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Tiktaalik

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"Let the Earth bring forth the living creatures, after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the Earth, after their kind." If God did indeed speak those words, He would have done so roughly 375 million years ago, and when He did, this magnificent creature would have hauled itself out of a Greenland swamp to do just as He said; "bring forth the living creatures and everything that creeps upon the Earth, and all the beasts of the field".

In celebration of Darwin Day, I present Tiktaalik roseae, a lobe-finned fish from the Devonian Period that represents the perfect "missing link" in the evolutionary tree of life. As terrestrial ecosystems were first developing, one type of fish with exceptionally strong fore-fins and a movable neck took up the job of going where no vertebrate had gone before; dry land. Being a fish, it still required the water to survive, but in an environment of shallow swamps, it served Tiktaalik well to be able to move from one isolated body of water to another, thanks to it's powerful fins which lifted it up from the mud. It's mobile neck and strong jaws also let it prey on the pioneering insects in this new, semi-terrestrial world. Small and few these first "steps" were, they laid the foundation for an incredible dynasty of animals with no parallel in nature; the tetrapods, who would over the next 375 million years both conquer the land and invade the skies and become the biggest, fastest, most complex, and most intelligent living things of all.
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Canon
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Canon MG3500 series
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Feb 12, 2016, 10:05:10 PM
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aavaaraagardmuktatma's avatar
TIKTAALIK!!! What is it that is so likeable about this specific prehistoric organism? Might just be that tiktaalik is fun to say...
Alyssa-Lioness's avatar
I still don't quite know why I love Tiktaalik so much, but I do, and this is a great reconstruction! 
aavaaraagardmuktatma's avatar
Maybe it's just fun to say tiktaalik.... Tiktaalik...... Tiktaalik
MickeyRayRex's avatar
Thanks! :) Yeah its just such a loveable critter!
scyther500's avatar
Looks great man! :) Such a beautiful creature was tiktaalik, huh?
MickeyRayRex's avatar
Thanks man! Yeah I cna only imagine what it must have looked like moving out of water for the first time!
scyther500's avatar
Haha yeah!

"One small step for tetrapod, one huge leap for tetrapod-kind" (I shall show myself the door now)
Dontknowwhattodraw94's avatar
Just saw it on Facebook too, nice work :)

It's a shame there are still people clinging to their holy books as if it's the answer to everything.
MickeyRayRex's avatar
Thanks, bro! Yeah if you follow me on Facebook then you know what I've been dealing with
ThatDinosaurGuy's avatar
Can you give me a link because I can't find it on your page anymore.
Dontknowwhattodraw94's avatar
Yeah, saw that one comment under your other Darwin-Day drawing.
MickeyRayRex's avatar
The biggest problem is within my own family. Thankfully no one in my immediate family is creationist, just most of my aunts, uncles and cousins.
Dontknowwhattodraw94's avatar
That must be so annoying to have that kind of people around you.
MickeyRayRex's avatar
Of course they are still family and I love them, but I do wish they'd at least try and understand some things...
Dontknowwhattodraw94's avatar
Yeah, I understand that.
DemitriVladMaximov's avatar
Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.
PCAwesomeness's avatar
One of the best fishes!
acepredator's avatar
Tetrapods aren't superior. They may have invaded all of this world's habitats, and be extremely diverse, but they are not more sophisticated or smarter on average.
acepredator's avatar
Nobody has to, because it's a Larmarkian way of thinking.
scyther500's avatar
Providing some examples could help your point, y'know. Just saying, man
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