Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Atolm, Nov 16, 2018.
I'm wondering why some of your bipedal creatures don't have a second set of grasping limbs, like the hominins we know so well from the same worlds. On the last page alone are the Corvallen beastie and the Gorn mount. Birds are not a good comparison, as their grasping limbs have evolved into wings, and thus still exist.
I have no idea what I am looking at.
BUT I AM ALL HERE FOR IT.
that is because, even on this world their are exceptions. You mention birds, well lets look at them especially some ratites. Kiwis, cassowaries, moas, elephant birds, have all had their forelimbs reduced to the point of uselessness. Another few hundred thousands to million years, and they'd be gone (most likely). It is all about adaptation. Just because many of the humanoids on trek are humans in make-up, outside of the general 100% cgi ones, does not mean that other organisms would retain those traits. Look at snakes; especially those of the boidae whos hind limbs are still present, but pretty much pointless. Or consider the amphibian family known as the sirenidae, who possess forelimbs are developed, but the hind ones are totally absent. I have drawn one or two species per planet, their would no doubt be hundreds of millions of organisms on these worlds...I just choose the ones that I like or would like to represent. Thanks for the comment, and inquiry. I hope this lent some insight as to my train of thought.
When I first saw this image, it triggered a rare bout of thalassophobia. That grasping hand — so reminiscent of the forelimbs of anomalocaris, yet horrifyingly dextrous. Those cold, staring eyes.
Then I read that it was a "Skyviper" and realized it wasn't a creature lurking in watery depths, but one capable of flight. It's so much better knowing this thing can swoop down and grab me rather than reach up from the waves!
Well glad it didn't give you the water heebee jeebees too tough, mate
And as always thanks for the comment.
Here is the Chalnan Razormouth:
That snout reminds me of opabinia. The Cambrian oceans and shallows were not places you wanted to be.
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