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Brave New World; A journey through alternate prehistory...
Topic Started: Sep 21 2011, 02:21 PM (3,351 Views)
Russwallac
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I've decided to do a alternate-history project! Bascially, I'm gonna rewrite the a huge chunk of the history of life on Earth, starting in the Silurian era. So let's journey back, 425 million years, and see what life could have become...

PART 1: THE SILURIAN
The beach is silent except for the sound of lapping waves. Small, many-limbed arthropods burrow in the sand, trying to escape the thin air and heat of the day. These creatures have good reason to avoid the water. In the shallows lurk predatory fishes that would gladly devour the tiny burrowers. But the fish aren't the only dangers here...
The silence is broken by a splashing sound as a small fish struggles across a sandbar towards a shallow pool. This is a relatively new development; such fish only recently evolved the ability to survive out of water for short periods, usually ni order to flee predators. The fish writhes and twists, trying desperately to get to the pool before it runs out of oxygen. It never makes it. There is an explosion of sand, and the fish is gone.
The under the sand, the fish's assailant quickly devours its meal, then burrows up towards the surface. It reveals itself to be a sea scorpion, but not like the sea scorpions of our timeline. This is Harenascorpio, and it is terrestrial, only returning to the water to breed or replenish its oxygen supply. It possess long, bladelike forelimbs, a short, broad tail, and a pair of massive, shovellike "wings" jut from its sides. The creature scuttles away across the beach, searching for another spot to set up an ambush...

CREATURES:

Cunicularia:
In our timeline, millipede burrows first appeared in the fossil record during the mid Silurian, and this is also true in the Brave New World. The species featured here is Cunicularia, a small, burrowing species that is found all over the world. In the future, they will become even more successful...

Agnathan Fish:
As in our timeline, the agnathan fishes of the Brave New World timeline are the first vertebrates. Unlike in our timeline, however, in this one they will be completely extinct by the end of the end of the Silurian.

Harenascorpio:
Terrestial, predatory scorpions are unique to the Brave New world timeline. Descended from eurypterid sea scoropions, they are expert ambush hunters. They lie in wait in areas where fish often have to cross in order to breed or escape predators. Their "wings" have evolved into shovels, which are used to burrow into sand. They do this by pushing sand out from underneath themselves while tossing it onto their backs at the same time, concealing them perfectly. When prey moves above, they extend their long, wickedly sharp claws and pull it under, where it is quickly devoured. In the future, their descendants will become even deadlier creatures...



Stay tuned for Part 2: the Devonian!
Edited by Russwallac, Sep 23 2011, 02:05 PM.
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Ah but we still have eutherians dominating Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas, and Marsupials dominating Australia. At one point we had funny South American fauna dominating South America. And not to mention Gondwanan monotremes. Of course back during the Cretaceous we had Gondwana dominated by sauropods and abelisaurs (and JohnFaa crocodiles), whereas Laurasia had tyrannosaur, hadrosaur and cerotopsian fauna.

You get all sorts of faunal interchanges when continents collide and are connected, but you also get funny divergences when continents get seperated for a while.
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For now, I'm calling all of the terrestrial eurypterid descendants eurypterids 'cuz it's easier. They're actually their own class, Metascorpia (like mammals are class Mammalia).
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thanks for the explanation. When the input of the Cretaceous begin? Because I would like to see these arthropods face downward in temperature that occurred during this period
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The Cretaceous wasn't really all that much colder than the Jurassic, it just had more seasonal extremes. Anyway, Metascorpians and their millipede contemporaries are doomed to extinction due to the KT Event, but they will be succeeded by new groups of animals...
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guess. Placoderms? Metascorpions without a
skeleton? Myriapods? That? Say it, please!
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I bet it is an adaptable species of land planarian.
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PART 6: THE CRETACEOUS
An eerie stillness fills the air. Two weeks ago, the plains of what will one day be Texas were filled with the calls of animals. Then, without warning, everything changed. A meteorite the size of Mt. Everest slammed into the future Yucatan Peninsula, bringing with it the end of an era. Elsewhere in the world, animals are slowly dying of starvation, but here, near the meteorite's impact site, the shockwaves have annihilated out everything.
Suddenly, the ash moves; something it pushing its way up from beneath. A tiny animal emerges from the debris, shaking ash from its body. It's a strange-looking creature, covered in a mixture of armor plates and soft fur. It supports itself on four short legs, waving its flexible tail to balance itself. Using a pair of sturdy claws, it carefully scoops away the ash, revealing a group of smaller creatures; its offspring. Squeaking and chirping, they emerge into a brave new world...

THE END

Thanks for following this thread! I've really enjoyed working on this project, and it seems to have generated quite a bit of interest. However, it's not ending here. Soon, we shall move forward 65 million years, into the present day. The Brave New World is just beginning...
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I want arboreal eurypterids. :happy:
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I'll begin the "modern" entries soon... I need some time for my brain to recharge from school and all. It'll start sometime around Spring Break.
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Wow I must say this is quite an interesting project and pretty original as well.

You also have been able to get quite a bit done so brovo.


I hope this gets continued it might actually have me on here more, now that I've seen it.


Also while you said the Plecopods don't become as successful as our worlds tetrapods the description of the K-T survivers could fit as mammal versions of them.

Though Scorpiomammalia sounds awsome in it's own way.
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Dang, I totally forgot about this project... I need to start it up again!

How do you guys want me to format it: vignettes (like the earlier parts) or creature profiles (like my other projects)?
Edited by Russwallac, Sep 5 2012, 10:12 AM.
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