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MUTO...Insect or Reptile?

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MemberMothra LarvaeMay-07-2014 9:10 AM

The other day, someone brought to light that the way the MUTO flapped its wings, it couldn't possibly be an insect. Insects flap their wings at a rather incredible speed. The MUTO looks to have more of a bird or bat's wing physiology. 

As someone who studies animal behavior and biology (by hobby, hopefully profession one day), I couldn't believe what I had thought up. I initially said "No, hah- there's no.....no way..." and then when you line the MUTO and my animal up together, their head shapes are oddly similar. The Alligator Snapping Turtle

Now, am I saying the MUTO is Gamera in disguise?!? No. But it looks like the design and physiology of these creatures came from both insects and reptiles with emphasis on the reptilian look.

We always thought the MUTOs looked very alien.....But it seems as if their design is from fairly real animals!

It obviously makes sense, seeming that reptiles/forms of birds, dinosaurs and insects were really all could survive in the very prehistoric world. 


Let me know what you think the MUTO is a combination of!




This is from the IMDB trivia page of Godzilla which could give us a good idea of how long he's in the film!!!!

There are 960 visual effects shots through the whole film, 327 of which are of Godzilla whose 3D model is made up of 500,000 polygons. Had the computer graphics been designed only on a single computer, it would have taken 450 years to render

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MemberBaragonMar-29-2022 6:27 AM

In all fairness saying MUTOs are mammals is like saying Godzilla is a flamingo's ancestor, it just doesn't make sense.


MemberAnguirusMar-29-2022 7:40 AM


Yeah, they may have had some mammalian inspiration that was used for their design (technically they also had reptilian, insectoid and arachnid features used in their designs as well), but their final design, behavior, and lifecycle doesn't really fit the idea of them being mammals. It's like saying that the Heisei Godzilla is a mammal because he has some mammalian features in his design.

Honestly, I don't think we could technically classify the MUTOs as any known group of animal. It's easier to say that they're some type of ancient creature and the group they evolved from was lost to time.

"Neither beast nor man. Something monstrous."


MemberGiganMar-29-2022 11:32 AM


They could be an extinct clade of eight limbed vertebrates that coexisted with tertarpods



MemberMothra LarvaeJun-18-2023 1:49 PM

I think MUTOs are both reptilian and insect.


MemberGiganJun-18-2023 11:44 PM


How is that possible? Reptiles and Insects can't naturally hybridize. It has to be a unique clade of animals unseen in the fossil records that have evolved  convergent reptile, mammalian, and insect traits but yet not related to either of these groups.


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MemberGiganJun-19-2023 12:36 AM

gtbetta35 Hmmm, they actually could be Reptiles. 

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MemberMothra LarvaeAug-30-2023 1:28 PM

I think it's a cross between an insect and a reptile.

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