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You're drunk.

This is the recently described Triassic marine reptile from Luoping, China. As the greatest understatement of modern paleontology, it was named Atopodentatus, or "untypical teeth".

Yes, it has a split upper jaw with extra teeth sticking between the halves. Seriously. And it's a filter-feeding marine reptile with hundreds of needle-like teeth and (for a reason it surely knows best itself) hoofed limbs. It seems like everyone and their mother tried being a marine reptile in the Triassic, and not everyone was content to just evolve some flippers and catch fish.

Pristichamphus beat me to it www.deviantart.com/art/Atopode…, but this is the second Atopodentatus reconstruction on DeviantArt.

ATTENTION! It turns out the initial specimen of Atopodentatus was badly crushed and gave a wrong impression of it's anatomy. The current life reconstruction, while almost as weird, is very different: www.sci-news.com/paleontology/…
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:iconutkudakid:
Utkudakid Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i wish this was true,but ducklizards beat this theory
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional
Yeah. Less weird, but still awesome.
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:iconutkudakid:
Utkudakid Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah,herbivorous marine lizards with hammer-duck-bills are super awesome.But the first theory was so cute though..
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Magnolia667 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
And it turns out atopodentatus may have looked more like this d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/151412…
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Professional
Yeah. So weird.
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:icongdog00:
gdog00 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
creationists gonna hate!
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:iconagmantheag:
AGmantheAG Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I don't hate, it's one of my favorite subjects. 
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:icondinolover1416:
Dinolover1416 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
You're drunk, evolution.
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:iconlxblack:
lxblack Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
people need to stop dissing all my favorite prehistoric creatures
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:iconruschman:
Ruschman Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
Now that is what I call a Covenant Elite.
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:iconi-phillip:
I-Phillip Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Evolutionary ancestor of the Sangheili.
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:icontherabbitwhohovers:
TheRabbitWhoHovers Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Student Writer
Okay I've seen some bizarre prehistoric creatures-the 5-eyed Opabimia from the Cambrian, the bear-sized raccoon Chapalmalania altaefrontis, and the flat-out crazy look of Deinocheirus...

But this is the first time I literally went, "Is this thing real?! WTF?!"
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Over a year later and I still don't get WTF was this thing doing
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:iconheinzhoerler:
HeinzHoerler Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Go Home Evolution your drunk would be a even better title for this XD  
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:iconadamtheartist123:
Adamtheartist123 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, uh.....
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:iconi-phillip:
I-Phillip Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Google imaged it and a fw of the results were Sangheili Elites from the Halo Franchise xD
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:iconheinzhoerler:
HeinzHoerler Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
yes this is what they evolved from! Sangheili are my favorite species better than humens lel
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:icontarbano:
tarbano Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
If there is a deity out there, this is proof they are a comedian.


That has to be the strangest dental arrangement I've ever seen short of a certain buzz-saw touting shark
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
BTW, for those saying that the whole thing would be invisible and covered, it had teeth in the gap so must had this showing outside the skeleton.
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional
Well, that depends what it was used for and how. If it was a sieve for catching plankton, it should have been open. There could, however, have been some sort of lip-like tissue closing the extra mouth when it was not needed.
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
True but the dividing line should be shown then.
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:iconsessav:
SessaV Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I didn´t know how crazy dinosaurs are lived! 
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Not a dinosaur.
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:iconsessav:
SessaV Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow expressive...
And then what?
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
This is a sauropterygian.
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:icontrendorman:
Trendorman Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Looks like something out of a alien povie were the alien attaches it's mouth to your head and sucks out the blood from your eye balls
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional
Well, that was a new one. :D
A bit creepy interpretation, but certainly a creative one.
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:icontrendorman:
Trendorman Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Could you imagen what that thing would look like if it's decendants were still alive?
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:iconthemightysaurus:
TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Irish Pub. If you can walk out, you haven't had enough to drink.
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FancyPancakes Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, this is why I love evolution. My bf who isn't very into paleontology keeps asking me why I'm so interested in creatures which went extinct long ago. I can't imagine how someone could NOT find this interesting...natural selection can be so unexpectedly great.
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional
Exactly. :) 
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:iconnutcase9:
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Take me drunk, occifer, I'm home.
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:icontheamazingkopout:
TheAmazingKopout Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
The best part about this is that if I made something like it for a spec evo project no one would believe it was possible. :p
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, next you see is that archeologists discover a three eyed lizard or a carnivorous plant that aet small dinos or a pterosaur that started to go on the penguin's path.
Sometimes I really wonder if Evolution is something serious or just sees everything like joke. Still, cool pic !
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional
Evolution is just drunk. Or high. Possibly both.

Actually, you're not that far off. We already have many animals that have a tiny third, or parietal eye on their foreheads, though it's rudimentary and usually hard to notice. In the tuatara, it's actually equipped with a small lens and retina: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parietal…

We also have at least two carnivorous plants that routinely eat animals the size of shrews, small birds (which are, technically, small dinosaurs) and rats: Nepenthes rajah and N. attenboroughii.

For the time being, I don't think we have penguin pterosaurs, though. Yet. :)
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess so.

WOW, really ! Well I knew that one about the tuatara, but also other vertebrates, or were you referring to arthropods ?
Ha, I guess you're right with that.

Well, if Mother Nature bought us this, I guess it will only be a matter of time until we find something like that.
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FutureCreateor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When the pterodactylus was first found it was belived by some it had fins used for swiming.
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:iconrandomemaster360:
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really ? Now that is interesting. Let's now see if we discover one that really did used those wings for swimming.
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow this is easily the weirdest creature I've seen in the fossil record.

Even the most bizarre dinosaur doesn't come close. :o
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Two aquatic theropods think otherwise.
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:iconjeholbird:
Jeholbird Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't even know what to think when I first became aware of this... thing.
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional
I'm still not quite sure what to think, but it's awesome. :)
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:iconjeholbird:
Jeholbird Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful in its own way :D
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:iconhybodus:
Hybodus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
This sure is an odd animal... And the title is great as some people before me have noted.
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:icontraheripteryx:
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, my! Never thought, that during the Triassic, there was something creepier looking, than rhynchosaurs!
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:iconsketcherjak:
sketcherjak Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I love the title!
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:iconnesihonsu:
Nesihonsu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable hooves. And best title :giggle:
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:iconnutcase9:
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Weird . . .
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:iconpivotshadow:
PivotShadow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Truly, the Triassic was a bizarre time. Even their ammonites are weird...
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Whoa!  That is weird!!! 


Congratulations on being the second person to put a reconstruction of it on here, by the way! 

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