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, January 19, 2009

Family of the Week: the Parrot-Bills

These are large mammals descended from the rodents of today, such as porcupines. These animals however do not have the quills of modern porcupines, instead they have rather soft, flat-lying fur. Their size is what intimidates predators. These animals are unique in that their ancient incisors developed into a protruding, parrot-like beak, used for chomping off tree branches for consumption. The eyes are rather small, the ears are large and highly mobile. The head is rather horse-like in appearance. The beak protrudes out the front of the muzzle and in some cases there are tusks. The largest tusks belong to Siagonodon. They have powerful jaws to break down branches and bark from trees. The body is large and bulky, and the legs are a bit like those of elephants. The tail is thick and relatively short. In some species there is a tasseling effect present. The neck is rather long, but thick. In some species, they even have a tapir-like proboscis, helpful in grasping higher branches and bringing it down to their mouths. For their size, these animals are surprisingly agile, and will rear up on their hind legs to appear larger to a predator. All species are diurnal and strict vegetarians.

There are no really "small" species, the smallest is in the genus Stegopsittatherium. These animals reach an average of about 6 feet tall, and 8 feet long. The legs are more slender than in other species and the head is smaller, with a more slender neck and resembles that of a camel. The tail is long and carries high. The feet are soft, with blunt nails. These animals live in herds and cannot use bulk to intimidate predators. Instead they prefer to run from danger. They are fast runners as well, reaching speeds of about 50 m.p.h. at top speed. The tough flesh on the back offers some protection against predators, but it doesn't deter any attacks.

The largest species in the family is Siagonodon. This is the most unusual species as well. They stand about 20 feet tall, and are equipped with 7-foot long tusks that grow out the lower jaw. This gives these animals an advantage when peeling bark from a tree to get at the moist, juicy under layer that these animals love to feed on. They then use their powerful beak to rip these bits out. They also feed on leaves and young shoots. The forelimbs are longer than the hind limbs, as with all species in this family. These animals live in couples, and are monogamous.

These animals, because of their size and fierce-looking parrot-like beaks, have really very few predators. Though their calves may be taken down by anything, the adults only have to fear large Deinognathids like Spathodon. Then there is also the ever-present Castosarchus. These apes hunt in packs so they can easily bring down an adult. But Psittacodonts have very tough flesh that is not so easily ripped into, so in most cases, a predator would have to be pretty powerful. I did a picture of Psittacodon some time ago, and I was going to put it on my site once I did that group. I just never got around to doing the group! So here's the picture I did:

1 comment:

Metalraptor said...

Are these Old World porcupines or New World porcupines (believe it or not, the two are not closely related).