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    Cow C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End




    Round #016

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    Evolutionary Dead End

    Deadline:
    Sunday, 05 June 2005





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    Post your creature for this week!

     

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    Red Rook picked the topic:

    "Evolutionary Dead End - a creature that evolved too specifically and died out"

    Of course the reason for its extinction should be apparent in the concept/image...

     

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    Can it also be evolving in a bad way?
    Something like this:
    Fainting Goats
    http://www.faintinggoat.com/

    Can the extinction be caused indirectly by an alien influence or by another creature?
    Otherwise extinction is quite difficult, it just would fall back in it's previous stage of evolution, except if the evolution goes at high speed

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    Wow.. this is pretty funny topic, kinda hard to think about. Very wide range of things to do aswell..

    So i take this creature has to be extinct, as it evolved toooo much..... ?

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    okay Im'm going to try I don't have big chances, but COW is for fun, isnt't it?
    What about, a creature which died with glasses and a photoshop tutorial in it's hand?

     

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    Oooh, this one is tricky. The good thing about it is we should have a lot of different concepts this time around as the the category is fairly general. Hopefully I'll have time this weekend to work on a concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHATandy
    Wow.. this is pretty funny topic, kinda hard to think about. Very wide range of things to do aswell..

    So i take this creature has to be extinct, as it evolved toooo much..... ?
    Not evolved toooo much...just specialized into something, so it was depend on that - maybe a single species, which was its only food source...

     

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    Can we draw human? It will be right dead end.

     

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    Hehehe, nice topic Rook.

    I missed the last two weeks of COWs, as I've been rather unmotivated, but as soon as I saw the topic my mind started buzzing with possibilities. I'll definitely have something this week.

    Should be a good week!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Danilo
    Can we draw human? It will be right dead end.
    HAHAHA!

     

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    careful.. eventually the fainting goats will rise up. it's a pretty effective trait.

    I love open-ended fun topics like this. Great pick, Red

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    Cow

    @possesed-> seems, like it's going to be really good
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    I think I'm the winner oh the dumbest description EVER on COW
    siadamahakavikiki turtle ("b- class movie/ mr. radar from the moon vs godzilla" style description
    The siadamahakavikiki tutrles are very fragile animals in the first days of there life. they used to be eaten, by the bigger ines or mecha godzillas. There only way to survive, was to attack their opponents whith their horrible destructive voice(hdv)[ths is just so stupid]. Unfortunatelly the hdv of small siadamahakavikiki turtles was to weak to destroy big mecha- turtles. they could only destroy them by working in pairs. [br carefull- the best moment] So the formal leader of the turtles- Kasadahikuhiku- asked one of the gods, if he could fast forward the evolution. And so it happened- the siadamahakavikiki turtels gained two more heads instead of legs. Now, in their early years, their weak hdv was 3 times stronger. When the siadamahakavikiki got older, he was better in making the hdv, and didn't need his 2 brothers. Because they are used as legs, the die when they are about 3 years old. [this is getting more godzilla style the ever ]. The god while evolving the siadamahakavikiki turtles gived every head 1/3 of there old brain, so after leg- heads die, do dies 2/3 of the brain and the head-head gest really stupid (almost as stupid as this story). Usually it makes some syupid decision in his life and dies shortly, after the death of his 2 brothers.
    END
    Omg, this doesen;t have any sense at all!



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    haha,i actually once saw something about a turtle on tv once who had two heads-though it wasn't using the second one as foot. and other than two heads it lived completely normal,don't ask me how.

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    Yes two headed turtles are actually quite common. They are used quite a bit in biology research.

    http://texasreptiles.com/freaks/two_headed_turtle.jpg

     

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    wow,didn't know that there were so many of them! how do the decide which is the main feeding unit?

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    'Pennepotenti Procella Ire'

    The Lightning Hawk as it was originally known by the gasminers of Accido used three specially modified groups of muscles to create giant static discharges, these were the birdlike creatures main means of catching prey. Thhe world of Accido is bisected around its equator by a ridge of extremely high mountains which completely separate the methan rich atmosphere of the south from the oxygen rich north, every year the Thunderbirds (as someone far more into suermarrionation than ancient Native American culture renamed them) would travel south to the ridge to dig nesting burrows into the ridge. Just before summer 2502 E.S. a skymine's fusion plant failed and crashed into the ridge smashing away the weakened top along a line of burrows. The methane and oxygen mixture was ignited two days later by a Thunderbird arriving early for mating season, the atmosphere ignited, killing all life on the planet as well as 400 gasminers in the resultant inferno.

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    Not quite happy with the way it turned out, may give it another overhaul.



    Sarssar

    The Sarssars lived during the period of the Great Glacial Age, when the vast plains of their home planet were covered by a thick (up to 30ft.) layer of snow.

    Spending most of their time below the snowy surface, they developed special gills through which they could suck in the adjacent snow and filter out the oxygen from the melting product. With their short but strong legs, and feet featuring a thick membrane between the fingers they could easily dig tunnels into the snow.

    To hunt down prey, a Sarssar would lie right beneath the snow surface. Its headplate and turtle-like back, looking like some moss-covered rocks, lured small animals in search for food. As soon as its victim was close enough, a quick movement of the neck was all it took the Sarssar to bite and kill the unsuspecting animal.

    400-years of constant heating-up of the their home planet caused the snowfields to melt away and led to the Sarssars' extinction.

     

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    Bottom Feeders
    These creatures have no known defesive mechanism as their bone structure has become so weak. Thier forearms are actually bending and curving over time as they become older since the weight of thier bodies is too much for thier malnutritioned structures. They only feed off of the ground since they are too slow to chase prey and lack any teeth other than a short suction-like mouth. They move about as quick as your average sloth and often can be found with toxic bulb spice ( a meat feeding plant) stuck to thier bodies. The bottom feeders will sometimes spend a day or two in one spot filtering through sand and loose dirt for nutrients, the problem is that they dont obtain enough food between thier size and the fact that the bulb spice suck the blood from thier sickly bodies similar to leeches. Thier eyes have evolved to face downward since most of thier time they spend looking at the ground through which thier filtering for food. This had made thier eye site Very poor.
    Bottom feeders future: They evolve to become the slowest mammal every known, so slow that they cant even perform sex, thus their species dies out.

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKECORRIERO
    They evolve to become the slowest mammal every known, so slow that they cant even perform sex, thus their species dies out.

    how sad!

    Nice concept there Mike.

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    haha, excellent im glad you all like it sorry ive been in spain for a week *is tanned a bit*

    ok now i gotta desperately thing of somthing cool to do.

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    I won't be participating, but nice topic.

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    Is that really your comment Fozzy?

     

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    no, no





    stupid message too short thing

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    Hallo - That is nice. It looks like ETs head on a turtle. I think if you are going to work on it more, I would define the shoulders more, make the head stand out more (it kind of gets lost in the shoulder area), and add some definition to the sky and sun to show depth.

    MikeCorriero - Good work as usual. The story was both well thought out and sad... My concept has the lack of sexual reproduction as well but due to inability to smell, but I am sticking with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadoman
    Hallo - That is nice. It looks like ETs head on a turtle. I think if you are going to work on it more, I would define the shoulders more, make the head stand out more (it kind of gets lost in the shoulder area), and add some definition to the sky and sun to show depth.
    Ack, now that you mention it, I can see it too - it does resemble ET indeed. Actually, the creature's head is meant to be turned left (respectively to the right for the viewer), kinda looking up to sun over its shoulder.

    Guess I'll have to define the Sarssars mouth a bit more, too.

    Thank you very much for the helpful crit.

     

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    The Fortress Bull’s amazing armour configuration was the result of an evolutionary arms race between the local herbivores and carnivores. Practically invincible, it became the most successful mammal in the area and reproduced in great numbers.

    However, as its habitat shifted towards a warmer climate the watering holes began to dry up. The bull’s heavy armour made it impossible travel the distance, to seek out new places to drink. Slowly but surly the Fortress Bull was wiped out.



     

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    Nice one there AndrewLey!

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