Emily Willoughby

emily willoughby

Emily is an author, paleontological illustrator, and nature photographer with a passion for anything and everything with feathers. Her work—ranging from paleoart to science communication on evolution—has been featured in journals, books, and museums around the world. Her artwork, photography, and social media links can be found on emilywilloughby.com. She is currently working toward a graduate degree in cognitive psychology.

Osprey: A Bird of Many Names

This bird may be called an osprey, a fish hawk, a river hawk, a sea hawk, or even a fish ...
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Nests, Neurons, and the Evolution of Behavior. How and Why Do Brain Cells Die?

Nests, Neurons, and the Evolution of Behavior

Evolution is a beautiful process. We tend to appreciate its elegance most when looking backward into deep time-- to our ...
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The Art of Scientific Illustration

The Art of Scientific Illustration

A picture is worth a thousand words. Scientific illustration is more than just a cool art form. It conveys technical ...
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Book Review: God’s Word or Human Reason?

Book Review: God’s Word or Human Reason?

Title: God’s Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism Reviewed by: Steven Spence Authors: Jonathan Kane, Emily Willoughby, ...
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ancient bird wing preserved in amber

Amber Preserves Details of Ancient Bird Wings

An ancient bird wing has been found preserved in amber. Learn about it from a paleoartist, or scientific illustrator, who ...
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Velociraptor © Emily Willoughby

Velociraptor Needs Your Help

By Emily Willoughby @eawilloughby Velociraptor! The name strikes excitement into the hearts of dinosaur enthusiasts far and wide, just as ...
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Dinosaur Dromaeosaurus by David Alden

Dromaeosaurus: Dinosaur Brought to Life in Colorful Sculpture

By Shayna Keyles  @shaynakeyles David Alden is a sculptor who, in his latest project, combines his enthusiasm for paleontology and ...
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Birds: The Greatest Eyes on Earth

Bird Eyes: The Greatest Eyes on Earth

Bird eyes have incredible vision. Falcons and other birds of prey have highly specialized eyes for a predatory lifestyle on ...
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birds fly home, migration

Bird Migration: I’ll Fly Home—or Not

By Mark Lasbury, MS, MSEd, PhD @Biologuy1 The arctic tern travels from north of the Arctic Circle to Antarctica and ...
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Two Perseid meteors from western NC (Emily Willoughby)

Discovered: Nearby Planets that Could Host Life

MIT researchers found three potentially habitable planets orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star. Three planets, just 40 light years away from ...
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big, beautiful bird brains

Big, Beautiful Bird Brains

By Emily Willoughby @eawilloughby It is probably not a coincidence that the verbs ape and parrot have such a similar ...
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The Art of Scientific Illustration

Discovering Dakotaraptor Steini

By Featured Guest David Blagic David is a young, amateur paleontologist and student of vertebrate paleontology. He lives in Mladenovac, ...
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how snakes lost their legs

How Did Snakes Lose Their Legs?

Long ago, snakes had legs, so how did snakes lose their legs? A fresh clue as to how and why ...
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The Art of Scientific Illustration

Dakotaraptor: Giant Raptor Straight Out of Hell Creek

By Emily Willoughby For centuries, dinosaurs have captured the public’s imagination through their massive proportions and power, and their ancestral ...
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