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Savannah BiomeSavannah:Savannah Biome by Leggurm
Utahraptor? (Or some other Dromaeosaurid)
Macromelanophallus graviterqueSpecies: Macromelanophallus graviterqueMacromelanophallus graviterque by Leggurm
Common Name/s: Great-member Bowerbeest
Size: 3.7-4.2m long; males genitals add an additional 3.5-3.7m, 2-2.4m tall at the shoulder
Habitat: Savannah's in central and eastern Pizcuetaland
This ridiculously endowed anadactyl is one of the most impressive, and at times intimidating and dangerous, animals on Gaia. The males incredibly muscular deep black genitals are almost or even just as long as their bodies. Males use their impressive genitals to construct their bowers, paired towers of branches propped against each other between 5 and 6m tall and spaced between 3 and 4m apart. Males display to females by standing between these two towers, raising their genitals so that they are vertical and holding them up for as long as possible. Pairs stay together until they've raised their offspring have reached maturity, at which points the parents separate and will find new partners next mating season.
The males use their genitals to defend themselves and t
Trimorphopus mantisuchusSpecies: Trimorphopus mantisuchusTrimorphopus mantisuchus by Leggurm
Common Name/s: River Thing, Xenodile, Leaping Biologist’s Jest
Size: 2-3.5m long
Habitat: Rivers and lakes in western Petria
When the first reports of this bizarre animal reached the scientific community it was met with much skepticism and ridicule. An animal that lived like a crocodile, jumped like a frog and caught prey with Praying Mantis like arms? The mockingly dubbed “Courtney’s Chimaera”, named after Isabel Courtney, the scientist who made the initial report, and the scientists who pursued its existence were regarded as a joke. It wasn't until 27 years later that concrete evidence of T. mantisuchus, the only aquatic onychocheiran, was produced.
Its body is very similar to earth crocodiles, albeit with waterproof fur instead of scales and a short paddle like tail. Its anterior limbs are Mantis like affairs, each hand bearing a single large claw with spikes on the inner side. These are always folded against its body except
Bamboo-eating BooralThe Bamboo–eating Booral (Bambusitherium austroailuropodoides) is a species of Booral native to the tropical forests of north-eastern Australia. It is smaller than most Boorals, being only 1.6m tall at the shoulder, and even more unusually is solitary. As its name suggests it feeds entirely on Bamboo branches, leaves and stems. They do not have territories and instead wander nomadically in search of food, water and shelter, and males and females may mate if they cross paths. Females give birth a single joey which she raises by herself. They have the longest claws of any Booral, which they will use to defend themselves from predators, displaying them by standing erect on its hind legs and holding its arms out. Its sides, chest, arms, neck and head are red while the rest of its body is orange with thin vertical white stripes.Bamboo-eating Booral by Leggurm
Spec PlesiosauriaAN: Plesiosaurs for Spec, if they make through to the final version of the project. I'd personally like to see them replaced by neochoristoderes, but whatever.
After dinosaurs, plesiosaurs are perhaps the most iconic of Mesozoic sauropsids. As obvious, while they became extinct in HE, they kept surviving on Spec, but unlike the extremely prevalent dinosaurs, plesiosaurs are reduced to a single clade, a relic of their former reign.
Plesiosaurs evolved in the late Triassic, rendering them the longest lived marine tetrapods. They are the last of a clade known as Sauropterygia, one of the several clades of aquatic reptiles that evolved in the Triassic. Their exact relations in the fossil reccord are not known, although Spec plesiosaur DNA samples seem to suggest a closer relationship to archosaurs. The direct ancestors of the plesiosaurs were the paraphyletic "nothosaurs", sauropterygians that looked rather similar to the choristoderan hyphalosaurs, with long necks and webbed feet. Des
Spec's GalapagosLocated about 972 km away from the South American coast in the Pacific, the Galapagos islands are an interesting place on both time lines. Having formed in the Pliocene, they aren't as old as archipelagos such as Hawaii, but they are very unusual among Pacific tropical archipelagos for two different things: the first is the relative closeness to South America, and the second is the cold currents that create a drier climate and colder sorrounding waters. These unsual conditions allowed the islands to become a natural laboratory for evolution, spawning species quite different from those of the mainland. Due to the distinct time lines, the fauna of the islands is obviously quite different in Spec and in HE.
Among dinosaurs, only one non-avian species occurs in the Galapagos. This dinosaur is the oviraptor Caligatotalavis darwinensis, member of a linage of aquatic oviraptors known vernacularly as "waldos", which reverted to a terrestrial form, albeit quite ungainly due to its robust