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Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island findings
Carl Denham's dramatic reveal of Kong set off a global mad dash to explore Skull Island. It did not go well. The first successful expedition was Project Legacy in 1935, led by Denham himself. Its conclusion after three months was that the island's staggering number of mysteries needed to be examined further. After seven expeditions, the island sank (a la Son of Kong), owing to its presence between the Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates. It was originally part of the continent of Gondwana.
The civilization that lived on Skull Island in the '05 movie did not build the wall or the more neglected structures in the jungle. These were the products of settlers from Southeast Asia some 3,000 years ago. The wall used to "run in an unbroken circle around the entire center portion of the island." One theory is that Kong's species arrived with the settlers (like the Boom! comic). Their culture was destroyed about 1,000 years ago for reasons unknown (I'm guessing it had something to do with living in THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH).
- Osteodomys, bone-house, 4-8 inches long. Hermit crabs with a tendency to use skulls as shells.
- Lividuscutus, blue-black-shield, 9-12 inches long. Herbivorous lobster with strong legs and grip.
- Scutucaris, shield-crab, 6-10 inches long. Flattened lobster bordering on two-dimensional.
- Cunaepraedator, nest-plunderer, 3-6 inches across. Land crab whose young skipped the larval stage and crawled around on their mother for their first few days of life. Two pairs of pincers.
- Tartarusaurus saevus, Cruel Hell-lizard, 20-28 feet long. Good sprinters with curved forelimb claws and ample fat reserves. Kind of adorable.
- Peracerdon exitialis, Deadly Very-sharp-tooth, 12-16 feet long. Shoreline predator specializing in fish.
- Limusaurus corrodomolluscus, Nibble-away-molluscs Slime-lizard, 2-3 feet long. Chubby amphibians that lived up to their scientific name.
The Jutting Cliffs
- Dragonskin, varanus dracopellis, Dragons'-skin Monitor, 2-3 feet long. Bright red; frill looks like Titanosaurus.
- Discus, discus ora, Coast Discus, 4-6 inches long. Flying lizards with round wings and Gomora horns.
- Aciedactylus mandocaris, sharp-edge-fingers devour-crab, 12-15 feet long. Two pairs of nostrils and long claws.
- Nefundusaurus acerbus, Troublesome Abominable-lizard, 16-24 feet long. Scavenging archosaur.
Heavily reliant on the sea for food. Wish we could've seen the pole-vaulters in the movie. Kong, as a fusion of human and animal, is "a scarred face upon which could be hung all the invented motives of a cruel world." Origins of the Skull Islanders are unknown, but their myths indicate they were stranded there. Shaman-women and brute force were the dominant powers in their society.
The Shrinking Lowlands
- Brontosaurus baxteri, Baxter's Thunder-lizard, 80-120 feet long. A moving mountain of flesh and bone. Probably named after Bruce Baxter.
- Ligocristus innocens, Hoe-crest, 26-34 feet long. Highly vocal duck-bills.
- Ferrucutus cerastes, Horned Iron-hide, 24-34 feet long. Ceratopsian.