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March 27th, 2009 #1
C.O.W. #138 Cannibal Mother and Child -- WIPs posting thread
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Cannibal Mother and Child!
Creature Description: Cannibal Mother and child. Design a new creature that eats its own. Your task is to show at least one adult female consuming one of her young from the same species. The reason is up to you, but obviously, eating one's own young can be considered Darwinian natural selection at its most savage.
Friday, 3 April 2009
note: The deadline won't be EXACTLY after a week...it can last up to 24 hours more, i am human and have to work also, you know
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Hide this ad by registering as a memberMarch 27th, 2009 #2
"Killer topic"! so many ideas!
March 27th, 2009 #3
Thanks. I decided to keep this one as open ended as possible within the limits of the theme. It really could be anything you come up with so long as mom is eating (and I mean eating literally, not, placing her babies in her mouth to hide or protect them) one of her own young.
March 27th, 2009 #4
March 27th, 2009 #5
Whoa! This is so damn odd! I just read about this in a chapter in my animal behaviour book (studying to become a biologist lol). If anyone is intrested, I can describe this infanticidal behaviour a bit more thourough so it makes more sense for those who think it's so cold hearted and doesn't make sense at all."I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams" - Zdzislaw BeksinskiMy Happy Little Sketchbook, please check it out and help me get better!
March 27th, 2009 #6
This is an initial sketch. What does everyone think?
There is a reason there are 3 creatures on there that will be explained later.64% of all percentages are made up on the spot.
March 27th, 2009 #7
LORD M - A brief overview might be cool. I wiki'd around for a bit but I didn't find much. I guess the logical thing would be weeding out the weak or, if there's a food shortage, killing one so the other[s] have a better chance.
March 27th, 2009 #8
I would like a snippet of your knowledge too LORD M That would be awesome. Some recipes would be sweet too. :B
March 27th, 2009 #9
First sketch, the mother is too fat to move, so her sons sacrifice themselves to allow her to live
March 27th, 2009 #10
Hehe, sure guys. Ok, here it goes, I take some from the book aswell to make it more accurate.
Certain extreme conditions can lead to parent-offspring conflicts which can take form in filial infanticide by the parent(in this case maternal because of the topic). Imagine a female gets pregnant at a time when resources, like food for example, is plentifull. But as the pregnancy develops the resources in the environments degenerate and is very poor when the female gives birth.
In this resource-lacking scenario the mother have to share the few resources available with the young, which will try and get as many resources as possible from its mother in order to secure its own survival.
The female will have many more reproductive oppurtunities in the future if she survives this lack of resources and she is said to have a high "residual reproductive value". Some of these offspring can be born in times when resources are more pentiful, and the mother must now weight the future value of such offspring against spending a great deal of energy to provide resources for the current offspring in this poor environment.
When the costs and benefits to the future offspring weight more then the costs and benefits of the current offspring, then infanticide (that is cannibalism in this case) is favoured by natural selection. She both regain energy and increase her fitness by devouring her offspring and secure her future offsprings fitness.
This phenomenom is more common in younger mothers which have many more future reproductive chanses then an older mother.
In some animals like fish, maternal infanticide can occur when the mother guards and flaps oxygenized water on the eggs and get's very hungry while guarding them - and then might eat some.
Some nice links:
I recomend this search I did on sciencedirect.com: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...0aa02964439c98
I hope this helps, and if anyone have any kind of questions about anything involving biology then don't hesitate to PM me. I will try and answer questions the best I can with what I already know or by the piles of books that lies on my floor. And it's also good practise for me!
And sorry, I have no recepies because I dislike the taste of my own children.
Last edited by LORD M; March 27th, 2009 at 08:47 PM."I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams" - Zdzislaw BeksinskiMy Happy Little Sketchbook, please check it out and help me get better!
March 27th, 2009 #11
International Mother's Day Special!
Everyday Children Discount!
Bebés con Arroz
Confit de Bébés
ബബി കൊകൊനുറ്റ് കുരൃയ്
σάντουιτς εγκεφάλου μωρών
Baby's Back Ribs
De Soep van de Babybol
I... am too easily amused.
March 27th, 2009 #12
This is a great topic. I missed a few lately so have to get in this time!
March 27th, 2009 #13
Yes, I think weeding out the weak is probably the easiest answer to cannibal mother and child. Perhaps the birthing process is harsh and some get injured. Remember that many animals have large litters... infant mortality is pretty common in the animal kingdom and maybe its just a way of disposing of the body and not leaving a scent.
I think some dinosaurs were thought to do this... didn't dimetrodons eat their own young? I seem to think I remember that from the Walking with Monsters DVD or something...
March 27th, 2009 #14
BBC's Life in the Under World
With David Attenborough
This week David takes us on a majestic journey through some of the most charming parts of Hell. David was very pleased to find the Kanabulli, a minor demon, sorting through its offspring to find a treat.
"The Kanabulli", David explains, "have a very interesting way of weeding out the weak. The mother Kanabulli, often referred to as a Momabulli, carefully inspects each offspring, trying to find the ones with the spiciest brain. A spicy aroma coming from the gray matter in newborn's head is often a sign of the feared holyiocopic faithopilis complex. The Momabulli also just love spicy treats. I often bring Tabasco sauce on these trips, as a sign of trust with these charming creatures."
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