Tetrapod Zoology

Neil ‘where the fudge are my thalattosaurs’ Kelley once brought my attention to the following piece of art…


I thought about saying something intelligent, but decided not to.

UPDATE: the image comes from here: Valin Mattheis’s flickr site, and I hope I’m ok in using it.


  1. #1 llewelly
    July 24, 2009

    I’m entranced by their cute carotenoid eyes.

  2. #2 Jared
    July 24, 2009

    Shouldn’t that Theropod have feathers?

  3. #3 wolfwalker
    July 24, 2009

    Vampire walruses … what an Image.

  4. #4 neil
    July 25, 2009

    The artistic genius behind this picture is my friend Valin Mattheis. Much, much more on his Flickr account; I suggest starting with Dolphin Eating Contest and working your way up from there.

    Uh thalattosaurs on their way, promise. There’s just so much to say about Agkistrognathus hard to fit it all into one post.

  5. #5 Sordes
    July 25, 2009

    Killer walruses? Well, probably a good time to introduce Pelagiarctos thomasi.

  6. #6 Hai~Ren
    July 25, 2009

    I… I’m speechless.

  7. #7 neil
    July 25, 2009

    Is this one of the deleted scenes in ice age 3?

  8. #8 Alan Kellogg
    July 25, 2009

    Two words: mountain walrus, Google it.

  9. #9 Alan Kellogg
    July 25, 2009

    Update: The Mountain Walrus. Note the one in the trees behind the elk in the first picture.

  10. #10 Roy in Nipomo
    July 25, 2009

    I never believed that the saber-toothed walrus used those fangs on mollusks.

  11. #11 Raymond Minton
    July 25, 2009

    What was he smoking when he came up with that?

  12. #12 Valin Mattheis
    July 25, 2009

    Nothing. No illicit substance is required to understand the facts about ice age predation.

  13. #13 Nathan Myers
    July 25, 2009

    Alternative title: “Time-travelling Zombie Walruses of Southern Hudson Bay”

  14. #14 Albertonykus
    July 26, 2009


  15. #15 Cera
    July 31, 2009

    i am entranced by this and want to paint killer walruses.

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