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Serpent underbelly, eagle talons, antlered skull, human eyes. The Piasa of the upper Mississippi was once the terror of the native peoples, its black shape blotting out the sun as it soared above battlefields like a bloated vulture. It took children from the forests and women from the fields, and no hunter could stand against it and live.
Then it was gone. None could say where, or when, or even how. Slowly, the people grew less cautious, less afraid. But they carved a warning into the limestone above the turbulent waters. A dragon-thing, with the face of a man. Just in case.
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The miners and log cutters along the Cumberland tread carefully at night. It's said that something haunts the moonlit roads, white form flitting through the trees, always at the corner of your eye....

Another creature from Appalachian folklore, interpreted from a description that is basically limited to "creepy, bestial, and white." It doesn't really have a name, either--it's only ever referred to as "The Thing in White." Or, apparently, "Sheepsquatch." 
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The Kalona Ayeliski is the most feared of the Anisgina, a witch-thing of bottomless malevolence and terrible power. Devourer of the dead and the dying, it steals breath and life to prolong its own terrible existence. Only those with strong magic or pure heart can kill a Kalona Ayelisk, should they see its true face. It goes masked and cloaked, in the form of a terrible raven, for fear of being seen, and even recognized it takes seven days to die.

Those who take ill in the mountains of North Carolina soon learn to fear its mocking, cawing scream.....
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Third of the Appalachian Nightmares series.
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No one knows where it came from. Some say it emerged from a crashed American spacecraft. Others say it clawed its way out of the sulfur pits of Mount Etna. Nobody can say for sure.

But whether it came from the bowels of a volcano or from 20 million mies from earth, the Ymir was a strange beast indeed. When exposed to oxygen and sunlight, it grew at uncontrollable speed. A shy beast by nature, it lashed out viciously when attacked. With heavy claws and large canines, the Ymir was a beast to be reckoned with, even when small. But it did not stay small. By the time it was brought down by the Italian Military it was far larger then an elephant.

The body of the Ymir was removed by the authorities, and in the political turmoil following its appearance and subsequent death, the body was lost. But some have claimed that other Ymiri exist, feeding in secrecy among the welcoming warmth of the volcanic sulfur pits of Mount Etna. But nobody knows for sure.
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Ymir is copyright Ray Harryhausen. The redesign, however, is mine.
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BURU
(AKA: Jhoor)

The Buru is an alleged aquatic lizard reported from the Apa Tani valley in Assam, India. It is described as between 12-15 feet long (3.5-4.5 m), with skin like a "scale-less fish" and three rows of short, blunt spines running down its sides and back. Its head is "long shaped," and elongates into a great snout that is flattened at the tip. The teeth are flat teeth, like a human, save for a pair in the upper and lower jaw that are pointed and large "like that of a tiger or boar". A mottled bluish-white best describes the Buru's color, with an underbelly of whitish hue. It has stumpy, short legs about a foot and a half (50 cm) long, and feet that are heavily clawed. The claws, interestingly, resemble "the forefeet of a burrowing mole". It also sports a lengthy, powerful tail about 5 feet (1.5 m) in length and rowed with armored plates. These descriptions were given by leading men of several nearby villages, who were carefully questioned separately. All in all, to say that the creature is unique would be an understatement.

First Documented: 1947
Classification: Squamate Reptile?
Size: 12 - 15 ft long.
Diet: Unknown.
Location: Assam, India.
Locomotion: Swimming.
Environment: Lakes.
Social unit: Solitary.

Sources: www.trueauthority.com/cryptozo…

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Edit: Gave it a darker colour.
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I nearly forget this matter. Spinolurus show a very interesting allometric pattern. Adults are fully quadropedal (they stand only on their hind limbs to reach higher branches or bird nests). Juveniles and babys are instead bipedal until they reached a lenght of 3 meters (between 3 and 4 years old). The bigger/older specimens are called Burrunjor and were once descriped as a seperate species.
Another difference to flying dragons is the state of parental care and the number of eggs. Spinolurus often laying up to ten eggs (Eurovenator only 2) and between 6 and 8 chicks are normal. Babys following their parents during the first weeks but these don't looking much aftern them. With an age of 7 weeks (this state is shown here) they leave the adult animals. During this time they are active at night and day to cover their food needs, their diet is a bit more meat-heavy. During the first two years they often live together to warn each other because of predators (they stay in contect with their long tails). Many juveniles become killed during their first year by snakes, wedge tailed eagles, dingos and dieseases/parasites but mainly the perentie and the lace monitor. Often only one of ten reach the adulthood.
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At 26-30 feet long, the Bull Tyrant is a formidable Predator. It has been speculated to be the direct ancestor of the more famous King Tyrant (Tyrannosaurus rex).

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Colouration based on the Turkey Vulture. I did some volunteer work at a raptor centre, and just fell in love with those birds, so I knew I had to base a tyrannosaurid on them.

Edit: lengthened the arms, changed the nostrils, and gave it extra-oral tissue around the teeth. It looks a little less vicious, and more friendly than the original, but I'm still happy with it. What do you think?
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Added 7/9/13

Ok, I know I showed some of you a different pic, but this hit me at work and I liked it a lot more. This is for *SirKaijuOfVaudeville's Creature Challange, which goes like this:

A sea monster so large it devours entire countries whole in a single gigantic gulp, its head can tower up to the sun and when standing, the deepest parts of the ocean merely reach its knees. It can drag multiple families from the shore to its mouth hinting tentacles or arms of some sort, and they can survive in its stomach for days to weeks, long enough for rescue by god or hero.

I may color it later, but I wanted the lineart up because if I DO color it, it will have ocean water up to it's knees and that would pretty much cover the tail and the one foot.
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Art (c) Me
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Ok, here my first seasnake. A few prehistoric dragons come later.
800 years ago they live also in europe, but whalers and dragonslayer kill they all.
Oceanodraco was the first seasnake that was given a scientific name and description, the scinetists wanted to save the small rest-population but sadly it was to late for the species.

The animals hunts in deep dark water and come are rarely seen at the surface. giant squids are their favorite food but these teeth are also build for harder prey. Sometimes they spurt out of the dark in a family of small whales. Skarks and other big nekton not be spurned.

Like their ancestors, the mosasaurs, seasnakes are viviparous. The youngs leave the mother after a few weeks and swimm in lower, warmer waters.
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The horror of the lycanthrope is not at the man who transforms into a wolf. It is at the moment the wolf forces its way out.
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Still messing about with ideas for different takes on Werewolves. I had the idea of something pushing its way out of someone, wolf jaws splitting the human jawbone, limbs lengthening and flesh tearing as the moonlight falls on skin.
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