this sick illustration by @tomvanderlinden_official is the first print that you will see on our new tees!
all the animals you see are keystone species. animals that have more importance in their ecosystems than some other species. elephants, bees, hummingbirds, wolfs, jaguars, sharks, different types of flowers, and starfish. starfish were the first keystone species to be recognized as such. the human skull is a symbol for our dependency on these species and the greater ecosystems in general. we are part of these chains.
the human skull is a symbol for our dependency on the key stone species and the greater ecosystems in general
"the term keystone species was first coined by robert paine (1966) after extensive studies examining the interaction strengths of food webs in rocky intertidal ecosystems in the pacific northwest. paine had observed that the diversity of organisms in rocky intertidal ecosystems declined as the number of predators in those ecosystems decreased. He hypothesized that some of these consumers might be playing a greater role than others in controlling the numbers of species coexisting in these communities." (nature.com)