Feb 26 2013

Behold the Hummonite!

Whatever you do, don’t think too hard about where its spine would go. That way lies madness. Which is exactly how the Hummonite gets you.


(via TONMO)


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  1. 1

    That picture is sooo going to end up in Adnan Oktar’s next book.

  2. 2

    What spine?
    The hummonite had no need for a stinkin spine!
    Its nerve cord was ventral; its brain encircled the esophagus like any good ‘monite. The massive coil was no cranium, but housed the visceral mass and buoyancy-regulating organ. In life, the remarkably human-like jaws would have been encircled by a writhing mass of tentacles and the dual-jet-exhaust siphon would be associated with the equivalent of the nasal foramina.
    Cool animal–why didn’t you save it for Friday?

  3. 3
    Anthony K

    You don’t recognize a twi’lek skull when you see one?

    Admittedly, they usually have all sorts of CGI bullshit whizzing past them, but still.

  4. 4
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Why is it I can’t help thinking that someone destroyed a perfectly beautiful ammonite fossil? Maybe my nym should be F [Official Drag].

  5. 5
    jason the cripple

    Anyone who played Doom back in the day will remember this creature.

    You might not have seen the spiraling shell through all the fire. And this one appears to be a juvenile, since it doesn’t have its horns.

  6. 6


    The ‘beauty’ is mostly the result of (artificial) polishing, and it didn’t go anywhere. Nothing was “destroyed”.

    (it reminds me of a Petoskey stone hashpipe I used to have. )

  7. 7

    I misread the title as HAMMONITE, as in a distant relative of Ken Ham…makes perfect sense either way.

  8. 8

    Wow. That is a beautiful transitional fossil. Cue the IDiots.


  9. 9

    I’m statting that one up for my next D&D game.

  10. 10

    Certain cranks are going to react just like they did to that giant skeleton photo. Hey, if it’s on the interweb it must be true!

  11. 11

    I find the polishing to be vaguely disturbing and the cutting through the fossil layers to be highly unaesthetic.

    In other words, gross.

  12. 12

    A natural human (or really any) skull is pretty cool to examine. A fossil on its own would be really cool too.

    But this…

    Not really my thing. It reminds me of a skull I heard of a few years ago that an artist covered in swarovski crystals. Something that would be pretty nifty in its own, ruined because someone thought it needed more “decoration”.

  13. 13
    Rich Woods

    If it can levitate, I’m running…

  14. 14

    I am pretty sure no ammonite fossils were harmed It looks like they found a pretty rock, possibly with small odd fossils, or maybe just cast some colorful resin. (I dunno rocks all that well, but I’ve done resin molding.) They carved the blank it into shape, faking the ammonite as well as the skull..

    I can’t see an actual ammonite fossil having all that vari-colored stuff in it. Nor does a quick Google.

  15. 15

    A little more Googling, though, shows some like that ….

  16. 16
    Steven Brown: Man of Mediocrity

    @15 I personally found it easier to go to the makers website and look at the information provided. Looks like it is indeed a fossil: http://www.skullis.com/pro/4801883.html

    Unless they’re lying through their teeth of course.

  17. 17
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    That ain’t a Lost Soul, it’s a bloody Forgotten One!

  18. 18
    chigau (違う)

    That’s pretty-pretty.
    I want one.

  19. 19

    clever,a 21st century version of the snake stones the locals carved back in the old days in England.

  20. 20

    A bottle of Captain Morgan can be seen above the left eye, obviously an attempt to addict the unsuspecting viewer to the demon rum. But I fooled them! I became addicted to the filthy mixture many years ago, so the submilinal…busmilbinal…sumblibinal…sublilmimininal…
    {clears throat}
    …the hidden message solds no hay over me. Swolds no hay. Helds no holds. Holds no swag…

    ….’scuse me. Gotta go vomit and pass out for a little while before class. Doesn’t look good for the prof to staggering me in to lecture at 8:30AM.

  21. 21
    David Marjanović

    The ammonite definitely looks real. Each chamber has at least one different infilling.

  22. 22

    And the Ammonites came among the Israelites and rejoiced with them for the Hebrews knew no shellfish-ness.

  23. 23
    David Marjanović

    Day saved.

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