As in Part One, this post will be illustrated with crappy photographs of the illustrations from the book. But it will also include some of the watercolor drawings I made as I was reading (as usual, click for big). Some of the more bizarre animals were too strange not to parody. Once again, we're going in the order you meet them in the book.
second most anatomically unlikely animal in the book - if I was remembering things right, as I hadn't read it in a while. Now that I have just read it, I can say with some confidence that the lank is the FOURTH most anatomically unlikely animal in the book.
most anatomically unlikely animal in the entire book. He's a Wyrm. He's an armless, tail-less, long-necked burrowing creature who for some reason has retained stumpy little baby legs. And he is descended from swift-running, long-legged, long-armed, long-tailed small theropods.
This thing only makes sense if there were no other more qualified long-bodied burrowing animals at all available in this world to fill the niche. (It'd still look awkward, but it would be slightly more believable.)
humans) from the already very disturbing Man After Man.
Our next animal brings us to my unofficial Dougal Dixon Speculative Biology Book Drinking Game. Anytime you come upon the following adaptation in an animal, take a shot:
The New Dinosaurs. Every other animal in the book is, like, 30-60% fat rolls.
On top of that, they now remind me of somone else...
Here's Part Three!