The Anatomy of Fantastical Creatures


Do you know what the juicy interior of a Kraken looks like? Have you ever seen the inside of a unicorn’s magical horn? What about the biochemical transformation of a man into a a werewolf?


Here are some marvellous anatomical figures from French Chimerologist Camille Renversade who in 2014 combined zoology charts, anatomy boards and scientific literature with sublime fantasy art of magical beasts from mythical lands.

The anatomical drawings show the various stages of phoenix regeneration, mermaid morphology and much more.

Fantastic beasts, their anatomy and how to find them

These exquisite fantasy charts are brought together in the rare, limited release and expensive book Fantastic Creatures Deyrolle, which is inspired by the museum of the same name in Paris.

Creatures Fantastiques Deyrolle by Jean Baptiste de Panafieu and Camille Revensade

Fantastic Creatures Deyolle is by Camille Revensade and Jean Baptiste de Panafieu. Revensade was born in 1983 in Saint Priest near Lyon. He is passionate about adventures, myths, legends and drawing and invented a new discipline: Chimerology.


The Kraken

‘Below the thunders of the upper deep; Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth’

— Alfred Tennyson, ‘The Kraken’ (1830)


An Anatomical Guide to Godzilla and other Gigantic Japanese Monsters

These amazing diagrams showing a medical cross–section of Godzilla along with other Japanese monsters such as Mothra, Gamera and Agurius. These illustrations were created in 1967 by Shogo Endo for a book called ‘An Anatomical Guide to Monsters’. This cult book was crafted by Shoji Otomo (writer) along with Shogo Endo (illustrator) (1967). An Anatomical Guide to Monsters has long since gone out of print.


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Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

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