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Xenobiology

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By Abiogenisis   |   
Published: October 30, 2006
© 2006 - 2020 Abiogenisis
A large Earth-based company intends to use this gas giant in a nearby star system as a vast Helium 3 extraction and sales operation. However to do so the law requires an ecological damage survey to be conducted on the gas giant's moons, to be sure the operation will not damage any ecosystems on them. This large moon, only slightly smaller than earth, was found to have an advanced multicellular ecology.

The Sol Union Xenobiologist Makeba Sutphen was sent with the company when they left earth, to make sure the laws regarding alien ecosystems were followed. Here she is approached by possibly sentient natives of this large moon. Although she has a camera out now, if they get closer or show aggression she is well armed.

The species itself evolved from large aquatic creatures which resembled less broad versions of Earth stingrays. As they began to move on to land small feeding appendages on their underside grew into thicker organs to propel them, and the large side fins retracted and darkened to protect against solar radiation. Sensory appendages which stuck from the sides of the head and helped find food underwater become very useful for judging distance above water, with the eyes set so far apart.

Males, who had to compete for mating rites, developed these eye-stalks further into horns, and used them to scare off other males. They also developed a more upright stance to better compete for mates until the species was standing almost vertical. With a head now so far from the ground, the large mouth migrated to the bottom of the body, leaving the brain, eyes and breathing tube on the upper head, so as to spot danger and eat at the same time. Waste products are ejected explosively from the body from a pore on the back, to prevent contamination to the mouth.

Now able to walk upright and survive on land, the species spread across its world to become the dominant creature on the planet.

An alternative, warmer variation is here: [link]
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So I assume the company will go ahead and begin Helium 3 extraction then?:) (Smile) 
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Altair75 Photographer

I have always been astonished how toughtfully works like this have been made! I have always appreciated that! :D

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Alien time!
oginginganooginginagnuganginggong!
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sugerdreameHobbyist Digital Artist
the more i look at it the more im confused
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VizcexaProfessional Digital Artist
Is that water extractor from planet base?
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Does the species have a name?
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DVhuizenStudent Digital Artist
This piece has been such an inspiration to me. The thrill of discovery, the alien atmosphere, the uncertainty of being in a strange and unknown place. I really owe you for sparking imagination like that.
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gheddiHobbyist
wow this has some super cool vibes man... i love biology and space and this has some serious HR Giger vibes man... love the picture
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art-boy-666Student Traditional Artist
cool
delaltuy's avatar
looks like strider from hl2
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oh look a alien gotta take a picture of it so everyone knows
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
tweet that shit
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hey, I saw similar creatures like this in this game called "Pantropy" on Kickstarter. Did they have permission to use your artwork in the game?
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
Aye, they did. They made them look great too!
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SmollFairyHobbyist Writer
cool!
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
cheers!
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darth-biomechProfessional Digital Artist
Speaking of gamedev, i stumbled upon a game called "pantropy" on Steam, and they feature a creature on the screenshots awfully similar to yours.
cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/ste…
They even tried to match the angle and composition.

Just wonder, did you grant them rights to do that, or they are blatantly plagiarizing you?
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you for letting me know - in fact they did pay for the rights :)
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War of the worlds..
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
Alien 
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MichelesthirdHobbyist General Artist
This piece reminds me of the art in this great sci fi book. I can't underline here, but the book was titled Tomorrow and Beyond (1978). I gave it to someone; it is out of print but probably available online.
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
We had one in that series at my school library :)
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