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.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Evolution of Flight
Even this show says that bats fly better than birds and are more maneuverable than birds. It could be this that allows bats to win in the future world over birds. Remember sharks beat out the prehistoric Dunkleosteus. You know why some people believed that happened? Because sharks have jaws that protrude foreward when biting, giving them a bigger advantage in capturing prey over Dunkleosteus, whose jaws were immobile like ours. Little things sometimes can make the biggest difference. Sharks have been successful for over 350 million years because of that! Whereas Dunkleosteus and it's allies died off long ago. If bats are more agile fliers than birds, even slightly more, that could be a huge advantage in their future survival over birds. All bats have to know how to do now is take over the daytime skies, and it is the pteropods that are well on the way to doing just that.
On my Metazoic site, I have also a group of far-gliding mammals (or I will have when I get around to them) I call them "Pleuropters", and these mammals take on a method of gliding much like today's flying lizards of Borneo. It's an interesting concept. One that could happen in mammals. Who knows? But these are not the same things as bats. I've been thinking of not calling these mammals of my site "mammals", but something else. Maybe "Neomammals" for now, because IMO, they would be so very different from modern mammals. In birds and pterosaurs, the thing that makes them successful fliers is the hollow bones. In my Metazoic world, bats develop the same feature, making them lighter in weight and the largest bats just as capable of flying as smaller bats. But the air sacs are a feature no mammal has today. I also have placed this feature in the Lily-walkers and the small, water lily-trotting deinognathid, Feresetta. To make it easier for these animals to walk on lily pads without going through and sinking the pads to the bottom of their lake home. Much like we see in today's jacanas. But it was the air sacs and hollow bones that made the largest pterosaur, Quetzalcoaltus, capable of flight.