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February 6, 2006 5:57 PM   Subscribe

Specious Beasts: the unsuccessful fauna of the American West.
posted by feathermeat (14 comments total)

 
I like it. Wish there were natural histories to go with the more interesting creatures, though; you can't even read the names on most of them. Anyway, thanks; Musgrove seems like a fine entry in the Juxtapoz school of pop painting.
posted by mediareport at 6:15 PM on February 6, 2006


This is so wonderful! Jackalopes suck ass in comparison.
posted by LarryC at 6:19 PM on February 6, 2006


Wonderful.
posted by soiled cowboy at 6:20 PM on February 6, 2006


Specious beasts? The mind boggles.
posted by mischief at 6:21 PM on February 6, 2006


Great link.
posted by homunculus at 7:03 PM on February 6, 2006


Specious breasts?
posted by chasing at 7:15 PM on February 6, 2006


Cool link, thanks. I agree - natural histories would have been great.
posted by Staggering Jack at 7:17 PM on February 6, 2006


Kinda reminds me of Laurie Hogin's stuff.
posted by killdevil at 7:19 PM on February 6, 2006


He reminds me of Mark Ryden, but without the incomprehensible iconography. It really seems like some iconography should be there, though. That Mark Ryden, he knows how to fill a frame.
posted by jenovus at 9:06 PM on February 6, 2006


Monsters on the Rio Grande:
In the folk culture along the Rio Grande, one finds persistent tales of a fabled monster known as the basilisk, or in Spanish, el basilisco. The legend originated in North Africa, was carried to Spain by the Moors and later transferred to the colonies in America.

The basilisk is variously described as a large lizard, serpent or dragon. In all cases, its breath or its look, when falling upon a human, is said to be fatal.
A smaller (but no less impressive) American dragon, the Horned Lizard can squirt blood from its eyes.
posted by cenoxo at 9:32 PM on February 6, 2006


These are so cool. Thanks.

(Been squirted by a horned toad before. It's unsettling).
posted by JeremyT at 10:51 PM on February 6, 2006


The Horned Toads I've held never squirted me--I guess I'm just more likable!
posted by Citizen Premier at 11:18 PM on February 6, 2006


I love these paintings
posted by mathowie at 11:47 AM on February 8, 2006


The beasts remind me of the Hialogalapus -- the 15 foot tentacled and trunked buffalo/elephant hybrid in Navajo myth. Evidence is mounting that this beast is real and alive in the midwest. seriously. watch yourselves.
posted by tranceformer at 8:24 AM on February 9, 2006


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