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bipedal horshoe crab by ethan-k793 bipedal horshoe crab by ethan-k793

another one for thomastapir and his awesome concept. I made a horshoe crab that runs similar to his idea of bipedal crustatians.

here its developed more body segments and an actualy flexible tail. its only kept some of its limbs for scavenging and balance.

this guy lives where beaches have become more deadly and they have needed to crawl onto land fast. they eventualy become pack animals and  scavenged anything to wash up on shore. but there were predators that already ravaged the coast, so living on land simply wasn't good enough. gradualy, they developed their back legs to be able to balance them and help them dart from anything being a potential threat.

its about time I got this posted! ive had it done for weeks and just haven't motivated myself to do it. anyway here it is!

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thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Oh wow, this is definitely my favorite of the two, but then I'm a sucker for horseshoe crabs!  I love that blunt, plow-shaped head--looks so sleek and aerodynamic on a fast-running biped, and makes me think of all kinds of creative ways they could use it in hunting and resource exploitation.  Also the possibility that they're ambush predators, burying themselves ray-like in shallow pools--this would also keep their gills moist during long predatory vigils.  Horseshoe crabs also have light-sensitive eyes along their tails, which would make this guy difficult to sneak up on during daylight hours!
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ethan-k793 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

wow, I didn't think of them as ambush predators!

maybe they have some poisonous hairlike barbs that weaken large prey?

and tail eyes would definantly come in handy!

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