Welcome to my Metazoic site! This site discusses the existence of the creatures to come along after humans will be extinct. I first became interested in a world after man when I acquired my first copy of Dougal Dixon's After Man: A Zoology of the Future in 1992. However, I unwittingly created creatures that did not exist from the time I was about 8 years old. But it was after I obtained a copy of that book (now a collector's item) that I decided to take these same creatures I created as a child and make them more realistic in an evolutionary sense. Though it may be hard for a lot of us to grasp, humans will soon become extinct. One of the biggest factors of how this will happen is the current overpopulation rate. Which is why I don't contribute to the population. I created this world with little more than mammals fulfilling all ecological niches with the help of some friends. I even gave the era of the age after man a name, I called it the Metazoic, derived from the words for "After-era" (Meta, meaning after, and zoic meaning era). We are now in the Cenozoic era. To view all the animals I have created since I began this project, you can go to the "Meet the Mammals" section of this site. To discuss your own ideas about what you think will happen in the future world, and share your ideas with others, please feel free to leave a comment.
One more thing, some of you may find this site quite offensive, and you have a right to your own opinion. But please respect my right to have an opinion too. I'm not saying there is no GOD, I believe it was HIM who got the ball rolling. But I believe after that, evolution took over. There is so much more evidence of evolution than there is of creation. Even that going on right under our noses. Other than that, enjoy yourself and visit our many links.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Anyway, back to squids. In TFIW (The Future is Wild), they portrayed small, tree-swinging squids they called "squibbons". GOD I HATE that name!!!! But then "mutt-names" always sound dumb!! I always try to stay away from mutt names for my animals! Unless it is in the latin form. But that is different. Even today we have animals whose latin names combine those of other animals. Like Hippotigris (tiger-horse) for zebras, Hippocamelus (camel-horse) for guemal deer, Myictis (mouse-weasel) for a small, tree-dwelling dasyure, and Cynictis (dog-weasel) for the yellow mongoose. But I don't believe in doing the same for the common names because these are their own animals. Anyway, TFIW thinks these so-called "squibbons" will be swinging from tree to tree like gibbons and there is no way that can ever happen!! Even with extra muscle and cartilage, it is not at all possible. Gibbons have bones specially placed in their hands for absorbing the shock of impact, squids do not have this. Cartilage is too soft. If they hit a branch at top speed, the cartilage and tendons holding the muscle would just disintegrate. And forget about them being able to leap from one branch to another. IMO, "squibbons" would be better off just creeping up trees like tree snails, and staying in one place. As for the "mega squid", forget about them!! Such a creature would be impossible for it to exist!!! They are too big to inhabit forests and too big to be carried around by simply cartilage and muscle! The animals that do have a skeletal structure of nothing but cartilage only live in the water, they never come on land. Those that do, too easily get crushed under their weight. Like if a great white shark were to beach it's self. It'd be too heavy on it's self to even breathe. And all that weight would make it impossible to support on leg structure made simply of cartilage and muscle.
In order for squids to retreat to a land-based existence, they would have to secrete something (like slime) in order to protect their skin from the sun. So it is my guess squids that retreat to land will have a slimy coat-covering. The beak of the animals will move above the arms, so they can use their arms for crawling. Crawling in a way like they grasp the ground and pull, like a sloth on the ground. Same for climbing squids, only they grasp up and pull, very slowly. For squids that feed on grass, they can reach out their arms and pull the grass to their beak and eat that way. Same with leaves, just reach and pull to their beak, and cut off the parts of the leaves they love and eat it that way.
I just got an idea this afternoon, for a squid that even hunts like a spider. Only their "web" is a long thin string of sticky slime. Like I said, all squids of this age secrete slime. But this species, I will call it Arasoupia, secretes a sticky slime from it's mouth to one of it's arms, sits on a tree branch and dangles the drip, awaiting an insect or other small creature to get caught in the sticky goo. Then the squid acts, pulling the droplet with the animal or insect attached to the end up to it's mouth, delivers a poisonous, paralyzing bite and eating the creature. So those are my ideas for tomorrow's squids.
It is too doubtful. The main direction of squid evolution is the pelagization passing to the life in open ocean. I think they may partly substitute fishes, but not replace them.
Personally, I agree with you. I don't think squids will ever take over land. The inspiration for this post came from a thread on the Speculative Evolution forum, and is one of those "What if" views. This is IF they do come to a land-based existence.
Unless there is another Carboniferous (and even then bugs will stay small due to tetrapod competition), the only major innovation I could think of for spiders was a tiny, porcupine-like tarantula.
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