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Moon Child - Homo Nocturnis

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Published: April 27, 2009
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A portrait of a human of the 3rd millenium AD. Instead of going to length of terraforming planets to sustain humans, mankind has taken to geneengineering humans to survive varied planets.

The homo nocturnis is a genetic subspecies solely developed to survive in the depths of space on planets with no decent radiation protection, low gravity and long night cycles, thus not suffering from many of the negative properties of space travel and being capable to preserve energy on difficult to maintain space installations and colonies they developed into one of the largest sub species of the homo sapiens.
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Wasn't Homo-nocturnis an old and incorrect label for orangutans back in 1730s?
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That would be wicked (and annoying to these guys). I saw it as a label for vampires in some worlds. I guess it would be homo sapiens nocturnis to be precise.

The main idea is that these guys among others are considered a subspecies developed/engineered from the homo sapiens sapiens to be capable to live more comfortably under different environmental conditions than we do (e.g. better radiation resistance) and that this genetic engineering is often used to circumvent expensive terraforming projects.
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Brilliant work - love the muted colours and the textures youve used in this :)
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MangaloreHobbyist Digital Artist
thx. I had this one lying around for quite some time because for some reason I disliked it but looking over it recently I found it nearly finished and pretty good. :)