Litter Bugs: Creatures Made From Our Cast-Offs

British artist Mark Oliver makes his "Litter Bugs" from gears, old eyeglasses, tins, and other things he collects as materials for these pieces. Each one is given life through its display with a common name and a "scientific" name. The one above is the "Curio Bug" or "Coleoptera Peculiar." » 9/04/14 1:30am 9/04/14 1:30am

This Timelapse Was Derailed By An Inquisitive Marmot

Everyone loves a good timelapse, but they don't always go as planned. While a Go-Pro camera was collecting footage for an environmental action video, a marmot popped up to investigate. Soon, majestic mountains, serene lakes, and fluttering clouds all made way a snuffling nose and lens-licking tongue. » 8/16/14 10:40am 8/16/14 10:40am

We Never See the Dangers From the Deep Coming

The full image is below, but this print is called "the deep, seamonster" and is by Emma SanCartier. The artist has a number of great projects: prints, sculptures, a book. They're amazing. » 7/31/14 11:00pm 7/31/14 11:00pm

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

In This Year's Iditarod, Sled Dogs Try To Race Without Snow

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a 1,000-mile trek through Alaska from Anchorage to Nome. Warm weather this year meant bare trails and trucked-in snow, while intense winds scrambled the best-laid plans of musher and dog. » 3/13/14 9:49pm 3/13/14 9:49pm

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

K is for King Kong vs. Kraken: A Monstrous Alphabet

Illustrator and concept artist Daryl Toh Liem Zhan is working his way through the alphabet by illustrating at least one monster for each letter. But while some of his monsters come from familiar movies and western urban legends, Zhan pulls from the monstrous myths of the world, drawing creatures from Inuit, South… » 12/23/12 3:00pm 12/23/12 3:00pm

Help! There's an octopus in the bottom of my coffee cup!

What creature lurks in the murky depths of your morning coffee? You'll never know for sure — unless you put it there yourself. Hence the need for Creature Cups, these awesome pieces of dishware in which a three-dimensional octopus hides in the deepest recesses of your beverage. » 10/31/11 4:00pm 10/31/11 4:00pm

Adorable two-faced kitty wins Guinness Record — and our hearts

It's not easy being born a Janus cat, but Frank and Louie outlived them all, earning him a spot in the Guinness World Records. Watch Frank and Louie go! » 9/27/11 3:30pm 9/27/11 3:30pm

The stag who wore a greatcoat had some peculiar opinions

They say that monsters never call another creature "monster." After a lifetime of being told that one is uncanny, the word becomes tiresome. Why pass the insult along to one's brothers? But the question should really be "why not?" » 6/09/11 8:00am 6/09/11 8:00am

Brilliant taxidermied mutants from Dimension X

Enrique Gomez De Molina builds impossible hybrid creatures out of fur and beaks and feathers. They imagine a distant universe where animals are at once avian and mammal, and live side by side with intelligent insect tribes. » 4/23/11 9:00am 4/23/11 9:00am

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

It's hard to be Cthulhu, especially when you are young

Even Cthulhu has an inner child. And, apparently, a love of tummy tats. This is one of many dark, weird, and downright silly illustrations by concept artist Shreya Shetty. » 11/23/10 7:30am 11/23/10 7:30am

Whimsical Photos from the Tapir Planet

Astronauts touch down in a forest filled with curious tapirs. An elephant becomes a miniature pet, and a woman discovers her carpet is actually a flat, fuzzy monster. In Todd Baxter's playful images, animals appear where you least expect them. » 8/07/10 7:00am 8/07/10 7:00am

We Told You Not To Go Through That Door

The slightly ill-fated brothers Byzantine and Slivovitz Stone had, once again, stumbled into more trouble than they were prepared for on a Friday morning after second breakfast. » 2/05/10 6:30am 2/05/10 6:30am

The Creatures You Wouldn't Want Your Worst Enemy To Encounter

What awful horrors lurk in the minds of the denizens of the ConceptArt forums' users? You may regret wanting to find out. For Halloween, the forums had a creature-art contest, and the results are horrifying indeed. Do you dare look? » 10/27/09 1:42pm 10/27/09 1:42pm

Monster Models Look Ready for Face-Eating Mayhem

Naturalist and modelmaker Andrew Scott creates sculptures of Lovecraftian horrors, alien embryos, and brain-sucking critters so eerily plausible that you half expect to find them on your next space mission — or simply rooting through your garbage. » 8/09/09 1:00pm 8/09/09 1:00pm

Creative Taxidermy Fuels Your Cryptozoological Nightmares

While some taxidermists are meticulously preserving our animals for future generations, others prefer to color outside the lines of their chosen art form, creating bizarre and monstrous creatures better suited to nightmares than museums. » 8/05/09 1:19pm 8/05/09 1:19pm