pen and ink drawing, 2 x 1.5 inches, 2008
Among the animal specimens collected by John Hunter (1728-1793) was this tiny fetus of a three-toed sloth
(bradypus tridactylus). Hunter would have been interested in this specimen
for his studies in comparative anatomy, but to my modern eyes this creature looks completely alien
— in fact, it's the closest thing to the cinematic E.T. that I've ever seen.
Today, this sloth is part of the Hunterian Museum
at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.