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Sea Sow by Pristichampsus Sea Sow by Pristichampsus
Monstrous fish of early mapmakers, such as Olaus Magnus' "Carta Marina.
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dinoboygreen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But it still looks great!
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dinoboygreen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sea Cow? I know early explorers weren't exactly aware of full zoology, but that looks more like a Potato Cod mixed with a razorback boar.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sea pigs were drawn on early maps, and were probably based on a combination of seals and walrus.
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Ucaliptic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love the creatures on old maps!
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avancna Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also known as "Teetertotter Rosmarinus"
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
I have always loved these things, they're so enigmatic.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
yeah.
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tamanou Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
My father used to own a very early copy of Carta Marina (hey, Olaus Magnus was Swedish and plain old Olof Magnusson before he became a scholar). He gave it to grandpa who put it up in his study. I used to play in that study when I visited my grandma 'coz it had all of grandpa's cool old stuff in it. I remember looking at the map and making up stories.

Olaus Magnus' "History of the Northern Peoples" is a hoot, its like a later and more mild-mannnered down-to-earth John Mandeville - about the place where I live. :D
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'd love to read about the early zoology stuff from that time. I managed to read some of "Of monsters and Marvels" the other day, it's very charming how they used to include elephants and ostritch as "monsters".
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