National Geographic : 1972 Mar
VICTORR. BOSWELL,JR. When elephants roamed the Arctic tundra DRAWING ON THE PAST, artist-naturalist Jay H. Matternes translates science's accumulated knowledge of Ice Age Alaska into a striking panorama for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. A reproduction of his preliminary full-color painting accompanies this issue; here he works in charcoal on the mural itself. Like the Renaissance masters, Mr. Matternes blends outstanding artistry with a probing scientific mind. The world is his studio, from museum labora tories, where he studies the anatomy of animals past and present, to remote cor ners of Africa and the Andes, where he has gathered precise botanical and geo graphical details for his paintings. Hailed for their accuracy, his works appear in museums, in national park visi tor centers, and in books, including Dr. Jane van Lawick-Goodall's My Friends the Wild Chimpanzees and other Na tional Geographic publications. Share the thrills of discovery that each issue of the GEOGRAPHIC brings into your home. Nominate your friends for membership on the form below.