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William Gordon Huff: GGIE sculpture and other art
Other Huff creations for UCMP's exhibit at the Exposition included a sculpted head of a prehistoric long-horned bison, Bison latifrons, as well as a bas-relief of a phororhacoid, a large, flightless, predatory bird of the early Tertiary. Like most of the sculptures that Huff created for the Exposition, the whereabouts of these works are currently unknown, and they were probably destroyed. Fortunately, we have a photographic record of many of Huff's Exposition works (left).
Huff was not only an accomplished sculptor; he produced many fine drawings as well. A couple examples are pictured here. One of these is of a mosasaur, a giant marine reptile of the Mesozoic era. Mosasaurs shared the sea with other giant marine reptiles, such as plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs. They were actually fairly close relatives of the lizards of today, and were most closely related to the varanids the lizard family that includes the "Komodo dragon" of today.
In the 1950s, UCMP mounted an expedition to collect fossil marsupials in Australia. Huff drew the whimsical cartoon at left for expediton leader, Dr. Ruben Stirton. Naming the beasts Homomarsupialansis humbugi, Huff wrote at the lower right, "Friend Stirt This is a restoration of one marsupial fossil you will have a hard time finding in Australia Bill Huff."
Originally created by P. David Polly, 12/3/93. All photos from the UCMP archives.
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