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    Books on animal anatomy that don't focus on mammals

    Anyone know of any? I haven't seen any art books that cover birds, reptiles, or aquatic creatures indepth. I'm particularly looking for books on avian anatomy.

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    Try Terryl Whitlatch's 'Animals - real and imagined', which shows some birds and reptiles. Otherwise, forget about the artist's route, and take the zoologists route...

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    If you want to learn about bird anatomy hands-on, dissection specimens are readily available at your local supermarket.


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    I work at an environmental protection station and we have a big collection of both skeletons and stuffed specimens. Very useful! We had a similar collection at my high school. Maybe there's a place near you that would let you look at their specimens for a couple of hours? Museums can be great too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    If you want to learn about bird anatomy hands-on, dissection specimens are readily available at your local supermarket.
    A great advice for all those interesting in drawing hot chicks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stabby2486 View Post
    Anyone know of any? I haven't seen any art books that cover birds, reptiles, or aquatic creatures indepth. I'm particularly looking for books on avian anatomy.
    Personally I'd go to the library and loan biology books. Most different types of animals have pretty extensive book on their anatomy/parts/looks (especially for animals that are not mammals) and though they may not be art books specifically, you should be able to get knowledge out of them.

    Also I would recommend looking for the series called "Inside Nature's Giants" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_Nature%27s_Giants which is a series where you see dissections of different animals. They won't go through all the muscles etc, but what they do go through they usually show how it works (like tendons in horse's leg) and they cover stuff you usually don't see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    If you want to learn about bird anatomy hands-on, dissection specimens are readily available at your local supermarket.
    And as James Gurney proves, some of them can make great reference for Dinosaurs!

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