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Intelligent Prolacertiform by nemo-ramjet Intelligent Prolacertiform by nemo-ramjet
For a brief time in the Triassic period, anything was possible.
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platypus12 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
I like to believe that in pretty much epoch (as far back as the Cambrian period) that sustained complex life, there was always the potential to become intelligent, and that more often than not, such life would exploit that potential.

Just imagine; there could've been civilizations that predated humanity, possibly even tetrapods or even chordates, by eons and we don't even know it.
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McTalon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why are the fourth digits on its hands so long and spindly? Are they utilized in a similar fashion to the those of the present-day Eye-eye?
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Ebervalius Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me, Nemo, just a lil' question:

Which one is most intelligent: Parrots or Corvids?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I really don't know... Crows seem to be better tool builders, but some parrots can be smart enough to talk and socialize with human beings. I'd still put my money on Parrots, but I'm not sure if anyone knows the answer.
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Ebervalius Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I have a theory: [link]
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8H29B Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
i love how this type of image is presented!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so this is the beast that birds evolved from? =D
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Not really, the prolacertiforms were an unusual group of diapsid reptiles.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it was just a joke... =P sorry. =)
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OrzhovSlodier Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
About how large would this be?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
As big as great dane, but quite fragile for its size.
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M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your brief description encapsulates why the Triassic is my favorite time period (followed by the Permian and the early Cenozoic).

This is perhaps my favorite of your speculative sentients yet. The beaked head makes it look so familiar and yet so strange. I always enjoy the way you play with odd proportions and shapes in your designs, and I love the long, slender body of this guy. The detail work of the scales is also among the best I've seen from you. I'm diggin' that long Aye-Aye finger as well.

Is the short story that Benson-Daniel mentioned your Hatzegopteryx Rape story, or another one that I missed?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
This is sort-of related to the pyramids at the "Hatzegopteryx" story, but not directly. Thanks for your comments, my friend! The Triassic is my favorite period too. Imagine what other things there must have been, that never left fossils...
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M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I once read a comment somewhere in which someone lamented all the island endemic species that must have evolved through the ages and which we are likely never to find. I thought that was a fascinating idea.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
I could have been that mystery commenter - I remember making a similar comment a few years ago. :)
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M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It could very well have been you! It seems like a somewhat Ramjetian thought.:)
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Giant-Blue-Anteater Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are these guys quadrupeds who switch to bipedalism when manipulating or are they exclusively bipedal?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
I think they are bipedal like %70 of the time. When eating or socializing, however, they drop down to all fours.
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rosutu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Sir, I dare you to devise an intelligent trilobite!
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gruffin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
seconded!
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Ebervalius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, Yeah!!! :Squee:
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Ebervalius Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:squee:
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
I might take up that challenge really soon!
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rosutu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
Awesome! :dummy:
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm reading the comments, I love the world that you are building for them, the very idea of the Old Ones!

Very, very beautiful. The slender fingers would be perfect for grooming around all those raised scales.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Thank! The grooming also facilitates social interactions, the basis of their sentience.
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jconway Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Halcyon Triassic days...
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Those were the days... Seriously, however, I doubt if more weird and fascinating animals have been concentrated together on any other time period.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
The unspoken question on everyone's lips:

"What were the most obscene gestures present in this species' cultures?"

Your adoring fans want to know, in the event that one of us stumbles through a vortex into an alternate prehistory and needs to flip the birdie at one of the bastards.

I myself intend to test the hypothesis that vulgarities and insults are the foundation of any interspecies first-contact communication.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Want to offend them? Simple; you just hiss and spit.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Student General Artist
man, these are getting more & more intense. this one has a tactile feel to it, especially around the head.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Just simple lines, it's amazing how much they can convey with enough practice... thanks!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Freaking kickass, seriously.

And great knowledge and attention to detail in remembering that prolacertiformes have overlapping scales.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Thanks! Extensive research is very, very rewarding at the end :)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Indeed!
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
What happens in the Triassic stays in the Triassic

But seriously, I'm imagining stone-age cities of these things, scampering around on all fours, then rearing up to manipulate objects or talk to each other. Very cool.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Great description there. I'd read about giant termite mounds and redwood-size forests covering the Triassic world, a "lost city" of these things in the depths of such a forest would be... priceless. They would be the "old ones" to the dinosauroids.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
It reminds me of your short story about the time travelers who who are busy cataloging dinobirds in China when they discover fossilized ruins of a Triassic civilization. Excellent.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
Thanks!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love the hands, this is very much like how I drew the "thumbs" on my ptero-sapien.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
I skimmed through your gallery but couldn't see your pterosapien - can you post a link?
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
I had deleted it (it looked like it was drawn on a napkin, the pen being held in my teeth) so I redrew it and uploaded it: [link]

Honestly, I'm rather afraid to show this, since so many people are SO Serious Business about spec evo, and pterosaurs are not my area of expertise. I'm sure I'll get ripped to shreds for having done something wrong/stupid.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Ripped to shreds? I'd never do that, after all we're all having fun here...
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Here, sure. I've encountered some major a-holes, though.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Just ignore them man - text on a screen. I'd never let them bother me.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
I still don't enjoy being talked about as if I were an idiot. But, eh, that's one reason why I'm not on the Spec Evo board anymore. I'm having more fun on my own.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
What exactly happened on spec evo boards?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Oh man, I'm so digging the attenuated body and the fragile little picky pinky appendage(s)! I definitely read this as a being that is dependent on culture, on its social group, for its welfare...It looks a little too frail, a little too vulnerable to survive independently in some specialized niche. Just like Homo sapiens!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
I think they'd be communal, living in groups of 100-200 individuals. That, and some basic tools and fire would give them all the protection they'd need.
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saintabyssal Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant as always, although it doesn't seem to have binocular vision; that might make it difficult for finely coordinated object manipulation. Also looks a bit front-heavy for a biped. Still, awesome.
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