One of the things I love most is looking at peculiar, interesting and original artwork that pushes the boundaries of what we as a society find to be beautiful and acceptable. Nobody can deny that Japanese artist Satoshi Kawasaki is stunningly imaginative and enjoys creating incredibly detailed and sometimes strange, even bizarre drawings.

Kawasaki recently created a series of illustrations about what people would look like if they had the skeletal structure of certain animals and posed just like them. Here are the very best drawings from the artist’s series about animal-humans, so upvote the ones you think are the most impressive and keep on scrolling. Oh, and let us know in the comments what you think of Kawasaki’s artwork.

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#1

The turtle’s skeleton is quite unique, and the shell is mostly made of a “thorax” such as a rib, with a scapula and pelvis in it. Based on this turtle skeleton, what would happen if you tried it on yourself? I drew a little picture.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

#2

Flamingos often stand on one leg and sleep with one leg standing. The flamingo’s body shape is also extreme, so I drew an illustration of a flamingo skeleton if a human poses while standing on one leg.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

#3

The horse has ‘lost’ all its fingers except for the middle one due to evolution.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

Japanese illustrator Kawasaki is best known for his detailed drawings of extinct, modern and futuristic animals. He deals with the topics of paleontology, and evolution, both actual and theoretical.

#4

Often, the foot of animals is mistaken for an ankle as a knee, so I tried to draw what would happen if I made the human foot the bone base of another animal’s foot.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

#5

Rabbits are always stooped, so it seems to put a lot of burden on your back when you stretch it.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

#6

There were many requests for a penguin skeleton applied to a human body.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

The artist has more than 12,700 followers on Twitter, which shows just how many people are wowed by his nature drawings, some of which have a comedic twist. And I agree that Kawasaki deserves his fame: his drawings have a certain je ne sais quoi that mesmerizes you and makes you look at the illustrations far longer than you would otherwise.

#7

There are various environments on Earth such as grasslands, forests, mountains, sea, sky, and underground. The animals have adapted and evolved to their various environments, but the body parts that shows the most change in adaptation are the “front legs” (arms). So I tried to draw what happens if the human arm is reproduced with the skeleton of various animal forelimbs.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

#8

The illustration of “Reproducing the bat wings with human arms” that I made a long time ago was wrong. What was wrong was that the metacarpal bone (the bone on the back of the hand) was part of the finger. I also drew “Illustration of Bird Wings with Human Arms.”

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

#9

Elephants are so big, but they stand on their tip-toes, and camels stand more like ballerinas. However, they get support from a fleshy cushion pad on the sole.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

If you think that animal-human hybrids are the stuff of fantasy, think again. Scientists are already thinking about the idea of developing them, in order to grow valuable organs for transplants. Organ donor waiting lists are very long and not all people get the organs they need in time.

#10

Half-human half-bird monsters called “harpies” have appeared in Greek mythology, but I tried to draw this harpy with a skeleton base of a bird (no tailbone, human head) and a human body.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

#11

If people had chests like pigeons.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

#12

I compared the difference between bats and pterosaur wings in human hands.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

According to Medical Xpress, Japan “recently overturned its ban on the creation of human-animal hybrids and approved a request by researchers from the University of Tokyo to create a human-mouse hybrid.” Researchers are aiming to grow a human pancreas inside a mouse, which isn’t quite the same thing as merging mice with people; but science is getting closer and closer to making actual ‘chimeras.’

However, this kind of research leads to some very serious ethical questions, namely, whether what is being done can be considered to be good and moral or not. On the one hand, these organs could save many lives; on the other hand, this comes dangerously close to interfering with nature in ways that make us intuitively reject what’s being done.

What do you think of Kawasaki’s drawings, dear Pandas? Do you have any thoughts about scientists’ plans to grow human organs in animals? Don’t be shy, share your thoughts with us.

#13

When shellfish (bivalve) are heated, the shells open. The shell is closed by a muscle called a scallop (closed muscle), and when the muscle is loosened, the shell opens. When heated, the protein in the muscles changes and the adhesion between the shell and scallops peels off, so the shell appears to open vigorously.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki

#14

There are two ways to transmit sound to the ear. Sound transmitted by air vibration is “air conduction sound.” Sound transmitted by bone vibration is “bone conduction sound” Dolphins in the water listen to sound through bone conduction sound. Beethoven suffered from deafness as a musician, but he overcome it with this bone conduction.

Image credits: Satoshi Kawasaki



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