Mythological creatures are cooler when they're anatomically correct

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From the wickedly creative mind of artist and author E.B. Hudspeth comes a series of illustrations depicting mythological beasts in the meticulously labeled style of anatomy textbooks.

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The images here are borrowed from Hedspeth's The Resurrectionist, a two-part volume that includes The Codex Extinct Animalia, "a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts, [including] dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus" and others.

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Color us captivated. This collection seems a treat for anatomy enthusiasts and creature-philes alike.

Illustration for article titled Mythological creatures are cooler when theyre anatomically correct
Illustration for article titled Mythological creatures are cooler when theyre anatomically correct
Illustration for article titled Mythological creatures are cooler when theyre anatomically correct
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Illustration for article titled Mythological creatures are cooler when theyre anatomically correct
Illustration for article titled Mythological creatures are cooler when theyre anatomically correct
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[E. B. Hudspeth via Scientific Illustration]

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I love this, people should think way more about the anatomy of their paranormal beings. When I started writing about Naga (it's nothing published yet) I first sat down and thought thoroughly about how to create a possible body - owning several anatomy books from my art hobby and my medical doctor uncle helped a lot. Because I have seen a lot of anatomical disasters in writing and drawing, especially the reproduction is a problem. You can choose three ways: a) more reptilian b) more human c) something totally different (like Mr. Seahorse), but it is not as easy as one thinks to think of something really different.

Especially the reproduction part is sometimes pretty bland. Only sometimes there are some very strange cultural habits of foreign races, often sex with totally foreign creatures goes like with a human, or only telepathically (boooring).