Produced in multicolour, the illustration of Ernst Hackel scientist and illustrator who lived in the 19th, seem almost science-fictional depictions of imaginary species, though they are grounded in scientific observation.
His magnum opus is a book entitled Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms of Nature) in which he produced detailed colour illustrations of animals, sea creatures and microorganisms.

In light of the massive extinction of species we are experiencing, we can see Haeckel’s work as a time machine or representative of a lost world.

Illustrations from Kunstformen der Natur, The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial (TR)