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Who should win?
Mitchbeard's Pachyodoben 5 (31.3%)
Bexi's Loricrassa 0 (0%)
Parasky's Great Dragonfly 3 (18.8%)
Rick Raptor's Xiphodont 3 (18.8%)
Magoo's Long-Tailed Diplocaulus 2 (12.5%)
Cephylus's Pancake-Jawed Mastosuchus 1 (6.3%)
Nanotyranus's Singing Gargoyle 0 (0%)
BananaBoyL337's Cynognathus bestiapeludamedia 2 (12.5%)
Total Votes: 16
Fill that Niche! #4; Continued Carboniferous
Topic Started: Feb 4 2011, 05:26 PM (7,706 Views)
Ddraig Goch
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Posted ImageFill That Niche! #4
Create an organism to fill a specified niche.

  • Must include a description (illustration preferred but not required)
  • Entries to be submitted within this topic
  • Entries due by 4th March



Welcome to Fill that Niche! #4. A contest run-down: a specific niche is told and you must make an organism that fits the niche. Be creative!

Fill That Niche! competitions are either future or alternative evo. This month's contest is alternative.

At the end of the month the creations are polled and the winner wins the contest. (Champion Speciator status only from the main monthly contest)

As always, you can't use other peoples entries, but you can use your own. Also, pre-mades aren't allowed.

This month's niche to fill: A large herbivore or carnivore from the Mid Triassic, had the Permian extinction event never occurred, and the conditions from the Carboniferous continued into the Early Triassic. Your creature must come from either a moist fern prairie or a forest of some description, but it can live in the water or in the air if you want.

Our aim was to make this one more challenging, but hopefully you'll all have some ideas. Happy speccing!
Edited by Ddraig Goch, Feb 5 2011, 12:50 PM.
Save the Blibbering Humdinger from extinction!
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Yeah! I am definitly entering this one.
I do art sometimes.

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Amammalia: A strange place where mammals didn't make it and the land is, once again, dominated by archosaurs.

Oceanus: An endless sea dotted with islands, reefs, and black holes. Literally endless, literal black holes.

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Gorgonopsids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dicynodonts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Dodo
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They may not evolve if the Carboniferous conditions continued.
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Well then, dibs on whale temnospondyls.
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Ddraig Goch
Feb 4 2011, 05:26 PM
Your creature must come from either a moist fern prairie or a forest of some description
Why does noone read the description properly?
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I did.
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MitchBeard
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Pachyodoben sp.

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Pachyodoben (meaning thick walrus-face) was the largest genus of the herbivorous amphibians from the Mid-Triassic. They were semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers, swamps and estuaries. They foraged for browse and roots during dawn and dusk, keeping cool in the water during the heat of the day and sleeping by the riverbank at night. Easily recognisable by their armoured backs, short tusks, stubby tail. For its time it was the largest herbivore ever, weighing in at two to three and a half tonnes.

There ancestry seems to come from the big headed, squat bodied Dissorophidae of the early Permian, but where in their evolution they switched to herbivory is unclear. One of their key adaptations for herbivory is their stunning ability to fake heterodonty, having both tusks and grinding 'molars' made from bone. Their only teeth as small and peg-like, used for stripping foliage.
The 'molars' seem to have been a key adaptation for switching to herbivory, as only the larger species otherwise use gastroliths to facilitated the breakdown of vegetable material.

Most of the larger species of Pachyodoben fed more on roots than low browse, and dug for them with their tusks. There is even evidence of them using their bulk to topple trees to unearth the fossial fare.

Adults were too large to be bothered by predators, even the young were well armoured enough to keep terrestrial carnivores at bay, but there is evidence of the young being preyed upon by Xenacanthidan sharks, tearing at their vunerable underbellies from beneath the surface; Mothers always putting themselves between their young and the deeper water, with red spots on their belly warning of violent retaliation should the sharks be willing to try anything.
Edited by MitchBeard, Feb 5 2011, 07:07 AM.
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We all lost
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Amammalia: A strange place where mammals didn't make it and the land is, once again, dominated by archosaurs.

Oceanus: An endless sea dotted with islands, reefs, and black holes. Literally endless, literal black holes.

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gg guys :P
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COOL :r OMG.............
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Still going for temnospondyls.... :;S:

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Ddraig Goch
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Very nice, Mitchbeard!
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Ddraig Goch
Feb 4 2011, 05:26 PM
A large herbivore or carnivore from the Mid Triassic, had the Permian extinction event never occurred, and the conditions from the Carboniferous continued into the Early Triassic.
Does that mean we can have monster-arthropods (e.g. giant descendants of Arthropleura)?




But I guess I´d still go with some mammal-like reptile.
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We can be Temnospondyli buddies Cephylus!
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