Inside the Encyclopedia of Strangely Named Animals, Volume One – COOL HUNTING

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Documenting the undersea Wunderpus photogenicus, sarcastic fringehead and the scuttling Sparklemuffin, the Encyclopedia of Strangely Named Animals, Volume One basks in the silliness of animal names-both scientific and common. Within, children’s book authors Fredrik Colting and Melissa Medina explore a menagerie of creatures, and the stories behind their names-and Artist Vlad Stankovic provides watercolor illustrations that are reminiscent of biology books from yesteryear. Altogether, it’s charming and calls to mind our love of Becky Crew’s adult book, Zombie Birds, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals. Read more about the encyclopedia and the naming process of new animals at Atlas Obscura.