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Nightmarish sketches reveal what modern animals would look like if we drew them in the same way as dinosaurs based on their skeletons Palaeoartist C. M. Kosemen believes there was more to the shapely dinosaurs  Mr Kosemen has made his point by re-imagining modern day animals A streamlined swan with featherless wings is pictured with a toothy baboon

By Milly Vincent For Mailonline

Published: 12:41 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 14:01 GMT, 4 December 2019

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Dinosaurs have always been illustrated as a bony lot, and is it any wonder when much of what palaeontologists have to base their reconstructions on are bones? 

Palaeoartist C. M. Kosemen believes that there was more to the shapely dinosaurs than has been depicted, including larger layers of fat and areas of soft tissue. 

He believes is to blame for giving dinosaurs their skeletal 'monster' image.

In a series of sketches Mr Kosemen has set about making that point by re-imagining modern day animals from their skeletons.

A streamlined swan with featherless wings is pictured on land with a scaly back in one re-imagination while a fur-less baboon terrifies with its exposed fangs.

A modern-day swan - imagined using its skeleton in a streamlined version of reality

A modern-day swan - imagined using its skeleton in a streamlined version of reality

The palaeoartist explains that the 'shrink wrap' effect, where dinosaurs are imagined as skeletons covered in skin, is largely due to inaccuracies in .

Mr Koseman told MailOnline: 'I don't think the fault lies with scientists, but with popular science illustrators.

'They depicted dinosaurs without comparison to extant (existing) animals; and unintentionally copied the mistakes of less-knowledgeable illustrators across a game of pictorial telephone that has lasted for 40+ years.

'Certain films also have a bad reputation of representing dinosaurs as basic "monsters".

'It is really surprising how many dinosaur-themed films and artworks were prepared without referencing the fossils themselves.' 

A scary looking baboon re-imagined from its skeleton - it appears to have a dinosaur-like tail

A scary looking baboon re-imagined from

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