I went on holiday to Kraków, Poland last summer and highly recommend seeing Wawel castle, hopefully on a gorgeous 30-degree day as I did. It has its own history with a famous dragon complete with a fire-breathing monument.
Anyway, I got a tour of the castle interior and was captivated by one of many tapestries which adorned the walls. It was different from the others, the light had more of a twilight feel. Stranger, though, were the creatures within. I discovered a large pile of woven prints of the tapestries in the gift shop and found the only one copy of 'Otters and swans, 1553':www.dropbox.com/s/53vy2urazo2s…
You see them on the right and think "OK, we have swans, and a 16th century painter didn't know what otters looked like. Lions were initially painted like horses, after all". But no, there's an otter in the water with a fish. What the heck are these things? First of all they're adorable, and I want to make a character based off their "species". But they also remarkably resemble depictions of early mammals. They have the thick tail of a Cynodont
. There's a bit of raptor thrown in: they have feather-like patterning on their backs. The babies in the lower corner even appear to have beaks. The topmost creature has a back-ridge which reminds me of depictions of some early dinosaurs.
What does this mean? I think it is clear the only possible conclusion is that
has discovered time-travel.