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Toci1 - Gemini by Tapejara Toci1 - Gemini by Tapejara
The discovery of this alien forced scientists to rewrite many theories of life itself. Geminies are one of the largest herbivores on Toci1, growing four meters tall up to their heads. Their long necks help them reach the spongy chlorophyl they prefer over other plants. The large bodies are supported by pillar like legs armed with large hooves that could crack a coconut open with one step. A smooth shell covers their backs, protecting them from predators but also from ultra violet rays. One will quickly notice that Geminies lack the "egyptian" eye shadow that protects the eyes of other Tocians. Due to their size, they can't hide very well among vegetation. Instead, they duck their heads under their bodies and let their shells do most of the protection.

Most people long believed that due to many issues in development, polycephals never survived to maturity. Yet on Toci-1, it appears that multiple heads became a genetic advantage. Geminis for example have a crest on their head similar to a native-american chief. While one head eats, the other remains vigilant for danger. Even more, these animals occasionally travel together in small herds for protection during breeding season. With many lookouts, two heads can consume food at the same time, halfing the time spent on eating. Since they have small brains anyway, they don't consume as much oxygen as humans (who, by the way, have polycephals survived before). If the heard also has several members with multiple heads, they appear twice as large as normal, deceiving many predators.

Gemini were the first species on Toci-1 to show signs of multiple heads. It was once assumed this was a unique genetic advantage. But shortly after, this was observed in several other species. Toci-1 is a planet rich with multi headed animals, predator and prey alike, although only animals with two heads have ever been encountered. Perhaps overtime, the efficiency of multi-headed animals will dominate over the ones with only one head, and there will only be polycephals left.

"Some of you may start thinking I've gone too far this time. Well this creature is based on two people actually, the Jameson twins from my grade school. I thought it was very appropriate to go over the edge. This creature also evolved a lot. It once was meant for Geb-7 and had two legs with the back supported by a plow (like Wayne Barlowe's Groveback), but of course, things change. The spikes on its rear are reminescent of the ancient plow design."

The irony is that two Geminies were encountered first, but there are Geminies with only one head.

I'm looking at you but I'm talking to myself
Looking straight at you but I'm talking to myself

-Utopia

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Solifugus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The problem with two heads is that the twin brains tend to argue with eachother and confuse the body. However, you could get away with a single brain controlling both heads.

PS - I totally see this was heavily influenced by two-headed terrapins.
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Tapejara Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You seem familiar with the topic. In that case, do you also know how Abigail & Brittany Hensel were able to survive with only one body but with two heads? Is it just because they're humans and therefor have powerful brains?
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Solifugus Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They both only had control of certain hemispheres of the body, if both brains had control over the entire body they'd confuse the body.
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Tapejara Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so for example, one brain has power over both lungs while another controls the heart?
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Solifugus Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sort of, yes.
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GenevieveMeuniere Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice^^
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