A Scientific Mystery, Illustrated

Scientists don’t like mysteries. Or do we? If you were a naturalist, and you observed something you knew no one else would believe, would you still try to describe it? On the other hand, would you invent a fantastical discovery to bring attention to your genuine, yet unappreciated scientific works?

One of these likely explains the strange case of 18th Century German Scientist Georg Wilhelm Steller. I first heard Steller’s name as a child – the jay named after him sometimes made flashy appearances at our bird feeder – but I didn’t learn about the mystery he sparked until recently. It’s such a crazy story, I just had to draw something about it, so if your interest has been piqued, read on:

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