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COW #329: Razor-backed Land Shark - VOTING!
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-Must resemble a shark in some way
-it is fully terrestrial
-has razor sharp ridges/fins on it's back
Last edited by Rob Powell; August 24th, 2014 at 09:28 PM.
Scientists have uncovered the jaw bones of massive sharks. What they didn't realize was that these beasts were terrestrial, and what they thought were fossils from an ancient ocean floor were really from a massive desert spanning a significant region of Pangea. This massive creature stands stock still, lowering its metabolism and heart rate. The sharp fins on its back become attractive perches for Pterosaurs who migrate seasonally over the vast desert. In the blink of an eye, the Megalodontis surges around and snags its prey. The rapid motion of the sharp fins often wounds or stuns the flyers, making them an easy meal.
The creature described here is my original design for my comic RECREATION that takes place in the year 4054 and humans know longer inhabit the Earth, but another planet, but they still monitor it with advanced satellites, so I still consider this creature terrestrial, since it lives on Earth. Megalotitannosaurus is a creature that is a species of shark that evolved quickly after the "destruction of the Earth" 2,000 years ago and has become a two legged, land megalodon that makes Tyrannosaurus Rex look small in comparison. Megalo is the biggest creature of its time and is a threat to anything that exists. Although its origin is not known, scientists believe Megalo was once a creature that inhabited the oceans, and slowly evolved to walk on land. It lost its gills which became lungs and its fins that became strong sturdy limbs, you can even see that its arms resemble what used to be fins. It didn't evolve any claws, but with the jaws of Megalo, they wouldn't have made much of a difference. because the jaws of Megalo were so huge, the arms could not have developed to manipulate things, instead they were rather short to keep it from tipping over because its skull was very dense. The leg structure of this creature was made to keep its large body from collapsing. Scientists don't know how, but Megalo's leg bones are three times the thickness of the rest of its other bones, allowing this creature to keep it self up with no trouble at all. The muscles around the leg bones are attached in such a way, that it gives Megalo the ability to run at great speeds and distances, without collapsing and crushing its body. Megalotitannosaurus is so large, that its only threat equal to itself, is another Megalotitannosaurus. Defenses are given to these giants to defend against other Megalotintannosauruses. One of them is a strong, but sharp, skin piercing bone at the end of its tail, pretty much giving a Megalo a machete. Although the knife-like tail is given to all Megalos, male or female, the colorful fins on its back are only given to the males. These colorful patterned fins are at there brightest during mating season and are mostly used for enticing a female, but are also used to scare off other male competitors who also want to mate with the female. They will also use them to scare off other Megalos for food, or territories. The females find the fins attractive and will either mate with the one with the best pattern, or the one who wins the fight against another male. I said its only threat is another Megalotitannosaurus, but there is another risk factor, collapsing under its own weight. Megalos are so giant that if one were to trip, it would it die in a matter of minutes. Its jaw would break, its ribs would shatter, and it would start internally bleeding from the smashing of organs from the impact. Luckily for it, its legs are built so that it would take a lot of force to make Megalo fall.
Sorry for the blurry image, Sketchbook Pro on my Galaxy Note doesn't allow for high resolution pictures to be drawn, not that I've seen anyway. I hope to get an Intuos one day once I have a paying job and get out of high school, but for right now it gets the job done.
Concept: Razor Back Land Shark
It is unknown how or why this bizarre and terrifying creature evolved, but it is believed that along with the fish that moved from the ocean and evolved into more land based organisms, there was a small pocket of the earth where a sharks followed the same route. but kept their most predatory functions and forms. Large and in charge, the razor back is the largest of the species, easily able to take down the top predators. Their range is quickly spreading as man pushes their kind closer and closer to habitable zones.
Concept: Hammerhead Giraffe Shark
The Hammerhead Giraffe is a medium-sized predator that likes to prey on smaller animals. Its extended neck allows it snack on unsuspecting birds, which also happen to be its favorite lunch. The razor fin on its back gives it an innate ability to have short bursts of speed. Witnesses have claimed that the creature seemed to almost "glide" when it came to these bursts.
Concept: Tera Xaetusame - Razor-backed Land Shark
In the year 2050, scientists discovered an unknown hill-like terrain in a dry remote area in Asia after a devastating earthquake in 2048. It was as if these hills were formed underground with the soil's age dating way back the period of the ice age. They said that the hills felt alive and that it was a grave mistake exposing the land forms to water. After that incident, several cases occurred on some parts of major continents all over the world as even locals discover these land masses in their area. This was one of the greatest discoveries in human history, sadly it was also the worst.
The hills turned out to be land sharks in suspended animation. It's unnerving that these creatures are distant cousins of small fish like the Mudskipper and Lungfish and as if nature wasn't cruel enough it added sharks into the mix of its genetics. In a scientific view, these creatures are magnificent, aside from their lifespan and ability to suspend their bodies, these creatures are equipped with razor sharp armored bodies that enable them to swim underground, through concrete and even up mountains. They possess muscular fins and tail, allowing them to jump out of the ground, devouring their prey; can also be utilized to walk/slide on land, when basking in the sunlight. Utilizing the protruding bones on the structure of the head, the shark may use it for it's "jump, dive and drill" maneuver when hunting prey or looking for a burst of speed; the head may also be used to dig through land if ever the shark is above ground. The holes on the body of the shark serves as high sensory organs, detecting prey on the surface.
Reality hits and everyone was in despair, sharks after all, are carnivorous. Since these sharks can swim through concrete, not only cities but countries are razed and devoured, people by then started to build a metal city, impervious by the shark's attack and can house survivors all over the world. As if to humble humans, the land shark again became the apex predator of the world.
In the course of 5 years after the said discovery of the sharks and the construction of the metal city, only 1/10 of the human population remained.
The Razectabor, also nicknamed Raze, is an extremely aggressive, speedy, and very hostile species of land shark that existed in the paleozoic era and existed to feed. Raze is an amphibious species meaning it can navigate well on both land, and in shallow water up to the creatures lower deltoids area, and can run up to 40mph on land. The particular species of land shark wields a razor like dorsal fin followed by other smaller dorsal type fins that allow the Razectabor to expel heat, gather heat, and most importantly sense any vibrations on land, from the surrounding air, and also in shallow water; the dorsal fin is especially sensitive to hard repetitious vibrations such as those caused by distressed prey. Raze primarily feeds off small land repti-mammals known as Tricera-ovis-aries also known as the Tricerasheep.
Last edited by Lege1; August 19th, 2014 at 03:26 AM.
Concept: desert carpet shark (razor-back land shark)
The desert carpet shark got his name from his shape and feeding habits.
In his natural habitat, the Kowakar desert, it goes under a thin layer of sand blending with the surroundings. The razor sharp protrusions on it's back help to camouflage with the sharp rocks on the environment.
When prey comes into strike distance of its mouth it uses a quick strike projecting the mouth and sucking the air with great force. The absorbed sand is expelled at the same time trough his side breading slots wile the unlucky prey makes its way to the stomach.
For locomotion it uses a wave motion type fin much like the earth's squid but working like a worm in land.
wips here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...35#post3849335
Concept: Sand shark
The sand shark has a snake like body up to 35 meters in lenght.
It can be found in desert in deep sand fields,the sand shark burrows through the sand and can reach speeds of up to 50mph.
It preys on all large animals that lives on the surface of its habitat,
The sand shark hase an armored skin which protects it from rock impacts and the pressure at the depth of the sand.
It uses surprise attac on its prey and also uses its sharp fin to weaken bigger prey.
Concept: Razor-backed Land Shark
Meanwhile in a desert on a distant planet two goat-like creatures independent and simultaneously think: "why me?"
Concept: The land shark
A creature which was genetically mutated after the nuclear war and became perfected adapted to its environment. The pines on its back make it look at one with its environment and makes this beast almost invisible to the naked eye. Not only this but its huge amount of power and speed make it pretty much unstoppable. Any creature or person knows to fear the land shark, though very few ever get the change to tell stories of encountering one because their usually one of the last things people ever see.
Last edited by warburton; August 21st, 2014 at 04:53 PM.
Concept: Mole Shark
The mole shark cuts through the earth with razor sharp fins on it's back and claws on it's feet. It stalks it's prey from underneath the earth and attacks it from beneath. It's vision and above ground movement is hindered by a lifetime in darkness and dirt, but it senses movement through sensitive fleshy appendages on it's snout. The mole shark is a prolific burrower and is known to dig mazes upon mazes of tunnels beneath our very feet.
Last edited by elinoree; August 20th, 2014 at 04:56 PM. Reason: Removed text of technical conversation
Concept: Razor-backed Land Shark
The Razor-backed Land Shark is a particularly fearsome creature known to roam in small packs across large beaches or even deeper inland across large plains. Their versatility to traverse different habitats is largely due to their physiology, allowing for rapid movement across distances toward their prey. Carnivorous, the Razor-backed Land Shark effectively uses speed to approach targets and rend trauma to prey by means of its powerful jaws.
Topic is closed and the poll is posted! New topic is up and ready for reading!
Poll is also multiple choice, normally 20+ entries in a poll I will make multiple choice but since we are close and we haven't had a multi-choice poll in a while I decided to make that available this time around. Now you can vote for as many as you want but I would prefer if everyone try to limit their votes to just three or four entries.
No cuts this week.
Summary: I decided to allow everyone into the poll since I got excited about the amount of entries, however I noticed some people may have forgotten about the 'Razor-backed' part of the brief, be sure that you guys pay attention to these things in the future. As I tend to be somewhat bipolar with my lenience.
So many great pics! I am boggled by all the variations people dreamed up. These are my favorites (though I keep changing my mind)
aburnier: I really like the drawing, especially that knuckled front foot
BToal: description might be a bit long but the concept drawing is great, really detailed
BenReichert: strong rendering, colours, textures. This one has real presence and difference
scorge: like the fins and the very sharky skin quality/colour, scary feel
Rob Powell: lovely shiny texture!
fllamjr: truly strange creature, great movement and teeth
mariofernandes: brilliant active cinematic concept pic, made me think of the sandworms in Dune
ArielP: I liked the segmented quality, that really works
Warburton: nice colour, detail and great predatory character
elinoree: mole shark! what a great idea!