The overconfident Flying LemurOne morning, a small male struthioguin was sitting by his nest and guarding his eggs while his mate went searching for food. The male waited patiently for his mate to return, but suddenly, a flying lemur glided down right in front him, starring hungrily at the eggs. The struthioguin was just about to charge at the winged mammal, but then, he came up with an clever idea. "So you're planning to steal my eggs, eh?" Said the struthioguin. "How do you plan to do that when you have no hands, only those wings?"The overconfident Flying Lemur3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"That's why I have feet that act like hands!" Answered the lemur. "They can grasp anything with ease!" "Yes, I have heard that the legs of your kind make excellent arms" The struthioguin replied. "However, I have also heard that since those legs are constantly used as arms, they are too weak to support your weight alone!"
"You have heard wrong, puny morsel!" The lemur replied. "They are just as useful as the legs they are as they are as arms!" The struthioguin began to draw his attenti
Meganesean sawfishMeganesian sawfish (Pristis meganesianus)Meganesean sawfish3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Order: Sawfishes (Pristiformes)
Family: Sawfishes (Pristidae)
Habitat: rivers of Meganesia.
During Holocene sea ecosystems had suffered not less than land ones, because people polluted ocean and caught many species of food fishes and invertebrates, not reflecting about the future. Besides "planktonic accident" had caused destruction of great number of species of pelagic animals. Species had not died out during the reorganization of ecosystems, should adapt to existing is sharply changed conditions of Neocene. Bentic communities of coastal waters had suffered lesser; more kinds inhabited such areas had kept. Dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata) was among ones managed to survive in epoch of anthropogenous pressure and biological crisis. Having managed to go through threat from the side of people in Holocene, in Neocene it was compelled to adapt to new neighbours: Neocene saw-nosed crocodile (Pristisuchus serratorostris) had occupied the ecological nic
KFP 2 Short: Reunion (Spoiler Alert)Business at Mr. Ping's Noodle Shop carried on as usual since the Dragon Warrior Po and the Furious Five left to save Gongmen City, but inevitably faced some slight turbulence as the customers frequently commented on unusually long absence of the Dragon Warrior, who would make short visits at an irregular basis. This did not impede the flow of customers, but it created an atmosphere of vague tensity.KFP 2 Short: Reunion (Spoiler Alert)1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
On this particular day, things were exceptionally tense as Mr. Ping dealt with two customersa pig mother and her young sonwho were far from satisfied, owing to the Dragon Warrior's absence.
"What do you he's not here?!" asked the pig mother in disbelief as she confronted Mr. Ping crossly. "It's my son's birthday! All he wanted was to see the Dragon Warrior."
Her son sat sadly, looking down at his table as he sniffled miserably, nearing the verge of tears.
Mr. Ping thought for a moment to find something to make up for the unfulfille
Neocene idea 2Giant Sawshark (Pristiocephalus vermitops)Neocene idea 23 years ago in Settings More Like This
Range: Caribbean; occurs both in fresh and salt water habitats on the sea itself, on the islands and on the north american and south american coasts
Sawfish were a linage of basal rays that developed their unique saw like rostrums as a way to kill prey. After an entire period of glory that lasted since the Cretaceous, the Holocene brought them to the shores of death as humans killed them off. The ending result is that the Neocene only saw the survival of one species, whose descendents now occur in Meganesia's rivers. In the mean time, some other animals evolved to fill the sawfish niche. Crocodiles, for instance, developed their own saw snouted forms. But not all replacements are totally new lifeforms; some have just been waiting for many million years for an opportuinity like this.
The zone of the Caribbean, once again now connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific, is the home for a curious critter. At the first sight, the Giant Sawshark resembl
Australian rabbit from NeoceneCommon Australian rabbit (Australagus papiliotis)Australian rabbit from Neocene3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Order: Lagomorphs (Lagomorpha)
Family: Hares (Leporidae)
Habitat: Western and central Meganesia (up to the eastern coast of Eyre gulf and
the zones bordering with the tropical rainforests at the north), various types
of biotopes, from dry savanna to temperate forest.
In late Eocene epoch, the southern remains of the large continent of Gondwana
broke in two great landmasses, Antarctica, and Australia, initiating the drift
of this enormous island to the north. As the result of many millions of years of
isolation from mainland, the Australian fauna became quite extraordinary and
unique; some of the most unusual creatures in the Cenozoic evolved here. During
late Holocene, the structure of this original fauna had considerably changed,
due to human activity: whereas many endemic species of this subcontinent have
disappeared, other ones, specially placental mammals were delivered from other
zones of the Earth. The introduction of foreign mamm
Spec AzhdarchidaeAN: After an eternity of adding nothing to Spec, I finally wrote something.Spec Azhdarchidae4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Azhdarchids are quite iconic pterosaurs. Having evolved in the middle Cretaceous, these pterosaurs derive from the azhdarchoid stock of the early Cretaceous, which also included the tapejarids, the chaoyangopterids and the tupuxuarids; like their relatives, azhdarchids are pterosaurs that specialised in foraging on the ground. By the late Cretaceous they outlived their relatives, and replaced them ecologically. They also achieved large sizes, becoming the largest flying animals to have ever lived. By the early Eocene, as the world became covered in rainforests the gigantic forms were replaced by smaller rainforest dweelling forms like Gigantala; by the Oligocene and Miocene periods, azhdarchids returned to the plains and again achieved large sizes as well as a cosmopolitian distribution, just like pteranodontians
My Novel Preview ChapterDAY 1My Novel Preview Chapter5 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
A flock of gulls ride quickly, their wings battered by a pulsating wind gushing over the pounding waves of a violent ocean.
The dark grey ocean explodes in a blast of foam as a large chunk of shrapnel collides violently with the water. This is followed seconds later by the free-falling body of a severely damaged tour plane.
Water erupts from the ocean and a terrible noise fills air as the fuselage slowly descends beneath the ice-like surface into the murky depths below.
With a tremendous gasp for air, Selwood breaks the surface.
In complete shock, the man desperately engulfs the cool, refreshing air. He sputters violently as his body expels salty water from his burning lungs.
He consciously grabs his wits, pushing aside the panic, and attempts to re-gain his bearings. Waves smash his body around, sending him back beneath and constantly battering at his already injured limbs.
He is shocked and weak from the crash and his arms ache furiously with the immense strain it took to swim
4 gods you never heard ofMany people chose to worship the retarded judeo-christian YHWH. Here's some less mentally ill alternatives:4 gods you never heard of3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
This was a pre-islamic snake god from Arabia. He was the god of the moon and friendship, also known as Ilumquh and Amm. There is a rather curious Qu'ran quote about him:
"And they say: By no means leave your gods, nor leave Wadd, nor Suwa'; nor Yaghuth, and Ya'uq and Nasr." (Qur'an 71:23)
So, how the hell did we ended up with monotheistic Islam?
A Fijian shark god. He was greatly respected by fishermen because he protected them from any danger at sea and sometimes protected them from evil denizens of the sea. He was once going inland to conquer Kadavu Island through the river when another god challenged him in the form of an octopus. After a great battle, the octopus won (mainly due to his 8 arms which enabled him to hold off the massive shark god's attack) forcing Dakuwaqa to promise to never attack Kadavu again. That is how Dakuwaqa became the
Thomas meets BuckThe sun began to set. Thomas and his pack awoken (Since troodons are nocturnal and that night time approaching). They began to yawn and stretch.Thomas meets Buck4 years ago in Children and Teen More Like This
Thomas: Alright pack, we shall now fancy a hunting near those trees.
Thomas, being the pack leader, lead the pack to a near by forest. He and his pack began searching the ground for small critters to eat. Much to Thomas's luck, he spotted a small mammal clutching an acorn and scurrying to a tree. It was a female saber-toothed squirrel with orange fur and green eyes and went by the name of Scratte.
As soon as Scratte saw Thomas, she panicked, dropped the acorn and tried to scurry to the safety of the top of the tree. But she was seized to do so when she was clutched by Thomas.
Thomas: Hmmm... A saber-toothed squirrel. Native to the Ice Age world. You'd certainly be an exotic snack.
Just before Thomas could eat Scratte, he heard the sound of someone blowing through a seashell. Thomas looked up at a tree and saw a weasel wearing a leaf for an eye
The Pterosaur RaceIt was early in the afternoon in the Dinosaur-Valley. King Kamealoha was sitting upon his throne feeling very bored.The Pterosaur Race4 years ago in Children and Teen More Like This
King Kamealoha: *yawn* I' am bored... I am, *yawn* very bored.
King Kamealoha was very bored regardless of the fact that Linus was juggling various fruits and Mike was tightrope walking.
King Kamealoha: Is there nothing that can amuse me?
But then King Kamealoha saw Buck and his crew riding Roger the pteranodon. King Kamealoha was stunned in amusement. When Roger landed, King Kamealoha walked up to him.
Buck: Uh oh! It's that bossy bird again. Hold tight gang, we might have to make a hasty retreat.
King Kamealoha: Uh, hello weasel. I could not help but notice your ride, an well, I was wondering if I could you know, hop on.
Buck: Not too likely Bird. This pteranodon is only to be ridden by authorized personal only.
Then King Kamealoha got down on his knees and begged.
King Kamealoha: Please! Please! Just let me drive it just once!
Roger backed away from Kamealo
2. Safe and SoundIt had only been a few days since the defeat of Shen and all of Gongmen City was rejoicing. Each night there would be a beautiful display of why the city was so prosperous, the night sky being lit up in all different colors as they set off hundreds of their famed fireworks. Everyone, especially the Furious Five and the famed Dragon Warrior, enjoyed the display greatly.2. Safe and Sound1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Well, almost all of them.
There was one lone warrior of the famed Furious Five who would shudder each time the distant bang of each firework reached her ears. The sound bringing up horrible memories that she knew would plague her for some time to come.
This warrior was arguably the fiercest of all the famed warriors. She was unbreakable, in both spirit and body. At least, that's what everyone thought. This warrior's name is Tigress, the leader of the Furious Five.
Her past experience with the beautiful symbols of celebration was not a kind one. The dazzling lights that danced in the sky invaded her dreams, blinding her w
MetacetaceaOn Terra Alternativa, the absence of cetaceans allowed the evolution of several groups of aquatic tetrapods to fill their niche. One of the most successfull groups was, predictably, a mammalian one, the metacetes.Metacetacea3 years ago in Settings More Like This
These mammals evolved from the otter like pantolestids of the Eocene. Their exact relations with other mammals are not well understood, but seem to be early placentals, possibly even non-placental eutherians; the presence of a well developed placenta in metacetes may not be indicative of their relationships, since it could have evolved independently. The earliest known form is the middle Eocene north american form Eocetolutra, a form that occured in both marine and freshwater deposits. It is very similar to the average pantolestid, except for its ear structure, which was already more or less identical to that of modern metacetes. In the rest of the Eocene, metacetes made quick progressions, much like our whales, and by the end of the period recognisable taxa existed. M
Choristodera updatedChoristodera is an unusual linage of diapsid sauropsids. Having evolved in the late Triassic, at the very end of the reptilian radiation that preceeded the reign of the dinosaurs, these animals diversified as aquatic animals. Their relationships with other reptiles aren't well known; some have related them to lepidosaurs, alongside sphenodontians and squamates. Others classified them as part of the archosauromorph radiation. Evidence doesn't seem to favor one group over the other in this, sharing features with both.Choristodera updated3 years ago in Settings More Like This
After their appearence in the Triassic, through most of the Mesozoic these aquatic reptiles were generally restricted to relative small, lizard like forms, occupying an ecological niche roughly similar to that of the modern Chinese Crocodile Lizard (Shinisaurus crocodylurus),whose evolution in our world occured after the extinction of small choristoderes in Asia; a linage of choristoderes, Hyphalosauridae, managed to go further, elongating their necks, becomin
ChoristoderaChoristodera is an unusual linage of sauropsids. Having evolved in the late Triassic, at the very end of the reptilian radiation that preceeded the reign of the dinosaurs, these animals diversified as aquatic animals, mostly on freshwater. Their relationships with other reptiles weren't well known; some have related them to lepidosaurs, alongside sphenodontians and squamates. Others classified them as part of the archosauromorph radiation. Genetic data seems to support the first claim, but it isn't very sure yet. During most of the Mesozoic, these were represented as relatively small, lizard like aquatic animals, with some interesting variations like the long necked hyphalosaurid forms. Towards the end of the Cretaceous, they began developing crocodile and gharial like forms, and the conflict between choristoderes and crocodillians began. In HE, the crocodillian looking champsosaurs were gradually replaced by crocodillians after the Cretaceous, and with only some lizard like forms in EChoristodera4 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Terra Alternativa's artic 2In the following days, the toths continue building nests and laying their eggs, before abandoning the nesting site; since the eggs will eclode soon, there's no need to spend more energy on the offspring. The whityote, however, can't still raid efficiently the nests, as not only his leg remains broken, but also because there are still to many pterosaurs for any attempts of stealing eggs be successfull. He'll have to try again, however, as the eggs will soon eclode, and the flaplings will fly away to southern areas as soon as they born.Terra Alternativa's artic 25 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The falcer has eaten a good part of the jackalope's carcasse, before being driven away by an adult artyena (Borealocrocuta antilupus). She flies several kilometers southwards, before reaching a coastoal area. Several smaller pterosaurs fly around her, most of them being common bloons (Enantiogavia immer). These pterosaurs usually can be found in the open ocean, but during the summer they venture into the coasts and inland lakes, and their diet of fish and
Terra Alternativa's artic 1The summer arrived to the tundra. After the melting of the ice the landscape gets marshy as in our world, but instead of mux oxen and reindeer there are several large herbivores feeding on the lichens and grass. A herd of reindeer-jackalopes (Macrolagus orodromeus) appears in the horizon; soon, the millions that compose the herd spread across the landscape. Like our world's reindeer, reindeer-jackalopes are migratorial, spending the winter in the safety of the boreal forests; other jackalopes either migrate as well or stay around, hibernating. A bull jackalope echoes his call across the tundra, but its a warning call, not a mating one; the mating season occured before the migration. Male jackalopes have somewhat smallish harems when compered to our world's deer, but while the amount of calves is smaller the amount of those that survive is bigger; very often the male shares his harem is a brother or an otherwise closely related male. Male jackalopes are also better fathers than our worlTerra Alternativa's artic 15 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
NotosuchiaIn our world, the dominant vertebrate clades are well defined. In Terra Alternativa, not so much, thanks to the survival and diversity of many clades gone on Earth. Here, metatherians achieved as much, if not more, success than their eutherian competitors, and paleognaths, enantiornithes and ichthyornithes are as diverse as neognaths. And this in fact extends even further. Birds are in direct competition with pterosaurs, the seas have many groups of tetrapods and fish wrestling for dominance, and on land notosuchians compete very effeciently with mammals.Notosuchia3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Notosuchia is a clade of terrestrial crocodylomorphs, and the most diverse living member within Crurotarsia. Contrary to the more derived crocodyllians, basal crocodylomorphs were small, omnivorous forms, which were the main source of competition for mammals during the Mesozoic, occupying similar niches. Several groups of small, terrestrial crocodylomorphs lived well into the Cretaceous, such as gobiosuchids and shartegosuchids, which
Terra Alternativa 1Terra Alternativa is a speculative evolution project, focusing on the result of Cenozoic where many taxa of the late Cretaceous and Paleogene survived and prospered instead of dying out as in our world. Not exactly a "what if dinosaurs didn't died out" scenario, as most non-avian dinosaurs died anyway; its things like notosuchians, pterosaurs, choristoderes, sparassodonts and multituberculates that really matter; notably are the forms that are restricted to a few scarce forms in our world and that thrive in TA, such as tuataras and gingkos. Watch this alternate present day, where the world is at the same time familiar and very alien.Terra Alternativa 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode 1: The mighty river Tagus
River Tagus is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, being born in the eastern highlands and making its way all across the middle of the subcontinent to end at the Atlantic. It runs along a faultline, and in our world the majority of iberian earthquakes have occured along its shores. In our world, t
Giant PterosaursPterosaurs are a prevailing element of the aerial ecosystems; before birds and "bats" had come along these vertebrates had already developed flight, and in some ways can be seen as the most adapted to life in the air. Indeed, while birds and "bats" are dominant in aerial habitats, its pterosaurs that are on the top of this aerial food chain.Giant Pterosaurs4 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The most notable modern pterosaurs are the fauxazhdarchids, which also happen to be the largest animals in the aerial ecosystems. These animals evolved from nyctosaurid pterosaurs, the smallest pterodactyloids of the late Cretaceous and also presumably the most aerial of all pterosaurs back then, having even lost their fingers (sans the wing finger, of course). Over the last 65 million years these animals took advantage of the formation of sky environments, and eventually became the largest creatures to reside permanently on the sky.
The main features of the fauxazhdarchids are their long necks; unlike those of azhdarchids these are flexible as typ
Speculative CritterJust a random critter of a world where dinosaurs didn't disappeared.Speculative Critter5 years ago in Philosophy & Perspectives More Like This
Ravën (Pseudotitanis deinavis)
A denizen of the americas, this dinosaur has a vast range that extends from Alaska to Patagonia. Its name (based on a native american mythological bird), as well as its genus name, pretty much reflects its external appearence: although it has the body plan of a typical theropod, the toothed jaws of a typical theropod are absent, having been replaced by a strong, hooked beak, not unlike those of our world's terror birds. It also has fairly short arms, which, supporting a fan of feathers, serve mainly as display devices. Its body has a dense feather covering, the body feathers usually being of a brown/orange colour and the head and neck ones black (though other "dark zones" might occur in some individuals), and a naked eye patch of blue of red colour is present (see below).
IA4: Buck Edition: Disaster StrikesIA4: Buck Edition: Disaster Strikes1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The next day, after some breakfast and a head count, the herd of animals set out. Buck was in back with Crash, Eddie, and Louis, trying to keep the two possum twins from wandering too far from the herd.
"Fire when ready!" Crash yelled.
Buck released his hold on a vine that was holding a thin dead tree, and Crash and Eddie flew forward, hit another tree, which bent a little, and sent them back in the direction they'd come from. They smacked into the wall of rock that was driving the herd forward, and then slid to the ground. Seconds later, they jumped to their feet, laughing ecstatically, while Buck and Louis watched them.
Louis stared at them for a minute, before approaching.
"Can I ask you guys something? How is that even with the continent breaking apart, you can manage to stay happy?" he asked.
Crash looked at Eddie.
"Can we tell him our secret?"
Eddie looked thoughtful, before silently nodding. Crash turned back to Louis and Buck.
"We're very, very, stupid."
Louis stared at them, w
Aren Bestiary: Of The WyvernAren Bestiary: Of The Wyvern1 month ago in Settings More Like This
While the wyvern, or at least the living beast now known by the name, is not native to Aren, there is reason to describe it here. Its story starts in middle Ordosia, in the kingdom of Felangia whose notable chalk deposits were mined for at least a millennium before the Imperial times. The Thelquamian scholar Evann the younger wrote a treatise on geology, "On minerals", where he mentions that among the bones of goblins, kobolds and bears, the miners often find bones of the "whiddwerm". Evann describes the creature as a serpentine animal with a long tail and neck, membraneous wings, one pair of somewhat birdlike legs and long jaws lined with sharp teeth. The name of the creature came from the old Galanic words "whidd" which means both white and chalk, and "werm", meaning serpent. What Evann was in fact describing was a common fossil in Felangian chalk: the well preserved remains of an ancient flying animal that had become extinct tens of millions of years ago.
Ice Age 4: Buck Edition: Chaos in the Lost WorldIce Age 4: Buck Edition: Chaos in the Lost World1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Alright, so as we all know, Buck was not included as a main character in Ice Age 4. So, I decided to make my own Ice Age story. Now, seeing as Buck will be a central character in this story, the majority of this story will be about the animals on the continent. Manny and the others will come in later, as well as another favorite character of mine anyway, enjoy!
Buck woke up to the regular sounds of screeching and roaring in the dino world. He stood, and stretched in the small hole of the tree he'd slept in last night. Grabbing his knife, he walked up to the entrance, and observed the morning life of the dinosaurs.
The sun was shining through the ice above, a few giant butterflies fluttered through the air, and pterodactyls screeched as they either returned to or left their nests.
"Ahh, another beautiful day in deadly paradise." He sighed.
With that, he leapt from the tree, grabbing a vine on
Grow upMy mother said to me, "grow up,"Grow up3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
It was the first day that I cried,
My father said to me, "grow up,"
It was the first time I heard it as he sighed,
My sister said to me "grow up,"
And I know now that then I really tried,
My brother said to me "grow up,"
It was the first time he saw I had lied.
My lover said to me "grow up,"
It was the first time I thought I flied,
My child said to me "grow up,"
It was the day our family pet had died.
So many times I heard "grow up,"
so many reactions they have spied,
I was always scared to "grow up,"
because that would kill the little boy inside.
So if you say to me, "grow up,"
just think of all the dreams you fried,
By saying that we must "grow up,"
and move within the human tide.
I know I will never tell you to "grow up,"
no matter how your tongue gets tied,
because I know eventually we will "grow up,"
as long as we have no reason to hide.