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Over on Upper Space by classicalguy Over on Upper Space by classicalguy
The startling news is that recently some intrepid explorers have crossed that age-old barrier -- and come back alive!"

If anyone remembers this fella, you win the awesomeness award for the day.

This is Arthur Pod, a Ron Burgundy-esque eurypterid (water scorpion) who works for the Silurian Broadcast Company (SBC). His job as anchor is to inform the citizens of the Silurian reefs about the wonderful world of "Upper Space" or "land", as he and his arthropod brethren were among the first to explore this new terrain.

This entire picture stems from a old video that's played in the Fossil Hall's "Colonization of the Land" exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in DC. I absolutely love how the entire thing parodies the first moon-landing in a certain way (Arthur even called his exoskeleton a "natural space suit"). 

Due to the ever-approaching (and certainly exciting) renovation that will commence in Spring 2014, I wonder what will happen to Arthur. Will he be out-shined by the latest science and remain a faint memory of what was, or will he be giving a chance to continue his adventure alongside the new exhibits? Hmmm... maybe he'll be updated?

Here's the link to the entire video. The quality is okay, but the audio might be a little muffled - nonetheless, captions are provided: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN1Rf6…
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Triceratops-Dude Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I remember this movie all to well. Nice job! Though there was this other movie I remember seeing at the Natural History Museum, it was a claymation movie, and it had a mosasaur, an amonite, and plankton as well. If somebody could PLEASE at least tell me the name of that movie, that guy will be REALLY AWESOME! :D
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forkhead12 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Nostalgia..... if they do update him hopefully they make him more ron burgundy like and add a Trilobite version Brick. 
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classicalguy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
*UPDATE*

Dr. Thomas Holtz has confirmed that Arthur Pod is no longer present in the exhibit and will not be returning.
Thus, a YouTube Video & FanArt Vector Image is all that remains...

Cue that bagpipe music they play at funerals
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Ooh yes, I know this fellow. Seeing this certainly makes me wonder about his fate as well.
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classicalguy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Seeing as the large mural in Life in the Ancient Seas is most likely not going to be installed in the new hall (not to mention the five wonderful Jay Matternes murals & Gurche's Tower of Time), I'm hoping they at least preserve these artworks as well.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Agreed.
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