Cryptids of the Amazon region Amazonian "duckbills": Allegedly hadrosaur-like animals reported from the Amazon region. More information would be appreciated.
Amazonian "Iguanodon": Allegedly an Iguanodon-like creature sighted from time to time in the Amazon Rainforest. Possibly the same as the Mesquita "Camptosaur".
Amazonian ridge-backed dolphin: A river dolphin mentioned in tribal lore with a continuous row of small, triangular ridges down it's back, like several small dorsal fins next to each other. Possibly related to the cryptid Altamaha-ha of North America.
Arboreal giant anteater: An alleged new species reported by Zoologist Marc van Roosmalen. Roosmalen has named and described several new species in the past.
Brazilian little people: Very short people seen sporadically in the Amazon rainforest. Probably just a race of extremely short native people, similar to African "pygmies".
Black giant otter: A new species of otter reported by Marc van Roos
Cryptids of New GuineaArtrellia: Allegedly a 20 foot long tree-dwelling lizard found in Papua New Guinea. Probably some form of monitor.Cryptids of New Guinea3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Gazeka: A large tapir-like animal reported to live in the Owen Stanley mountains of Papua New Guinea. Name means "pig devil". Despite the superficial similarity, there are allegedly several key differences between the Gazeka and tapirs: The Gazeka is said to possess a horse-like tail, claws on it's feet, and the ability to rear up on it's hind legs. May be a relict population of the marsupial Palorchestes.
Giant amphibious monitor: An alleged giant monitor species from eastern New Guinea that is said to be semiaquatic.
Large furry lizards: Large lizards - or lizard-like animals that have been seen near the Aikora River which were covered in a coat of fur. These could be mammals which look reptilian in basic body shape, thus giving the impression of being "lizards", or reptiles that evolved a hair-like integument indep
Cryptids of AustraliaBunyip: A monster from aboriginal mythology said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. The word "Bunyip" has evolved into a catch-all term for several completely different Australian cryptids (roughly analogous to the American "Skunk Ape").Cryptids of Australia3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Burrunjor: A bipedal dinosaur-like reptile said to prey on livestock. Matches the basic description of a large theropod, but has also been identified with the Pleistocene giant goanna Megalania prisca. Goanna lizards will sometimes run on their hind legs for short distances.
Deception Bay Serpent: A serpent sighted in Deception Bay. Described as having warty, toadlike skin, and small fins. May be related to early whales.
Diprotodonts: Diprotodonts were a family of large wombat-like marsupials that roamed the plains of Australia about 8000 years ago. From the legends of the Aborigines and the folklore of the settlers, it seems that a species of Dipro
The whale shark-anomalocaridA small journal for everyone who haven't heard about this awesome discovery (no april fool... I guess)The whale shark-anomalocarid1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Tamisiocaris borealis (it's from Greenland) was allready described in 2010 but the fossil was taphonomic speaking suboptimal and it need new finds from expeditions in 2009 and 2011 bring more light into the anatomy of this bizzare animal. What these new fossils, especially a large appendage, shows is like the wet dream of any cambrium fanatic. These organs seems to be the feeding apparatus of an animal which prefer prey of the size of 0,49 mm.
Here a video which explain a bit more and also show how the appendages could have worked:
But maybe even more awesome is that such an animal was shown to us not long ago.
During the fruitfull days of the All Yesterdays contest John Meszaros :iconnocturnalsea: produced the picture of an very similar animal: Ceticaris
Thankfully Jakob Vinther, one of the describers of the new fossils notice that too, so that John's fictio
The GunniThe Gunni1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Gunni (Turpis maialis) is a species of diprotodontian marsupial indigenous to south-eastern Oz.
The Gunni is a 3-4 foot long, superficially wombat-like animal with dark brown or grey fur covering much of it's body, yellow fur on the underbelly, and yellow stripes on the lower back. The most distinctive feature of the Gunni are the male's "antlers", similar to those found in deer, but not seasonal.
Gunnis generally tend to be solitary, but during the rutting season, they will gather in numbers to spar and mate. They are herbivores, feeding primarily on low-lying vegetation.
Distribution and habitat
The Gunni is rare creature, but can occasionally be found in woodland areas of south-eastern Oz.
TemptationThe sound of sweet laughter was everywhere. Followed by the pitter patter of bare feet on soft flooring. The atmosphere was one of bright colours and shiny kiddish decorations. The main play area was stacked with brightly coloured and soft bricks and other huge toys. Big coloutful paintings in a kiddish design stood on the walls. But it was clear what the main intention of this place was. For in the middle of the play area. Which was littered with all sorts of feathery and fluffy toys and tools. A little arena stood where dozens of children. Boys and girls of all ages stood watching the two boys in the middle wrestle.Temptation9 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
They were clad in just shorts and grappling and grabbing one another. But it was clear the object of this fight was no merely wrestling. This was made clear when the larger one was able to wrap his hand around the smaller boys torso and squeeze his bare sides. Falling to his knees, the bigger opponent was able to wrestle the smaller boy to the ground and proceeded to wigg
Cryptids of Northern Canada and AlaskaKodiak "Dinosaur": A large unidentified sea creature detected with sonar surveillance equipment near Kodiak, Alaska. Described as "an enormous 'creature,' between 150 and 180 feet long, with two pairs of flippers, an extended tapering tail, and a long, slender neck capped by a rather snub-nosed head!" The basic description of the creature matches a plesiosaur, but it is unlikely that plesiosaurs survived to modern times, let alone in a cold climate like Alaska. Has also been identified with the prehistoric whale Basilosaurus.Cryptids of Northern Canada and Alaska3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Lake Illiamna "monsters": Giant sturgeon-like fish sighted in Lake Illiamna in Alaska.
Partridge Creek Monster: A giant dinosaur-like animal with a horn on it's nose reportedly from Alaska, Northern Canada and Siberia. Said to be 50 feet long, and covered in "bristles" (Proto-feathers?). Reportedly seen preying on caribou. Often identified with Ceratosaurus, due to similar appearance, but more likely a tyrannosaurid if anything.
Hypno's Lullaby + Other creepy Pokemon factsI found this on Halloween night. Since I was kind of idle the last couple of days due to Halloween Shenanigans, I thought I'd share this with you guys. It's pretty creepy and its also pretty official - Meaning that this isn't really a fan-made lullaby. That only adds to the creepiness of it.Hypno's Lullaby + Other creepy Pokemon facts4 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Hypno: Hypnosis Pokemon:
It carries a pendulum-like device. There was once an incident in which it took away a child it hypnotized."
Come little children, come with me
Safe and happy you will be
Away from your homes, now let us run
With Hypno, you'll have so much fun
Oh, little children, please don't cry
Hypno wouldn't hurt a fly
Be free, be free be free to play
Come down in my cave with me to stay
Oh, little children, please don't squirm
Those ropes, I know, will hold you firm
Hypno tells you this is true
But sadly, Hypno lied to you
Oh, little children, you mustn't leave
Your families for you will grie
The KelpieThe Kelpie1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Kelpie, or Brook horse (Pullum nyas) is a species of semiaquatic equid indigenous to the northern Occident.
The Kelpie is 5-6 feet long, and weighs 530-880 lb. It is a very basal member of equidae, with a stocky build, short legs, and four-toed feet. The body is primarily grey, with a white underbelly, face, mane, lower legs, tail, and spots on the back, and flanks. The jaws are narrow, and equipped with small tusks. The toes are splayed and webbed, for swimming and walking on moist ground.
Unlike most equids, Kelpies are solitary, and fiercely defend their territories from intruders. Kelpies spend most of their daylight hours in and around water, but leave the water at dusk and travel inland to graze. Their diet consists primarily of aquatic vegetation, and grass, but they supplement their diet with meat such as fish, frogs, small mammals, birds, and carrion. Kelpies are most infamous for eating the corpses of drown
Cryptids of RussiaBergman's bear: Stan Bergman killed an enormous black bear in Siberia that exceeded all bears in size. There is a folkloric history of these bears amongst the local Siberians, and Russian hunters have claimed to have killed them before. Possibly a relict short-faced bear.Cryptids of Russia3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Brosnie: A creature reported from Lake Brosno 250 miles north west of Moscow. Mentioned in local folklore dating back to at least 1854, Brosnie is considered as an iridescent lake dragon. A photo of the beast shows a panoramic view of the lake with a shining iridescent object near the front. One witness drew a sketch of what she saw, showing a big snake-like head with an eye on the side.
Chuchunaa: Also known as Mulen, or Siberian "Snowman". A hairy hominid reported from Siberia. Said to possess near-human level of intelligence. Sometimes seen using stone-age tools and wearing primitive clothing. May be a relict population of Homo heidelbergensis
Irkuiem: A giant
Preening FeetPreening Feet2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So, apparently Some species of hummingbird (sword-billed hummingbird in the pictures) use their feet for preening since their bills are so long and awkwardly-shaped. That makes me think of how deinonychosaurs might have used their toe claws to preen, almost like a dog. Perhaps therizinosaurs used their hand claws as well? That must've looked funny.
Images from BBC's Life of Birds, The Mastery of Flight.
Ch. 1 - A New StudentIt is said that in ancient legends around the world, Sinnoh for example, there was a time where there was no distinction between Human and Pokemon. Most people think that it means that there were relationships between a human and a pokemon that went more than just friendship. Some think it went even further.Ch. 1 - A New Student2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
You see, ever since recorded time, there were stories, myths, legends, rumors, and hoaxes of shapeshifters. One of the tales speaks of a Ditto changing one being into another. In the search of truth, scientists in the Kalos Region discovered a set of genes in the transforming pokemon that stays constant, the recently named Stability Genes, for it keeps the Ditto from dying either through cellular instability or cellular decay. Of course, the tale speaks of the Ditto using its transformative power on another being, not itself. Any truth found therein has been lost to the mists of time. – Anthropology Professor Archibald Winston, Relationships Between Man and Pokemon Spe
The 'Wings' of Tyrannosaurids and AlvarezsauridsNew paleontological-themed post on the blog that I wanted to share with you.The 'Wings' of Tyrannosaurids and Alvarezsaurids1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The fact that in paleontology there may always be some margin of error often causes artists and/or enthusiasts to fill the gaps with (more or less) plausible artistic assumptions. It has always been done and always will be, there is little to discuss.
Among the paleo-artistic 'memes' (if we can really use such a term) that are spreading, there is one that involves two families of theropods characterized by particularly short forelimbs: Tyrannosauridae and Alvarezsauridae. If in the last century their atypical arms were the source of countless headaches, with the advance of paleontological discoveries various experts and not focused on the importance of the plumage: with many species in clades considered to be feathered, the bizzarre little stumps became the support on For well-developed colorful wings to attract the opposite sex, like many birds. If prior
Dangerous Water PredatorsI greatly enjoy a swim or a surf, and the ocean habitat is full of some of the world's most diverse creatures. However, this vast habitat is also full of potential dangers. Avoiding injury is easy, and a person isn't particularly tasty fare for most Pokemon, but prevention is always the best thing.Dangerous Water Predators3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Tentacool and Tentacruel
Tentacool and their evolutions are a sort of non-polyp Cnidarian(or a Medusa) that frequent ocean areas. On their own, they're not as dangerous to humans, but these jellyfish Pokemon have a nasty tendency to 'bloom', or swarm during a period of about nine to ten days after the full moon. When swarming, the 'orbs' on the sides of these jellies' heads are bio-luminescent, which makes them easy to see in the water.
Like other members of Medusozoa, these two species have a powerful sting caused by nematocysts, or stinging cells. Contact with a tentacle releases the barbed nematocysts into the skin, which release venom. While a single sting is unlikely to do much,
Pokemon Types'If it is based on a fish, then it must be a water type'. That would mean that because my house is made of bricks, I must be a rock type.Pokemon Types2 years ago in Personal More Like This
'This Pokémon is mostly black in colouration, it must be a dark type!'
'This Pokémon is covered in flames, but it has a tiny leaf sprouting from its head, maybe it should have grass as a secondary type...'
I don't know, I just wanted to put some thoughts across. I think some people are a little archaic in their views on typing. I really enjoyed the shake up they gave us in the 5th generation with regards to the relationship between typing and design (Stunfisk and Tynamo being good examples).
Not trying to get at anyone, just needed a new journal
Dinosaurs: Ode to the TruthBlog Version: http://ktboundary-smnt2000.blogspot.it/2014/01/dinosaurs-ode-to-truth.htmlDinosaurs: Ode to the Truth1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The Italian paleontologist Andrea Cau, known for his blog Theropoda.blogspot lately has focused on the megalosauroid Spinosaurus in a series of articles designed to discredit or just explore the myths concerning the biology and morphology of the extinct animal. Although it might seem too long, the latest in this parade of posts embodies everything that the author has written about the mysterious theropod (if you want to read : http://theropoda.blogspot.it/2014/01/forma-funzione-ed-ecologia-di.html) . The result ? An accurate representation like no other.
The portrait of Spinosaurus provided by Cau is not
Memories of a LinooneThe sky is dark. There are few clouds, and the moon shines brightly.Memories of a Linoone2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Starring up at the sky is a Linoone. His name is Fries, and he’s been through a lot.
He was once a HM and pickup slave. Now, he is, as his trainer calls it, a bro.
Fries turned. Seeing who spoke, he smiled slightly. “Hi Salad.”
Salad walks up to Fries, and stands next to the Linoone, who had looked back at the sky.
”You’re thinking about them, aren’t you?” Salad asked after a few minutes.
Fries nodded. By “them”, Salad meant their fallen teammates. Fries had experienced more deaths than any other member of the team. All of them had experienced the death of at least two teammates, but Fries had seen ten.
”Who, exactly, are you thinking about?” The Bellossom asked, even though he already knew the answer.
Fries sighed. “Mostly Omlette, Taquito, and Frittata.”
Salad nodded. He thought s
The boy and the dogThe boy and the dog by Björn Hanson (2009)The boy and the dog6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Once upon a time there was a small boy named Timothy. He lived on a farm with his parents and his older sister. He wasn't the nicest of boys, but his parents and sister loved him all the same. But there was one thing that bothered his parents. He refused to take care of the sheep and the other animals on the farm. He wasn't a small boy any longer and there weren't many years left before he would become a man. But he simply refused to take care of the duties his parents entrusted him with. They tried punishing him, they tried bribing him and they tried reasoning with him, but nothing worked. This worried them immensely, since they feared no one would be able to take care of the farm after they died.
But one day a lady came by the farm. They had never seen her before and they were sure she wasn't from around here. But since Tim's parents were nice people they invited the lady in for coffee. She presented herself as Erica a