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.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Possible Classifications

Metalraptor sent me some new ideas on how to make some of the animals on my site look less like Dixon's creations, and more like our own. He even sent me some drawings to illustrate. I'd like to quote his recreative passages as well on here. First up, what was formerly known as Dixon's rabbucks:

Lagomerycines

The first of these is a revised lagomerycine, which is not based on Dixon's rabbucks at all. The metacarpals are fused at one end, similar to the feet of tyrannosaurs, and the unguals have become flat and hoof like (resembling the claws of mesonychids more than rabbits). Also note the teeth coming out of the upper portion of the skull. Rabbits today have eight incisors, but only two pairs are actually used. In lagomerycines these incisors come back up through the head, forming horns.




Second, well, this one is still kinda in limbo as of this second. Metalraptor calls them "Sphinxipithecids". I want to call the family the "Tyrannopithecids", and put the tyrant-lemurs in the family. With a few modifications of course. But this is what was written about them:

Family: Tyrannopithecidae

This family was originally a mixed group, classified amonst the cheilapithecids and the monacids. However, it now appears that these animals are predatory primates, similar in development to the tyrannopithecids but more similar to the saber-toothed cats in lifestyle. The second finger on each hand bears a massive killing claw, and each claw to the left and right is gradually smaller. Like many other primates in the Metazoic, sphinxipithecids are descended from bushbabies. There are many different genera of sphinxipithecids, such as the predatory Castosarchus, which hunts in family groups to bring down larger animals, and Dryptopithecus, a jaguarundi-like species that hunts in the forests.


Metalraptor did these prototype drawings, I personally might make the hind feet of the tyrannopithecids longer for running and leaping. But these are great illustrative views of what might be to come. I have to do a few sketches and some thinking of my own as well, then put all this together. I love the ideas though and I think they will work out well.

4 comments:

Metalraptor said...

You could also call the "sphinxipithecids" reaper lemurs...sounds very evocative. I used the name sphinxipithecids because of the connotation of the ancient sphinx; i.e. a cat-like animal with a primate head. This is somewhat similar.

Also please not the teeth of sphinxipithecids are few and large, working like meat-shears to cut through carcasses.

Metazoica, if you want to put sphinxipithecids and tyrannopithecids together, you could put them both in the superfamily Sarcopithecoidea, or else make Sphinxipithecinae a subfamily of Tyrannopithecidae.

Timgal said...

I like "reaper lemurs", it does sound good. Though at first I did make Dryptopithecus a real monkey and Castosarchus an ape. I love your ideas though Metalraptor. I will consider them.

The lagomerycines, I need not think further about them, I like that idea. And it looks just odd enough to be a creature of the future. I will no doubt be using that one.

Anonymous said...

This is Metalraptor...

I also had an idea for a large, robust lagomerycine, one whose horns are used for intraspecific fights, and is rather like a bison.

Timgal said...

Whenever you're done with it, let me know. I'd love to see it.