Thursday, July 22, 2010
Building a desmostylian.
UCMP short description
Something a little more entertaining
This is Desumon, a cartoon desmostylian that was created by a natural history museum in Japan to help introduce the Desmostylia to the public. Desmostylians are very popular in Japan, which is just another sign of their cultural advancement, in my opinion. I mean, there has to be a correlation between the quality of their science and math education and the preponderance of desmostylians in popular culture.
Check out a skeleton, their limb bones are absolutely grotesque. Aww, so ugly it's cute. I'll save the ranting about how little literature on paleo mammals seems to be accessible to the general public (I have god knows how many dinosaur books, but for mammals there is very little to choose from.) I know lots of people think mammals are super boring, but I love them even though they don't make much sense. Litoptern wha?
Expecting to make it fancier soon.