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 15, 2008

Trelatebrate Predecessors

The "Trelatebrates" is what I call the future order that contains the Deinognathids and Therapeds and a few other families of the future. I have been battling with myself over the ancestoral species for this group ever since I first created it. In the beginning, which was in 1993, I thought they would derive from modern swine, or pigs. But at first, that wasn't the way I designed them. I thought their feet more resembled those of aardvarks. But I honestly believe the aardvarks are doomed and will have no descendants in the Metazoic. Then I thought of hyrax, but I think that too would be an impossibility. I have a family in the Metazoic derived from hyrax already. Doesn't mean they couldn't have more descendants, but I think evolving into tomorrow's Deinognathids would be impossible. Then I thought of horses, because of the head design, but then that could just be parallel evolution. And one of my buds recently said for an animal like Deinognathus to come from horses, even indirectly, would be an evolutionary impossibility. So he suggested chevrotains. They are small, hooved, and semi-carnivorous. So for a long time I've been going with that.

So this past weekend everyone has been telling me for a family such as this to evolve from chevs is impossible. One person suggested I have the pteropods as the ancestoral species for this family. At first I thought maybe he was bullshitting me (sorry, but it's true). I read his reply and said I'd think it over. I would LOVE nothing more than to have a final ancestoral species for this group. There has got to be one!! This is too good an order to just up and throw away! Whatever the ancestoral species would be, it would have to be something highly adaptable, that could live in any climate or adapt to any climate and any change. I think the people of this forum want me to make felines the ancestoral species for Deinognathids. I thought about that last night, and at first I said to myself "What a horrible thought!!" Then I thought it would be impossible. The same species that would give rise to the Deinognathids would also have to give rise to omnivorous therapeds and other families within the group that are more vegetarian than carnivorous. Besides, I don't think there is any way on Earth felines could ever develop hooves. So felines would be impossible to derive such species as these. Thank GOD!!! So I am not stuck yet. So then I thought about elephant shrews. They are omnivorous, active during daylight hours, and their feet are still soft, while still having the potential to develop hooves. Also they have recently been found to be closely related to elephants, in a sense, hooved mammals. The only problem is that elephant shrews are confined to Africa. But even that problem can be solved. As they get bigger, and Africa collides with Europe and Asia collides with the northernmost tip of the USA, it is possible they could migrate. All these facts make the elephant shrews a good candidate. If they survive human encroachment, they will likely become the ancestoral species to all Trelatebrates of the Metazoic. They are getting bigger. Let's hope humans don't kill off this family. Even though we won't be here, and this is indeed speculative, I'd love to be watching from above and see what creatures evolve to create the animals of tomorrow.

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