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 Guinea2 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 Australia2 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-anomalocarid3 months 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
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 facts3 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
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 Russia2 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
Peter and Robbie: Dog Days"One, two, three, eyes open wide awake" Tom commanded the boys, rousing them from their trance.Peter and Robbie: Dog Days1 month ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"So Robbie, I'm pretty sure you were just hypnotized. Do you feel any different?" He asked
"Meh, not really." Robbie responded
"What about you Peter? You don't think your free will has been affected? Like you wouldn't do anything outside what you would normally do?"
Tom turned to the audience and smiled before turning to face Peter, clicking his fingers and commanding "sleep."
Robbie watched as Peter instantly dropped back into trance.
"We'll see about that. Going so deep now Peter, so relaxed, listening to my every word. Peter, I want you to take a moment to think about your very being. Every little thing that makes you human. Your thoughts, knowledge, emotions. I want you to imagine yourself taking it, all of it, and holding it in your hands. I want you to now imagine a chest, a strong chest made for storing valuables. Now, you take your human thoughts, knowledge and emotions and yo
Holidays: if you had a brain Before you read this story you should be informed of a few things. First of all I would like to apologize for not updating sooner. Second of all this story is part one of a holiday series I'm doing, one transormation story for each adamant holiday. Please comment I accept critisizm and suggestions just as well, and be looking for a new holiday story about every three days. Thanks alot for reading!Holidays: if you had a brain4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Holoween: part 1
Hi all of you readers, my name is Benjamin Turner I have bleached blonde hair and ocean blue eyes, I know what you're thinking , I'm perfect right? Well not quite, but Im pretty close.
My story begins as I'm traveling on one of the most famous roads in America, route 66. I have a soul silver porsche with black leather seats, built in GPS and DVD player, plus the best of all... Cupholders, I know awesome right?
Well it was 11:34 on holloween eve if you want to cAll it when I was running on
The boy and the dogThe boy and the dog by Björn Hanson (2009)The boy and the dog5 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
The KelpieThe Kelpie7 months 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
So I was looking through my scraps...And found this... http://tamarinfrog.deviantart.com/art/New-Mayor-56472916So I was looking through my scraps...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I was onto something? :iconexitoplz:
Releasing my ModelsAs per many people's request, I'm thinking about releasing by models for download so people can use it as reference for their work, or even for texturing and rigging and whatever (although I have to warn you that I'm far from a professional, so if you want to use them for games or animations, you may have to edit them heavily to fit your needs. I'm preetty sure they're messy in this regard, since I make them solely for the looks).Releasing my Models1 year ago in Personal More Like This
They're blender files, although if there's any way to convert them for sculptris, zbrush and other 3d editing software without messing them up please tell me so more people can make use of them.
As I've stated above, you can feel free to use them for anything as long as I'm being properly credited. I know some people that would like to use them for Zoo Tycoon 2, so that'll be fun.
Along with that, I'm thinking of doing a contest: I'll release a model of some kind of dinosaur in a specific position, and the challenge is to send me pictures that you've made usi
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 Alaska2 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.
Introducing: The Jackalopes pt. 3Introducing: The Jackalopes pt. 37 months ago in Settings More Like This
Although their ancestors seem to have been fairly ordinary looking generalist ornithopods, Laurasiornithopoda of today consist of three highly derived clades, each adapted to a very different lifestyle. The jackalopes (Struthiodactylidae) have remained most true to their ancestors' lifestyle, being small fleet-footed grazers or low-browsers although they've taken the running lifestyle to its extremes, while the vanguards (Vanguardidae) have become huge plodding armoured tanks that echo the nodosaurs of old. Even stranger still are the duckongs (Laticanatidae) which have taken to a new element, paddling in rivers and oceans like weird duck-manatee-hybrids, while being clumsy and near helpless when they venture on land out of the necessity to lay their eggs.
The Earliest fossils of animals with recognizably struthiodactylid characters appear in the fossil record in the Early Eocene, but these ani
The GunniThe Gunni6 months 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.
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 Student1 year 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
TALK IS CHEAP BUT A LEATHER GAG IS CHEAPER...TALK IS CHEAP BUT A LEATHER GAG IS CHEAPER...5 months ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
MOSTLY A TRUE STORY
One Friday afternoon both my roommate and I arrived home about the same time. Over a beer he told me he was going trolling at the local bar later.
I was a bit older than he and had no desire to party or drink, so the talk got aroung to locking me up in a wrist /ankle set of cuffs until he got back. I had just bought them in the mail and hadn't had a chance to really try them out yet so I said OK. He urged me to slip into a swim suit or shorts as clothes might just get in the way (of all the clinking he was thinking).
I retired to the bedroom and emerged in my USMC swim suit / shorts carrying the darby cuff chain assembly. He pronounced his approval and clamped the cuffs with only 3 inches between them on in front of me.
Bending down he began to affix the ankle fetters with about 18 inches apart hooked in the middle to the verticle chain, as I reminded him it wasn't too late to change his mind (was I having a premonition?). CLICK, pause CLICK. I was ful
The PetDate: 7/24/11The Pet3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Right, so I'm going to tell you about my pet plant. The first thing you should know is I'm not a scientist or a botanist, or even a florist or amateur gardner. So I really don't know anything about this and I'm probably not doing this whole write-up thing correctly. All the same I've been taking notes on this thing and I'm going to type them all up and save them as a document which I will update as I learn more.
Ok, this isn't about me, but I guess in case this ever ends up famous or something I should put my name is Jacob Maurus, I go by Jake. I'm 18 years old and currently renting a house on the outskirts of the town where I'm starting college in the fall. (Should I give the town name? It seems the sort of thing that would be like, blocked out by the FBI so should I bother to write it?)
Anyway, that doesn't matter. That's not the point. The point a few months back I discovered a creature in old greenhouse behind the place I'm renting. Well I don't know if creature is th
Preening FeetPreening Feet1 year 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.
The 'Wings' of Tyrannosaurids and AlvarezsauridsNew paleontological-themed post on the blog that I wanted to share with you.The 'Wings' of Tyrannosaurids and Alvarezsaurids4 months 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 Predators2 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,