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The Great Steppe Lycans
The world has changed much in the 32 million years since the human area: The Himalayas are a shadow of themselves, ground down by glacial weathering over the eons; instead, large mountain ranges rise from what was once the Mediterranean Sea and the Indonesia Archipelago; East Africa has rifted fully from the rest of the continent to form the long subcontinent known as Lemuria; Antarctica has pulled itself out from the South Pole and the great ice sheets have permanently receded. The world is warmer and somewhat wetter than today, but prone to rapid seasonal change due to the presence of so many large mountain ranges. Thereby, despite the general humidity, many regions are dominated by monsoonal climates, and experience periods of feast and famine.

In the great subtropical grasslands of central Eurasia, predator-prey relationships continue to exist. But these relations have fundamentally changed their appearance: instead of big cats hunting bovine or deer, we see very different carnivores hunt very different prey. In this example, the predators shown are the Great Steppe Lycans, which--weighing on average 1 ton and being 6.5 feet tall at the shoulder--are the largest mammalian land predator ever to exist. These large predators are distant descendants of wolves (well, actually a hybrid between feral dogs, coyotes, and wolves) but still hunt in a somewhat similar manner. The Lycan clade tend to be pursuit hunters, chasing their prey for long distances before surrounding a tired prey item and killing it via many chunk-tearing bites on the flanks of a large animal. The Great Steppe Lycans are no different, they just focus on larger prey: their enlarged incisors and canines are perfect for biting into the thick hide of animals such as the Bapholov and their powerful necks and shoulders can then tear out the sinewy chucks of flesh. This hunting strategy has allowed the Great Steppe Lycans to be a very successful species, as long as the environment stays fairly consistent.

The Bapholov is a good example of how megafaunal ecosystems have changed since modern times. Instead of elephants and rhinoceros relatives taking up the largest land herbivorous niches, caprines have taken up the massive animal niche and the Bapholov acts as their representative. A distant descendant of feral goats, the Bapholov is part of a clade of indricothere-sized herbivores that live throughout Eurasia and parts of Africa. The Bapholov are so large that adults are completely immune from any predation, including from Great Steppe Lycans. However, if a Bapholov is sufficiently young or too old, they are very much in danger of being hunted and killed by these predators. Thereby, female and young Bapholovs still live in herds number potentially up to 50, although males tend to live alone.

In truth, despite how impressive these two species seem, they are living on borrowed time. The canids and carpines have become increasingly specialized for megafaunal niches in part due to the diversification of mustelids and hyraxes from below. This specialization has made both clades especially vulnerable to environmental change, and environmental change will come; the mantle plume that formed Iceland is still around, and it is about to have a series of large-scale eruptions that'll result in an extinction event. While this extinction event will be minor in comparison to the Big Six (guess why it's six now), it's still enough to spell the end of both these magnificent clades.
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Aldrich, Devourer of Gods
And finally, the hiatus ends! So to start with my reentry into doodledum, I decided to show some fan art of the game Dark Souls 3. One of the bosses whom I liked it's design was Aldrich, a cannibalistic lord of cinder who you must bring back to his smouldering throne, either via his own volition  or via ashes.

I somewhat OC'ed this boss, by making it a bit more obvious that the Gwyndolin part (the humanoid) is just a meat puppet for the real Aldrich, so Gwyndolin is oozing black pus and having teeth popping out from underneath Gwyndolin's corpse. Standing in front of Aldrich is my character in the game, Fat Toaster, who is armed with a claymore and pyromancy. If one really pays attention, they may see Aldrich's real eye peering at Fat Toaster with malicious intent.
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Hey guys!

So I got some bad news. My old computer has died for the last time, and I'm going to be in a transit period as I get to moving my files to a new computer, and setting up the scanner and more. But there is some good news! I have a file that had a bunch of write-ups for ideas on my project As Time Passes, which involves the future of life on Earth. If you guys are willing, I could post some of those write-ups on Deviantart. 

To those of the SpecEvo forums, yes they may be one day posted up there, but I'm not certain when I'll do it. 
  • Watching: 50 Interesting Insights
  • Playing: Bloodborne
Hey guys!

So I got some bad news. My old computer has died for the last time, and I'm going to be in a transit period as I get to moving my files to a new computer, and setting up the scanner and more. But there is some good news! I have a file that had a bunch of write-ups for ideas on my project As Time Passes, which involves the future of life on Earth. If you guys are willing, I could post some of those write-ups on Deviantart. 

To those of the SpecEvo forums, yes they may be one day posted up there, but I'm not certain when I'll do it. 

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I'm a Homo sapien of the male persuasion that currently attends a college in Maine. I'm majoring in geology and am planning to probably work mainly as a paleoecologist. Despite the fact that I'm constantly slammed by papers and tests, I somehow find a lot of time to screw around...Is that a good or bad thing?...who knows...
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:iconjdailey1991:
Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Do you know any worldbuilding sites besides Zetaboards, Reddit or Stack Exchange?
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Sorry, you know more than I do.
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What does Tauroh speech or however their form of communication sound like?
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
It would probably be composed of a lot of hoots, snorts, and grunts. But they also produce quite a few pheromones depending on their emotion. 
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, alright, thanks!
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Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday 1st Emoticon: Happy Birthday 
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
Thanks!
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CocoaMushroom Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
birthday cake :)
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
Thank ya very much
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KallyToonsStudios Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday
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