Leonardo and the Whale
Etheridge argues that an early writing by da Vinci describes an encounter with a fossil whale, and that this seminal experience influenced both his art and science. Evidence from recent paleontological finds in Tuscany and from Leonardo's own writings and images is presented.
Etheridge, Kay. "Leonardo and the Whale." Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science NEH Summer Institute Essays. Ed. Francesca Fiorani. University of Virginia (2013).