South Carolina and the Mammoth

Almost every state has a state fossils, but not South Carolina. Inspired by a letter from an 8-year-old girl, a pair of legislators in South Carolina are addressing its paleontological neglect by trying to honour the woolly mammoth. Alas, it isn't that easy. » 3/31/14 11:24am 3/31/14 11:24am

Its tapestry skin keeps it hidden in the brilliant colors of the jungle

When the first explorers returned with the hides of the misnomered Flying Monkey, researchers back home guessed that the colors made for a dazzling mating display. It was only after the xenophotographer Ly Bishop lugged his wide spectrum equipment into the jungles that they realized that the creature's skin let it… » 2/21/14 5:00pm 2/21/14 5:00pm

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body Costumes

You've seen those apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey a zillion times, but do you ever think about the people who actually played them? What about the man inside the ALF suit, or R2D2? Now it's time to meet them. » 8/27/13 3:00pm 8/27/13 3:00pm

These sculptures of impossible creatures look ready to spring to life

Sculptor Wood-Splitter-Lee creates furry and feathered beasts that are strikingly unnatural: wolf-stag hybrids, cats covered in butterfly wings, and masked wolves with blue and green fur. But she gives her sculptures such a convincing anatomy and such remarkable animal expressiveness that they seem ready to take a… » 2/10/13 11:00am 2/10/13 11:00am

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural…

Plenty of artists and would-be naturalists are content to observe extraterrestrial beings from a discreet distance — perhaps a few miles away, via hyperzoom. But only artist Alex Ries, aka Abiogenesis, is willing to approach these creatures and paint them. » 3/25/11 8:00am 3/25/11 8:00am