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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1 year ago

meow?

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Fernleaf6505
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1 year ago

not wrong.

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Falcon
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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Sinkvenice
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1 year ago

Xenomorphs are my spirit animal.

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Slinkman
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1 year 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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1 year ago

i 💜orcas

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Fernleaf6505
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1 year ago (edited)

why is everything supposed to be ferocious but actually so ADORABLE

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Kisses4Katie
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1 year ago

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

Randy Klefbeck
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1 year ago

I see why those poor dogs have breathing problems.

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Valquerys
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1 year ago

I feel bad for pugs. They did not evolve into that. Breeders had to breed them to look like that, and even so, they can’t breathe properly.

TrashPandaru
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1 year ago

This type of breeding should be banned, the poor things suffer horrible health conditions because of it

Bebe
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1 year ago

It's sad actually, the way pugs have so many breathing ailments..

Betsy Steinhart
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1 year ago

Inbreeding has ruined this dog breed.

Michelle Muirhead
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1 year ago

Oh my God, the poor wee thing . Just why?

CharliAnn Olney
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1 year ago

Poor Puggies. Look at old paintings of them. They are not supposed to look like this!

Dawn Murin
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1 year ago

No wonder pugs have trouble breathing. : (

Martha Meyer
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1 year ago

Anyone contemplating getting a pug should be shown this skull first so they can see what cruel breeding that actually is.

Shelp
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, the real one is almost as ugly as the reconstructed one

BoredPundits
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1 year ago

Yes, they can't breathe properly, poor little things. They shouldn't be able to breed them like that, just because it's "fashionable".

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Ryan Parman
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1 year ago

srsly. everytime i see pugs i feel bad for them. pugs and those cats with short legs. they cute now but when they're older they're just a big ball of medical issues.

Logan Slaughter
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1 year ago

For decency's sake, the pug should be outlawed. Their very existence is pain and suffering.

Sinkvenice
Community Member
1 year ago

Even though I love dogs, reconstructing it as a Predator's skull, is infinitely cooler than what it actually is.

Anna Repp
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1 year ago

Oh my - that skull is painful to look at! Poor things!

Twenty øne doggos
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1 year ago

That's what a pug's skull is shaped like!? Poor babies, we need to stop inbreeding.

David Martinez
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1 year ago

I'm sorry to say, and I do feel bad for them, but pugs are the ugliest dog breed ever, inside and out apparently

AnnSmithJones
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1 year ago

They weren't always https://pugdogpassion.com/a-healthy-pug-standard/ This group is working on breeding them back to their original healthier standard

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Courtney Christelle
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1 year ago

Even their skulls are dorky looking.

Lucy Hill
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1 year ago

That poor puggo in ‘the animal’ pic- I was obsessed with them for years until I saw a side-by-side comparison of a pug skull 50yrs ago next to the mutated alien skull of one today. We’ve really ruined that breed 😪

David Wong
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1 year ago

That's why the Predator was using a respirator in the movies.

Merlyn Emrys
Community Member
1 year ago

well that's intentional animal deformity for fashion's sake, that one isn't nature. It's just cruelty.

Iao Inseru
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1 year ago

the aline animal looks better than the animal itself :p

Iao Inseru
Community Member
1 year ago

the alien animal is better looking than the human one O.o

Slinkman
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1 year ago

I would reconstruct him like the Doctor from 'A nightmare before Chrismas'

Nick Nasca
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6 months ago

Is this really what we've done to that animal? Just to make it "cute"? They're not even cute. Humans are sick, man.

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1 year ago

Awwww! Puggie <3

Caroline Driver
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1 year ago

Yeah. Poor little sods.

Jace
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1 year ago

Not even close.

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Poor dog!

Cashie 181141
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1 year ago

i was just wondering that in case of dinosaur may b we are like aliens... what i wana say is that we recreated dinosaur by its skeleton and skull may b they are cute in reality and we pictured them terrifying 😂😂do i make sense? 😂SORRY

Grace Smith
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1 year ago

Poor things. Stupid cruel dog breeding

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1 year ago

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Nicholas Grettum
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1 year ago

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Insa Müller
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1 year ago

Should be 1st place!!!!

hey everyone.
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1 year ago

i love the pug i really want one

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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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1 year ago

THERE IS NO SKULL

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Fernleaf6505
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1 year ago

they're not wrong exactly...

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Fernleaf6505
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1 year ago

"I MUST EAT"

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Wolfowl
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1 year ago

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

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JuJu
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1 year 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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1 year ago

its a SEAL D:

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Fernleaf6505
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1 year ago

not wrong at all.

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Sabse
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1 year ago

What a skull! Looks like an inkblot picture.

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Fernleaf6505
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1 year ago

trees... they have skulls too? :D

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Fernleaf6505
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1 year ago

not fat... just fluffy...

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Ruth Mayfly
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1 year ago

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

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Fernleaf6505
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1 year ago

shibe is back

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Fernleaf6505
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1 year ago

i want one!!!

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Mikal Du Preez
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1 year ago

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

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TuxCat13
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1 year ago

Holy crap those are huge eyesockets!!!

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TuxCat13
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1 year ago

There are a lot of cats on this list

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The Random Merp
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1 year 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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1 year ago

Anybody notice most of the middle pics are from DeviantArt?

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Heather Jerrie
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1 year ago

Leopard gecko?

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