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Gryphon internal anatomy by sugarpeep Gryphon internal anatomy by sugarpeep
This goes along with the skeletal system. I think my favorite trait in this is the duel syrinx. That's right. This gryphon can, not only, hold conversations with itself complete with interuptions but can also sing duets with itself. Note the four air sacs that help keep the respretory system rather like a radiator to keep cold air from high altitudes from scoring the lungs. The Interclavicular air sacs extend into the humerus of the wing. This is found in most bird species today. I made the brain rather large because of Mercedis Lackey's gryphons. They are intelligent, reasoning beings. As with most species of birds, this female gryphon has only one gonad located on the left side of her body to produce rather large eggs. Respectively, males would have only one testes on the left hand side. Should he carry an intermitant organ it would curve toward the left to better access the female's reproductive tract. While females are laying they would be quite grounded leaving the male to feed her and thus promote social bonds between the genders.

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horse14t Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm probably miss-reading the description but how would it fly?
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11338325 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Writer
I have a request. Do you know of a site or can draw the anatomy of a furry animal? Like a gryphon?
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fmoscuro Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Genial!!
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xenocerebral Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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drake-rex Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
absolutamente fasinante
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Ithildae Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Gonad to produce eggs?????
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kutiepie420 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
what about the larynx and trachea...i mean how else is it getting air? lol just a slightly technical question....
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MasterMhal Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. first good internal anatomy of a gryphon i've ever found.
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RockBossKiller Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love when people think things through. :heart:
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TraumaticCatharsis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
You included the uropygial gland! Now that's attention to detail. :)
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Mersa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
This is wonderfully done.
I am working on a similar project at the moment, it is amazing how many people I am coming across doing the same sort of thing!
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a type of thought that hasn't really been pressed too much! It's easy to find dragon anatomy, sure. But what about other myths?
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Mersa Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
You'd be surprised.

Google Walmor Correa, he's so amazing. He is a Brazilian artist, and he has done mermaid anatomy, and anatomy of some crazy looking mythical creatures I'm not familiar with (maybe they're Brazilian myths).

A guy called Chris Quilliams has done all kinds of studies. Harpies, goblins, centaurs, medusa...

There's people who work with taxonomy as well, like Juan Cabana, and Joan Fontcuberto. It might not be that easy to find, but when you dig around enough, it's there.
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the direction! I'll have to check out what they've done too. ;) I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one.
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Chaotic-Dustbunny Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
I HAVE to comment on this. My book (I took it off DA =( has gryphons as main characters...and so I had to take a look at your drawings of anatomy. AWESOME!
You and your friend really should publish a book on anatomy.....heck, I'd buy it.
-ST
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wah! Thanks :D hahah I have to get more art out though before I could consider a book. XD It's so hard to find the motivation sometimes. I'd really like to do a mermaid and a chimara sometime soon. Crazy critters.
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DocRossim Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
Interesting. I like to see science applied to mythology. Don't suppose you've got these for the various dragon breeds by any chance?
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah nope. I won't do them because they've already been done. Wizards published a book called the Draconomicon. It's very informational as far as dragons go. :) Well worth the $40.
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DocRossim Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
Oooh! :D
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Sixwing Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, nice job. :) I like the dual syrinx - gives a little more believability to something with a huge meat hook for a beak being able to talk - and props on the air sacs, too.
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hhahah thanks! I was really surprised to find out that birds had air sacs and one sided... everything but it makes a lot of sense.
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Seuloup Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
Well, according to most fantasy references (reading in books and DnD and the like) they have HUGE wings spans. Am 8' long griffon would have a wingspan of 25'. They are also not very manuverable, and roost in high places, which means they more then likely are better at gliding then actual flight. Taking off and going up would be difficult, I imagine.
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Heheheh true! But there's still the issue of all those extra bones. T.T Bones are heavy. Very heavy.
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Seuloup Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
I have also seen that they are slightly magical in nature... true or not...
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Seuloup Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
I suppose it would be. It depends on one's beleifs of the past, I suppose. Either there was genetic engineering in some older day, or there was magic... If a griffon would be found today, that is.
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
True! But I try to avoid that easy fall back of the 'it's magic' explanation. And anyway.. how 'expensive' do you think magic would be to produce biologically? And would it be 'cheaper' just to evolve in an efficient way?
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FREAKIN-InSaNiTy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
that was very interesting to read! indeed you should put this into a book....and i think a centaurs anatomie wuold be awsome to read about please keep up the good work
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o I have centaur anatomy posted. And Naga too >.>
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maumanga Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
O_O

*wandering around your gallery, THEN suddenlyyy*

Oh!
Now this is something we donīt see everyday. How innnteresting, Peep!
My bet is that the internal organs have to be very light and big, so it wonīt add unnecessary weight when flying? Like the bones!

Great job researching all this, wow... >_<
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah they would definately have to be light. I still don't think this thing could fly though :(
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maumanga Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Couldnīt it? HmMm, maybe!
I guess it could fly perfectly well. If we think about it, such creature doesnīt exist YET, but if we are creating one, no one can say the opposite! :D

Maybe in a faraway future (like 120.000 years ahead!) some animals might evolve into gryphons, who knows? ^.^

See ya, Michele!
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severknuckles Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
fascinating...

*consider the following: the gryph; griff; etc., has ears that of a dog...
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah but.. this gryph is cat/bird of prey.. no dog.
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RoyalGryphon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006   Photographer
*faved for reference* AWESOME...
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kalamu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2005
OMG this is so awesimelt awesum! I know I`ve said this before, but this is absolutly great anatomy;P
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
*beam* thanks :)
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kalamu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
awww ur welcome Sugar^^
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InsaneMonkey Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2005  Hobbyist
Amazing. The details, everything is just amazing. And it's really facinating.... Is this out of your own brain? Smart :XD:

The only thing is, there seems to be a huge lack of muscles... O_o; And you should add the other legs in :)
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the muscles would have to be on another chart all together. And in that event.. I would have to study ALOT more bird anatomy. :( no time for that now. Maybe in the future. As for the other legs.. I wanted the outline to be very clear.. maybe more appendages would have messed things up a bit? I may add them in on the skeletal system though
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Holy crackernuts!!!

::stunned:: Wow.

::checks her old zoology book:: Nope... not in there, but looks like it could be!

I actually didn't know that about bird reproductive systems... very cool.
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
*beams!*I'm glad you like it. :)
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stardustcat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
Thank you so much for these two pics. They're very helpful. ^__^
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to be of service! :)
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forestsage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005   Writer
You definently have an inate talent for these types of pieces. As always an excellent job. I give you my props!!!
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SilverCoils Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Professional General Artist
You are simply amazing at making these internal anatomy charts. :nod: :worship:
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SilverCoils Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Professional General Artist
You are simply amazing at making these internal anatomy charts. :nod: :worship:
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
*beam* thank you. I fully intend to lable the Naga when I get an hour or so.
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celticblack Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
Ooh, so interesting and intricately done. I always like seeing these type of things being done, it's always so fascinating. :)
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sugarpeep Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too. A friend of mine and I have been tampering with the idea of trying to publish a book of mythical creature anatomies. I'd need to do a few more though. I think centaurs are next on the list though I've always wondered how fish and human anatomies would blend. Would probably have to go dolphin.
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celticblack Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
I think that'd be such a cool idea, I'm surprised it hasn't already been done or at least to my knowledge. 0.o Go for it! It would be wonderful to see more. :)
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