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.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Mutt-Names: What's the Point?
I think exactly the same thing when I see someone calling their futuristic animal ideas some kind of mutt-name. It makes me think they are just too lazy to come up with a name of their own. I say, look at other languages. Especially the Greek and Latin languages. They are the best words in the World to draw your new names from. For example, just this past week, I changed the name of a whole family of animals. Their common names are now collectively "zofons" (pronounced ZUF-ohn), after the family name Zouphionidae. This family will later be presented on my site. They are the hyenas of the New World and evolved from mustelids. One dark and rainy day in 1995, Anna and I spent the day thinking up unusual and unique names for all the animals I thought up so far at that time. That was the day we thought up such names as "tamanoa", "rog", "jurrifar" and "sinecru". None of those names are combined names of any modern animals, they may sound like some modern animal names, but modern animals were the furthest things from our minds when we came up with those names. Some worked out perfectly, I just Latinized some of those names and turned them into the creature's genus names. Tamanoa for example, derived from Ictocamelus. Rogs are small, parasitic shrews. Jurrifars are otter-like creatures. Sinecrus are large, earless, hairless herbivores derived from elephant shrews, but went a different direction from the trelatebrates. On a funny note, I recently found out the word "Jafar" is African for "river". So, the name "jurrifar" was well-placed!
But the motto of my method of creation, DON'T get your names from combining modern animal names. Derive them from their latin or greek versions. I just don't like mutt-names. Makes the creator look lazy, or not creative enough to think of their own names. It may take longer to think of these names, but IMO the payoff is knowing you made a creature that is all new and ALL your own!