Month: February 2016

Embraceable Kaiju: Lepidopteryl!

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Lepidopteryl is a moth-pterodactyl hybrid that swoops in on unsuspecting flower nurseries and flies away with  huge bundles of blossoms. Back at his lair he sucks all the nectar from the flowers and carpets the floor with the petals, enjoying the lovely colors for a few days until they wither.

Engravings: The Lamia.

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In 1607,an English clergyman named Edward Topsell published The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes, a tome on zoology that topped 1,000 pages. Revealed in its pages were vibrant woodcut images of both real and fantastical creatures. In this book, Lamia seems to be described as a species, although “Lamia” also refers to a similar character of Greek mythology; Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating demon. Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet  (laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children. She was usually depicted as a beautiful woman above and a serpent below the waist.
In The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes, a Lamia is described as a scaly creature with the hind legs of a goat, fore legs of a bear and the chest and head of a woman. Topsell states that when a lamias see men, they “lay open their breastes, and by the beauty thereof, entice them to come neare to conference, and so having them within their compasse, they devoure and kill them”.

Spooky Saturday: The Bakekujira.

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Translated literally as “ghost whale”, the Bakekujira are animated whale skeletons.that swim near the ocean’s surface, rising as they did in life when they would have had to breathe. Often, a host of eerie birds and strange fish accompany them. Bakekujira appear on rainy nights near coastal whaling villages.

Fiery Friday: Bakunawa, The Moon Eater!

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The Bakunawa is a dragon in Philippine mythology that is often represented as a gigantic sea serpent. It is believed to be the cause of eclipses because it is so enamored with the shininess of the moon and swallows it. One legend says that there were once seven moons, but the Bakunawa swallowed them. Ancient Filipinos would go out of their homes with pots and pans and crash them together, as well as sing,to make noise in order to scare the Bakunawa into spitting out the moon back into the sky.

Thunder Lizard Thursday: Carnotaurus and Osteoderms!

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Carnotaurus–my favorite dinosaur besides Styracosaurus, and the only known dino predator with substantial horns!
I will be writing about Carnotaurus (“meat-eating bull”) a lot in this blog. The first thing I will cover about this gorgeous beast is its skin. Why? Because specimens of Carnotaurus have given us detailed impressions of the skin, including the face.

These impressions of Carnotaurus show that its hide was made of many low,round scales with larger, semi-conical,bony scales, called osteoderms, in rows along its sides.  The word osteoderm literally means “skin bone”. Like the skin of all known dinosaurs, these scales did not overlap like scales on some lizards and snakes.