How Aliens Would Reconstruct the Animal is a multi-pane exploitable format that shows an actual animal skull, an exaggerated or comical drawing of the skull (labeled: “how an alien would reconstruct the animal”) and the actual animal.
On June 9th, 2020, Redditor DobriDobrev03 posted the earliest known usage of the meme in the /r/natureismetal subreddit. Within two months, the post received more than 45,000 points (96% upvoted) and 960 comments (shown below).
The following day, Redditor shiesty-1 shared a variation to feature the science fiction character Predator. The post received more than 114,000 points (95% upvoted) and 930 comments in less than two months (shown below, left).
Over the next few days, the meme continued to spread on Reddit. On June 11th, Redditor Xenolifer shared a variation featuring a joke about the Karen meme. The post received more than 29,000 points (95% upvoted) and 110 comments in less than two months (shown below, center).
That day, Redditor Dakduif52 shared a variation of the meme about platypuses in the /r/dndmemes subreddit. The post received more than 22,000 points (97% upvoted) and 215 comments in less than two months (shown below, right).
Several media outlets covered the meme, including BoredPanda, Cheezburger and more.