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 26, 2009
Family of the Week: The Scaly Hares
The largest of these animals is Lepiteles, with an average height of 10 feet tall when standing on it's hind legs. They can be very vicious adversaries for oncoming attackers. The ears are also among the largest in the family. But it is their claws that makes these animals formidable. The body is covered with scales, except for the belly, all the way to the end of the tail, and the head. The eyes are large and the eyesight is very good. This is one of several species in this family that will seek out and eat carrion. In consequence the sense of smell is better in this species than in any other member of this family. They use their size and claws to take over and chase away smaller scavengers. The hind feet have only 3 toes on each foot. But all toes are tipped with sharp, curved claws. They are not fast runners.
The smallest species in the family are in Pholidiculus, most of these species are actually very rabbit-like. These animals also have some of the most colorful scales in the family. They were the first species to reach the New World from Asia. Like their relatives in the Old World, these animals walk bipedally. But unlike their Old World relatives, these animals often walk on all fours as well. The sides of the animal is covered with scales, but the back, the belly, the head and neck and the tail have no scales. The largest species in Pholidiculus stands about 5 feet tall on it's hind legs. The diet of this species is comprised of mostly invertebrates. Though they are mostly plains dwellers, some species have adapted to life in the dense forests.
I have been considering separating this family into 2 sub-families. The Sogariinae with the New World species, and the Lepitelinae with the Old World species. But I haven't worked on much of the differences yet. Though thanks to one of my posters on this blog I considered making these animals more bipedal than the hare-like animals I originally came up with. Though again the face and ears are still rather hare-like.
These animals, due to them being such formidable adversaries, have few predators. In the Metazoic, all but the boldest of predators will not confront these animals. The scaly hares have sharp, curved claws on all feet, and can use either their front or back feet claws for protection. The hind feet are generally used if a predator manages to flip the animal over, as well as the forelimbs. Though the forelimbs are also used in the initial meeting with an attacking predator. The scales add extra armor to their bodies. The scales are made of much the same material as our fingernails and are very tough and impenetrable. Though that does not stop some predators that can very well place a killing bite. The deinognathids, mongooses, some predatory lemurs, snakes, hunting pteropods, and some predatory squirrels are capable of taking these animals on. Though for most animals it is rare to be able to bring these animals down.