Bof sez, "Slightly warped illustrations of familiar animals during the Enlightenment by a forerunner of Darwin. The animals are put in contrived settings and their faces are made to look like they have human characteristics"
The plates below are from a 1753 work called 'Collection des Animaux Quadrupèdes' which forms part of an enormous 36-volume series ('Histoire Naturelle') issued over a forty year period by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon.Buffon's Beasts (Thanks, Bof!)
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.