats from extinction are now in jail for their work and may even face the death penalty. They’ve been accused of using camera traps for espionage. But camera traps are only good for one thing—to capture images of animals at close range just like you see here. This rare image of a cheetah in Iran was captured by one of my camera traps while on assignment for @NatGeo. I worked there with permission and support of Iran’s Department of Environment, and with several of the excellent Iranian scientists who have been arrested. They belong to the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, but they worked closely with the government, and yet they are now on trial—for charges that are politically motivated. This is horrible for the individuals involved, but it is also a tragedy for the animal which faces extinction. And that is a great loss for everyone in Iran because the Asiatic cheetah is a powerful symbol for Iran’s unique natural heritage.

Last sunset before #DayLightSavings time kicked in yesterday. I have always enjoyed the change by an hour to more sunshine. Enjoy.

Of all the different landscapes I have seen the desert is my favorite, the difference that a few hours can make, from burning hot to cold or from and over night frost to a need to seek shelter from the sun a few hours later. I appreciate the evidence that you see before. The history of time and the planet are laid out in front of you. #redrockcanyon

A wispy bit of rain falls across the hills of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation. The park lies in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. and is known for geological features such as towering red sandstone peaks. The Red Rock area has a complex geological history, which over millions of years, helped create the region's dramatic landscape. By 180 million years ago, the climate continued to change and the area became a desert with vast expanses of huge shifting sand dunes. These dunes accumulated over a broad area and were lithified, cemented with calcium carbonate and iron oxides. They developed as the colorful Aztec Sandstone.
During a mountain-building period called the Laramide orogeny around 66 million years ago, the Keystone Thrust Fault developed. The Keystone is part of a series of thrust faults which ran through much of western North America and through the #RedRock. But all I really know is that it is a beautiful place that I will visit again. @atedge

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