In her ongoing series Mortifera (Latin: dead/deadly animals), artist Julie Anne Mann creates strange new creatures. With approximately 30 different species to date, Mann reconfigures the bones of common animals into mutant or hybrid creatures. From Mann's website:
Some are purely animal, using a Frankensteinian approach of multiple parts from different donors, while others are the possible results of crossbreeding between animal/flora. Blending traditional science and fantasy it is difficult to discern whether they are extinct animals undiscovered from the past or the future of animals to come. Existing in a netherworld of what is possible or possibly lost these new species, constructed from remnants of the dead, present a somber view of a failing planet, but also remind us of the transient, ephemeral quality of nature.
See more of her work here: http://www.julieannemann.com/mortifera
Not really taxidermy, but Esther Verschoor's skull dolls are certainly worth a double take. I particularly like her "La Pastorella" which is an automaton complete with a miniature jumping lamb. See below for the the piece in action. For more of Esther's work visit http://vanessie.nl/gallery.html
I love this! Elaine Bradford combines her love of crochet and taxidermy to tenderly spooky dioramic effect. Her show at the Art League Houston in Houston, Texas, last spring (January 9 - February 20, 2009) contained a series of dioramas inhabited by taxidermied animals in woolly disguises.
The video is a bit blurry, so here are also some images posted on Flickr by Mr. Kimberly:
Love it. Each of her beasts were accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek natural history description. Check out more images of the exhibition on flickr here + (where I copied these images from) and Elaine Bradford's other crochedermy here +