Sometimes I wake up in this weird mode where the simple act of flipping through a book of wildlife photos will cause the animals to reinvent themselves. I think I do this all the time in my dreams, without even trying.
A - The peacock or "regal" franciscana, the mammalian sailfish of the rainforest.
B - Rhamphorhynchuray ([link] [link]
) inspired by the foot of a blue-footed boobie. It would be that color, too!
C - Pygmy hippo sperm whale. Could be a futuroid, I guess. Isn't there a Pokemon that kinda looks like this??
D - A catastrophically impractical bipedal rhino. Might work as a Dinomammal, with a little tweaking; those guys are pretty fantastical anyway. I think the main thing it needs is a counterbalancing tail, but that would kind of spoil it for me. : |
E - Tadparrot (Cockatadpole?). Based on the fantastical premise that the vertebrate groups all developed in the sea rather than on land, and/or that all vertebrates go through a juvenile aquatic phase before metamorphosing into their adult forms.
F - Sea scorpion. DADDY...IS THE BREAD WINNER.
G - Hexapotamus! Could be a "hive mammal" (q.v.).
H - The Ubereater--my attempt to demonstrate that anything can be improved by the addition of a sail and aye-aye fingers. This one might also tie into an idea I've had for "hive mammal" communities--the premise of eusocial mammals like naked mole rats applied to diverse groups, with a level of morphological specialization exceeding that of the social insects.