ROUND #016 VOTING

Topic: Evolutionary Dead End

Deadline for the voting: Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Posting thread (closed):
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=44807






--------------------------------------------------------------------------
palal:
concept: 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.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
young paddy1:
concept: '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.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
hallo:
concept: 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.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
MIKECORRIERO:
concept: 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.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
AndrewLey:
concept: 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.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
BlueMech:
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
ChaoticKnight:
concept: The armored wolf became extinct because of one of its greatest assets. The bone growth that gave it its armored appearance was harder than most bone, became a luxury to the high class of the 1700s in Europe, and were hunted and poached to extinction. These amazing creatures were never recorded in documentation. The creature could not hope to protect itself against human weapons such as guns, which echo too much and distressed its hearing.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
bluefooted:
concept: Owen's gazelle (Gazelli oweni), also called the 'crown of thorns' gazelle is sadly now extinct. The elaborate horns of the male, apparently the target of female choice during mating displays, are a well-known example of a 'runaway' process of sexual selection gone awry. Male horns were grown continuously throughout the adult's life, often leading to severe limitations in the animal's ability to feed, bend the neck, and escape from predators. Researchers speculate that it was a combination of predation and premature death of males caused by excessive horn material that led to a precipitous population decline and, ultimately, extinction.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
fanboy:
concept: This creature is called the Atlantic Ironshell. The shell is composed of Iron and Nickel, as well as calcium and the usual shell stuff. It used the magnetic field the metallic shell generated to sense the electrical signals generated by muscle contractions to sense prey and foes. The two factors that spelled the end for this fascinating creature are
1. Fluctuations in the planets magnetic field caused some major problems. They could have been over come except...
2. The shell was just too damn heavy. As you can see, it used claws on the main tentacles to drag itself. However, this requires a lot of energy, and they couldn’t live just on the rocks used for the shell alone.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
shadoman:
concept: Crannossa Skelpta
The Crannossa Skelpta is a reptilian-like creature that walked the earth thousands and thousands of years ago. An adult male stood about 12 feet tall when fully extended. It was almost completely blind, so it needed to use its excellent sense of smell to find its only source of food—the berries of the kurja shrubs. After it caught wind of a freshly bloomed shrub, it used its 4 arms to tear at the berries—2 held the branches, while the other two ripped the berries into it's mouth.
The one thing about this rare plant was its defense mechanism, which was completely unknown to the Crannossa Skelpta. The kurja flowers omit an odorless gas when plucked. This gas is extremely acidic and when inhaled can cause tissue to burn and die.
Over thousands of years of the Crannossa Skelpta nipping at their food the vapors eventually hardened the nasal passages of the creature to withstand the fumes. But over time this had an adverse effect as it continued to limit their keen sense of smell and finally blocked their scent glands all together. With their almost non-existent eyesight, they were unable to find food and shortly fell into extinction due to starvation.
The last remaining Crannossa Skelpta fossils have been dated back to roughly 8328 B.C. somewhere in the desert lands of Utah.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
leckronium:
concept: Black Loodig Tree Sprout
Tree Sprouts are thought to be a near extinct species that live deep in forests and jungle type areas. Hard to spot, these creatures have evolved over time and adapted to life by growing plant material throughout their bodies. At first, it was used as camouflage but later became dependent on the plant, often being the Black Loodig Forest Vine, feeding from the nutrients it produced.
Once man evolved and started to clear forests, the tree sprout began to lose its cover. Spending more time out in the open exposed the vine to an abundance of sun which caused the vine to wither and eventually die. The Black Loodig Vine requires shade to be able to grow properly. With the death of its camouflage and lack of habitat, the tree sprouts have been rapidly dying off. The few that remain are considered prized trophies for skilled hunters who still believe they exist. Sightings have been reported but often debunked when it is realized what was seen was just a log.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Digisaur:
concept: Rutilisolis africanus "Savannah Sunbird"
Likely the last of an ancient line of flightless birds, possibly related to the Dodo of Mauritius. This species was native to the savannahs and scrub of Africa. The “Sunbird” got its name from one of the most spectacular mating displays in the animal kingdom. Once it reached maturity the male’s feathers took on the color and sheen of solid gold. When trying to attract a mate, it pranced about in a small clearing among the dull dried grasses. This usually took place in the midday sun, dazzling the females with a brilliant lightshow. The native peoples were equally amazed and considered it a sign of good fortune. Unfortunately for the Sunbird, its display was like a beacon to every curious land and air predator for miles in every direction. They were not terribly smart or fast on their feet, so most did not survive their first dance.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------



--------------------------------------------------------------------------
deschamps:
concept: Papiomyrmecophaga tridactyla
Known as the Masters of Magnetism or the Papiots.
The Papiots would fish for organisms in murky cavern waterways using their specialized eye to bounce magnetic waves off the riverbed. Propped up on all four arms with their head in the river, they would comb their serrated snout along the bottom to catch their meals. These creatures originally boasted a balanced diet of many different river organisms. One plentiful plankton-like organism was their favorite seeing that they were magnetically charged making them extremely easy to spot and catch. Eventually they began to focus their attention solely on these magnetically charged organisms as they discovered a hearty diet of these organisms tremendously boosted their control over magnetic waves throughout their bodies. Their snout evolved to accommodate fishing for these organisms and lost the ability to feed on other organisms. This led to their demise.
C.O.W. - #016: Evolutionary Dead End - VOTING!!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------