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Crested Jormunithan by Monster-Man-08 Crested Jormunithan by Monster-Man-08
A loving tribute to our poor understanding of extinct life.
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:iconnixkat:
NixKat Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting
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:icongooloogongia:
Gooloogongia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sperm Whale
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:iconinkgink:
InkGink Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
RIVER DOLPHIN!?
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:iconsansmegalox:
SansMegaloX Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Sperm whale.The ''crest'' is actualy a part of the real animal,but covered in cartilage so it can only be saw via skeleton.The beaks are squid's
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:icondevotedlykrispywolf:
devotedlykrispywolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
sperm whale and the beaks are squid beaks! :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconthedubstepaddict:
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The beaks found in their stomachs could indicate it ate giraffes, and the crests would've been used as a blade for slicing off their necks and bellies.
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:icontrevro:
Trevro Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
The scoop is no doubt an indicator that the creature dug out huge trenches to find food! That'd explain those weird underwater Holocene structures, the ones that look suspiciously like pipelines...
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:icondinolover1416:
Dinolover1416 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
Sperm whale?
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:icondinogod:
Dinogod Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A male spem whale...
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Edited Nov 23, 2014
Nothing, because sperm whales don't get 80 feet long.

And wait a twisted jawed sperm whale exists?
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
How did that thing survive?
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:iconmonster-man-08:
Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
That's the mystery! What's really crazy is it isn't a one-off incident, quite a few whales have been found with mangled lower jaws. *Evidently* sperm whales don't absolutely need their lower jaws to eat...
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Maybe they are suction feeders?
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:icong0j1r4:
G0j1r4 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sperm whale(Physeter macrocephalus),and a Giant Squid ( Architeuthis dux).
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:iconkazuma27:
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My fave whale, we call him "Capodoglio" (literally "head of oil")!
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:icondalucaray:
DaLucaray Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Blue Whale, the Beaks are Krill
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:iconsansmegalox:
SansMegaloX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016
Sperm whale sir,blue whales don't have teeth.
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:iconwynterhawke07:
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sperm Whale with a belly full of squid beaks.
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
The way it store water on top of his head makes me thing that it is a giant prehistoric ancestor of kappa
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:iconsansmegalox:
SansMegaloX Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Buddy,it's a sperm whale.
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:icondesorages:
DesOrages Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sperm whale, and the beaks actually belong to giant squid. :D
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:iconrasec-wizzlbang:
Rasec-Wizzlbang Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh, ooh, Do narwhals next!
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:iconwholesomewriter32:
wholesomewriter32 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
The twisted into spirals reminds me of the prehistoric shark, helicoprion!
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:iconpettamapossum:
pettamapossum Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014   General Artist
Agh, I wish I hadn't spoiled it for myself in the comments. At any rate, this is brilliant and looks great!
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:iconscp-811hatena:
SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sperm whale.
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:iconreaverpan:
ReaverPan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
enteresting
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:iconjohn-am:
John-AM Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Same guess as Rodlox, sperm whale. The "bowl" is where the melon goes. But I don't understand the beak-eating thing. Mind explaining?
Cool work btw. I like the concept of future speculations on modern creatures.:-) Don't know if you've seen this before already but: swirlything.deviantart.com/art…
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:iconmonster-man-08:
Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
The beaks are really from squids, a sperm whale's favorite food. The soft bodies of the squids wouldn't last long enough to become fossilized, but their beaks could. The future paleontologists, having no knowledge of squids, assumed these were "bladebelly" (that is, bird) beaks and so concluded their crested jormunithan must have had a very selective diet.
Hope that helps.

And thanks for the link. Hadn't seen it before, very cool.
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:iconjohn-am:
John-AM Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, OK! Donno why I didn't think of the squid. Cool.:-)
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:iconmonster-man-08:
Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Well it is intentionally vague and misleading, and beaks aren't exactly the defining trait for squids.

Also, forgot to mention, in a roundabout way the selective diet bit is inspired by real cases of orcas killing sharks and eating *just* their livers (leaving the rest of the shark-carcass to rot).
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:iconjohn-am:
John-AM Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, didn't know that! You learn something new every day I guess.:-)
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:iconrodlox:
Rodlox Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
sperm whale...or its uberpredatory kin.
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:iconorionide5:
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Nice infographic, but it was recently discovered that the tails of most jormunithians (not sure about this species) have restricted sideways movement. So I doubt they'd have caudal fins, more likely long cartilaginous paddles on the forelimbs for propulsion.
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:iconlxblack:
lxblack Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wait... these things actually existed?
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:iconorionide5:
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Yes, during the Cenozoic era when mammals ruled the Earth.
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:iconlxblack:
lxblack Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
New discovery? I've never heard of them and cant find anything about them now to fill myself in.
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:iconorionide5:
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Surely you've seen their fossils in museums!
www.animalbase.uni-goettingen.…
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:iconlxblack:
lxblack Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
right, that is a whale. I missed a joke somewhere didn't I?
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:iconorionide5:
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
This is how future paleontologists might interpret a whale's skeleton.
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:iconlxblack:
lxblack Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Specifically a sperm whale by the looks.
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:iconshadowofthehive:
ShadowoftheHive Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Writer
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:iconevolutionsvoid:
EvolutionsVoid Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
An awesome interpretation of a sperm whale skeleton! I at first thought it was a river dolphin, but the beak part was what got me. These Yesteryear inspirations are awesome!
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:iconhardcorecrocomire:
HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
or maybe it's stomach couldn't digest beaks?
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:iconprincestaghorn:
PrinceStaghorn Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Sperm Whale
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:iconharetrinity:
HareTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, a puzzle! Well, over 80ft and a skull like that takes it down to to 2 mammal species... Is it general whales, or am I missing something that should help me lower it down to just 1? I'll admit, the only mammal the spiral comment is bringing to mind is narwhals.

Cool either way! :D
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:iconmonster-man-08:
Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
It's a specific whale. "Over 80 feet!" is a bit of an exaggeration, as many such measurements tend to be...
The twisted jaw isn't standard for the specie, it's simply a one-off injury.
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:iconharetrinity:
HareTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh, well now I feel silly! ^^; Sperm whale! :)
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