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Griffin Anatomy- Natural History of the Fantastic

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The book is available for high quality digital download here
And physical copies can be found here!

Over 3 years in the making, this 120-page artbook bestiary includes the anatomy, behavior, and origins of over 20 amazing fantasy creatures. Each interconnected through a series of recorded histories, myths, and first-hand encounters that stress the value of exploration and curiosity in the face of superstition.

"Griffins are large winged beasts that inhabit high mountain peaks and perilous cliffs. Explorer's initial descriptions of the griffin were vague and contradictory. However, all accounts seemed to infer the same noble attributes- kindness, bravery, and intelligence.

The creature, in fact, possesses none of the regal qualities initially described, having more in common with vultures and goats than eagles and lions. Griffins are aggressive and territorial with a violent nature that becomes apparent during mating season. During this time their stunted and vestigial wings are put to use to attract mates and intimidate rivals."



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UmbraLarva's avatar
heyy this looks familiar! *has your card* ^_^ I love that little changey holographic card thingy!
Dovaah's avatar
This looks more like a hippogriff than a griffin, though.
UnityStarHeart198's avatar
It's trico from the last guardian!!! I think?
UnityStarHeart198's avatar
Nevermind it has a beak
TheLastXGamer's avatar
Griffin, Griffon, or Gryphon?
That is the question.

My name is Griffin...
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TImberwolfhusky's avatar
Now. I am mote than inclined to dispell this demeaning speculation.. It remains easy to adorn thentrue nature of a ravishing creature if its intrinsic behavior does not gall within the 'palatable' spectrum of the observers...
JurassicJacob's avatar
What are the origins of the griffon? Mammal, bird, reptile even? And how did it evolve 6 limbs (the third pair being the wings of course).
Christopher-Stoll's avatar
There's a great deal more info in the book, but in this world there are two separate evolutionary lineages of vertebrates. Hexapods, which include dragons, griffins, centaur, and manticore, developed from a six-finned species of prehistoric fish. Tetrapods, on the other hand, include orks, humans, minotaur, giants, fairies, unicorns, and goblins.

Griffins are warm blooded and are most closely related to dragons, having sprung from a common ancestor almost 20 million years ago.
Hannahdoodle100's avatar
... I watched a bbc documentary once which mentioned that Griffins were inspired by a species of dinosaur (Protoceratops i think), as there was a large amount of Bones and nests of them in a relatively nearby mountain range... The Documentary was called "Dinosaurs, Myths and Monsters". 

But i like your design which is more  bird-like.
lapis-lazuri's avatar
I like the noble concept more. Nicely drawn though.
Viergacht's avatar
Interesting take on gryphons. 
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