About 500 million years ago, not a single creature had a skull. Over time, these bony plates evolved into the structural marvels that vertebrates—animals with spinal cords, aka you, me, and your pug, carry around today.

In fact, skulls are such complex wonders of nature that when viewed alone, they do look like they belonged to some distant, fabulous creatures. And that alone is enough to give the internet quite a rich source of memesy inspiration.

This time, people are imagining what aliens would reconstruct if they came across the skulls of some of the most loved residents on our planet, like cats, dogs, and wild cutie pies. Scroll down to see the hilarious results, but beware—it may reveal that your chonky catto is a Tyrannosaurus rex in disguise.

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

meow?

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

not wrong.

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Falcon
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4 months ago

Those teeth on the skull look disturbing af tho.

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Bored Panda reached out to Ashley Mason-Burns-Meerschaert, the director of education at Skeletons: Museum of Osteology, who told us more about these incredible bones. It turns out, the vertebrates with the most bones in their skulls are bony fish, which can have over 100 in their skulls.

Although skulls from different species might look similar, there will be slight differences. Ashley said that “some species of shrews and rodents can only be identified by looking at dental variations under a microscope.”

There is also some skull variation between individuals of the same species and also between males and females, which scientists refer to as “sexual dimorphism.”

Ashley said that animals' skulls can change over time for various reasons, like becoming more adapted to the environment, changing due to animals' diet, or because of injuries sustained over their lifetime.

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Titas Burinskas
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4 months ago

Hippopotamuses are underrated in terms of how horrifyingly powerful they are.

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Sinkvenice
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4 months ago

Xenomorphs are my spirit animal.

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Slinkman
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4 months ago

The majestic Eyelifant

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It’s incredible how much we can tell about an animal just by looking at these bony structures that support and protect soft tissues and organs.

For example, some particular skull features can indicate the nature of an animal. Wired suggests that “Big eye sockets point to a nocturnal lifestyle (big eyes harvest more light).” 

Meanwhile, “giant canine teeth indicate a taste for flesh” and “lightweight bone riddled with air pockets is an adaptation for life on the wing.”

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

i 💜orcas

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago (edited)

why is everything supposed to be ferocious but actually so ADORABLE

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Kisses4Katie
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4 months ago

No, it would just be displayed in a museum- "look what those mad scientists did to the majestic wolf!"

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Another incredible aspect of skulls is just how complex they truly are. Imagine—a human skull has 22 bones. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, it features 8 cranial bones and 14 facial bones. When a baby is born, the forehead, or frontal, bone is separated in two, but it fuses while growing.

And now let’s take an alligator. This reptilian has around 53 skull bones, which is more than twice what we have. But it's far from the most skull bones found in an animal.

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

THERE IS NO SKULL

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

they're not wrong exactly...

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

"I MUST EAT"

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Wolfowl
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4 months ago

Aw shoot, Alphys, you'd better get that DT Extractor back.

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JuJu
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4 months ago

Dogma: "...remember: even God has a sense of humor. Just look at the Platypus. Thank you and enjoy the show. P.S. We sincerely apologize to all Platypus enthusiasts out there who are offended by that thoughtless comment about the Platypi. We at View Askew respect the noble Platypus, and it is not our intention to slight these stupid creatures in any way."

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

its a SEAL D:

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

not wrong at all.

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Sabse
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4 months ago

What a skull! Looks like an inkblot picture.

Maryam Siddiqui
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4 months ago

that middle pic tho

R L
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4 months ago (edited)

Interesting shape. I have never contemplated a hammerhead skull before.

Must Be Bored Again
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4 months ago

I thought sharks were made out of cartilage.

Elicio Ember
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4 months ago

They are, thats not actual bone

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Willem Oostdyck
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4 months ago

omg i never knew

Lydia Interiano Dalton
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3 months ago

dear god i hate it.

hey everyone.
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4 months ago

sabase your so right

Bunzilla
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4 months ago

because every animal is just a solid bone mass with no joints

Regina Phalange
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4 months ago

that is a creepy bird!!!!!

AndyR
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4 months ago

I was thinking more Pitch Black.

Jerry Conaway
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4 months ago

Actually I think skull would look closer to the nocturnal aliens in the movie "Pitch Black".

Bacony
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4 months ago

dorp

Joeshar
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4 months ago (edited)

Even the aliens cannot reconstruct this absurd looking animal

Richard Brown
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4 months ago

I think they would see it as one of the aliens from Pitch Black

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

trees... they have skulls too? :D

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

not fat... just fluffy...

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Ruth Mayfly
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4 months ago

Not that different if you ignore the ears and the fur.

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

shibe is back

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Fernleaf6505
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4 months ago

i want one!!!

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Mikal Du Preez
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4 months ago

It's really just the size that's wrong here

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TuxCat13
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4 months ago

Holy crap those are huge eyesockets!!!

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TuxCat13
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4 months ago

There are a lot of cats on this list

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The Random Merp
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4 months ago

For those who don't know, the reconstruction is of a Psittacosaurus, also known as that one dinosaur that will friggin tear you limb from limb and eat your fingers if you get near it's young

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TuxCat13
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4 months ago

Anybody notice most of the middle pics are from DeviantArt?

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Heather Jerrie
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4 months ago

Leopard gecko?

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