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    This website has almost every image from Ellenberger's Atlas of Animal Anatomy. There are several pages of very detailed anatomical plates.

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    http://baby-rah.ru/de/?p=foto_pigmalion This is a gallery of hairless Sphynx cats. Great reference for hairless, wrinkly creatures.

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    Steve Husky is a biology professor. More importantly, his faculty profile page has many quality images of reptile and fish skeletons. Just go right click > view image to see the images at a higher resolution.

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    Animal Diversity Web is a great place to browse through. It has both photographs of animals and anatomical diagrams and such.

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    http://www.dundee.ac.uk/museum/zoology/skeletons.htm Is a nice gallery of high-res mammal skeletons.

    Animals of the Fort Worth Zoo is another decent gallery of animal photos.

    Insect anatomy.

    Digimorph! You have no idea how great this website is. It has very high-quality images of hundreds of different animal species (usually only skulls and skeletons, though). Even better, each species usually has several videos of the skull/body rotating and spinning, so you can study a specimen from any angle.

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    Skeletal Drawing.com is a fantastic gallery of dinosaur skeletons. There are even a few images of dinosaur musculature, which isn't something you see very often.

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    Tetrapod Zoology is a very good zoology blog that you may find interesting.

    You'll find lots of neat animal skeleton images if you browse through http://www.skullsunlimited.com/

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    http://www.nhc.ed.ac.uk/index.php?page=493 has some okay animal images and info to browse through.

    http://geology.cwru.edu/~huwig/catalog/cenozoic.html is a somewhat interesting gallery of extinct mammals.

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    http://www.dkimages.com/discover/Hom...als/index.html is another decent gallery of animal images.

    http://www.copyrightexpired.com/earl...s_cenozoic.htm is a downright awesome gallery of extinct animal skeletons. The page I linked to is mostly extinct mammals, but you can easily navigate away to find some dinosaurs and such.

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    And lasty, Wikipedia and Wikimedia commons are both great sources for animal references.

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    Uh...Reptile Photos has a misleading name...

    Great sites.
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    www.skeletten.com for poised avian skeletons.

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    I stumbled upon this on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5ZGFrdbbBA

    quite an exotic looking insect, Duliticola sp.

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    Awsome male on male action
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    This link is amazingly thoroul with each species
    http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/namelist.php

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    bird skulls and skeletons
    http://www.skullsite.com/index.htm

    human and animal skulls and skeletons
    http://www.boneclones.com/

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    I recently stumbled across this site- it's a great site for horse anatomy. (the musculature is painted on a living horse, so you can see how the muscles shrink and expand when in motion)

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    I'll put a few photos up of my Arabian I don't mind being used for reference. My point of putting this up is for a better understanding of expression, since the Arabian is a very expressive breed. These pictures are too skewed to be good for much else. Additionally, I'd love to know when they've been used, as she's my baby. ^.^

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    Height: 15.2hh
    Age: 8
    Season: Summer
    Color: Chestnut sabino (those main white parts) with rabicano (hard to spot in most photos, so don't worry about it).
    Condition: Pasture/non-working condition

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    These are indoor scenes when she had been hosed down, also great for seeing muscles. The expressions are due to duct tape on the bit (don't ask....), not from pain (more like displeasure and curiosity). As you can also see, the reins are kept loose at all times, she is making the expression of her own accord so you can translate them to horses without bridles.

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    Photo from Deviant. Done by Leocbrito.
    Very inspiring if you want some winged bat-monsters.
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    Hi!
    We´re started a new sets of animals - starting with dog. High quality photo references for you:

    http://www.photo-reference-for-comic-artists.com/?id=3

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    BBC motion gallery - that's about 18'000 video clips of animals in motion.
    Decent quality. Free. Priceless for animators, but good enought for general learning. One can download watermarked clips for later viewing (don't try downloading all of them... i'm sure it's several terabytes of data). You should probably run narrower searches, though. (Example of male-on-male action involving lots and lots of bitchslaps.) It's not limited to animals, either - you can search vehicles, people, cultures, martial arts, whatever...

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    I thought 'my God, what is this, they can't be teeth'

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    hehe ... i was taken aback by this sick looking icthyo find, courtesy this bbc article.

    Dubbed the "Dracula" fish, the creature is about 17mm (0.7 inches) long and has been found in only one Burmese stream.

    The researchers, from London's Natural History Museum (NHM), believe the fish lost its teeth over evolutionary time, but later evolved the bone fangs.

    Writing in the Royal Society's journal Proceedings B, they say the males use the fangs to jostle each other - but do not appear to draw blood.

    "When you watch them in captivity you can see the males sparring," said NHM's Ralf Britz.

    I thought 'my God, what is this, they can't be teeth'
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    "They display with their lower jaws open incredibly widely, then they nudge each other; but we don't see any wounds." ....

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    In my humble experience, grasping where the muscles and bones are in an animal from photo reference is sometimes not easy to do, particulary when the animal is covered with fur or it's smeary and blurry due to movement. Animal bronze sculptures (or photos of them) happen to be useful for learning animal anatomy, mainly because anatomy is well defined in the sculpture work, slightly exagerated, volumes simplified, easier to grasp and sometimes come in intersting dynamic poses. Take a look:
    http://www.bronze-gallery.com/sculpt...m?sculptorID=4

    More available here and here.

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    Heres some animal skull photos, they sell cast replicas of them too. I like them because they have the 'roaring' ones *laughs.

    and Gaping Maws is a great place for roaring/yawning/screeching animals.

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    A brief photographer site with high quality safari animals: http://www.younggalleryphoto.com/pho...dt/brandt.html

    Great pics, detail and lighting are fantastic.

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    Thousands of underwater photos with some bizarre and incredibly colored creatures:
    http://www.starfish.ch/

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    chickens , i photographed them at my grandparents home ,
    i hope they can be useful for some people ,in creating smth
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    Although some great resources have been pointed out, there's nothing like having printed reference... I'm wanting to buy an animal encyclopedia with lots of clear, good sized photos. I'm not looking for an anatomy guide or even a book aimed towards artists. I would like an all-encompassing (or as close as you can get) book, that would be useful for studying a large variety of animals and their designs. Any ideas as to what would be my best bet? Right now I'm eyeing Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife. Earth and Universe also looks excellent for visual reference.
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    A gallery full of amazing macro photography: http://blepharopsis.deviantart.com/gallery/

    I used this photo as a reference for this painting, which is my first attempt at (some sort of) photorealism with acrylics.
    I am totally awesome and one day I'll be able to prove it.

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    oh man, I have so much 3d.sk stuff (My school has an account), but I dont think I can post that :<

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    Hey,
    I post some pics of birds (I like them ), that I took few months ago.

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    Thanx everyone for contributing its very kool to see
    And it helps allot!

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    Came across this link on Facebook today, too good not to share...some gross stuff, some cute but all really amazing (I've seen some before but most were a shock - NB Shark warning!)


    http://www.jamesgunn.com/2009/07/02/...kiest-animals/

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