humanoidhistory:

Behold life on Mars:

“The waterseeker, featured in National Geographic’s 1994 book Picture Atlas of Our Universe and Robert Heinlein’s 1949 science fiction novel Red Planet, gets its name from its long snout, used to probe for pockets of ice under the planet’s dried up channels. Its parasol-like tail lifts nine feet (three meters) high in Mars’s low gravity to shade it from the burning rays.

During the day, its giant ears allow the creature to hear well in Mars’s thin atmosphere. Once night falls and the temperature drops, the fictional animal uses its ears as a blanket, clamping them tightly around its body to keep warm.”

Illustration by Michael R. Whelan for National Geographic.