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Above: replicas of the mastadons from La Brea Tar Pits as foam models covered in chocolate. 

Baker Sara Heslington of Heslington Cakes in Corona Del Mar created this, alongside other food-based Los Angeles landmarks, for a gala for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

About 11,000 years ago, the area that is now La Brea in Los Angeles housed tar pits, in which animals such as mammoths would get trapped. They would die from starvation, exhaustion, or predation, and sink into the tar. Often carnivorous animals would hear their cries and try to attack the trapped animal, only to find themselves trapped as well. 

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A never-seen-before illustration from All Yesterdays, my book with John Conway and Darren Naish. Yes, these are “shrink-wrap” reconstructions of birds again. A pelican and a shoebill stork as interpreted by clueless future palaeontologists.
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Someone pointed out that these future paleontologists would be able to determine that these animals had feathers because they would be able to compare them to other birds. Yes, however it is potentially possible that in the future there would be no birds to which to compare them, and all avians would be reconstructed as weird, creepy bald monsters.

cmkosemenillustrated:

A never-seen-before illustration from All Yesterdays, my book with John Conway and Darren Naish. Yes, these are “shrink-wrap” reconstructions of birds again. A pelican and a shoebill stork as interpreted by clueless future palaeontologists.

www.cmkosemen.com

Someone pointed out that these future paleontologists would be able to determine that these animals had feathers because they would be able to compare them to other birds. Yes, however it is potentially possible that in the future there would be no birds to which to compare them, and all avians would be reconstructed as weird, creepy bald monsters.

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alphynix:

A 120 million-year-old example of polycephaly, found in China in 2006. This is a bizarrely two-headed fossil of a newborn Hyphalosaurus, a member of a group of extinct semi-aquatic reptiles known as choristoderes.
Hyphalosaurus lived in freshwater lakes, and their remains are so numerous that their entire lifespan is represented from embryos to fully grown adults. Females have even been found with developed embryos still inside their bodies, showing that they gave birth to live young.

Dicephaly + fossils = <33

alphynix:

A 120 million-year-old example of polycephaly, found in China in 2006. This is a bizarrely two-headed fossil of a newborn Hyphalosaurus, a member of a group of extinct semi-aquatic reptiles known as choristoderes.

Hyphalosaurus lived in freshwater lakes, and their remains are so numerous that their entire lifespan is represented from embryos to fully grown adults. Females have even been found with developed embryos still inside their bodies, showing that they gave birth to live young.

Dicephaly + fossils = <33

Take it off. Take it all off.

These were all created by Blackmilk clothing, which also offers tons of other cool dresses, leggings and swimsuits based on musculature, bones, pop culture, literature, art etc. But each will set you back about $100.

I’ve found these things on a few other websites for mad cheap, but I don’t really trust them, with the exception of Amazon. I think I’ll be getting the bones; don’t think I have the guts to rock that middle one.