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.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Family of the Week: The Marsupial Pig
The marsupial pig is the sole species of the family Thylasuidae. Dixon named it the posset, I just call it a marsupial pig. It is the last descendant of the bandicoots. The head resembles that of a modern pig, or boar. They also have tusks that helps them grub for roots and tubers. The feet are not hard like those of pigs, but rather soft, and dog-like in appearance. The feet are equipped with claws that helps these animals dig burrows. The legs are relatively short, the body is short, bulky and round. The tail is long and tipped with a small tassel, like a zebra (yes, I did some tweaking on this animal's body) the ears are small and rounded, and really the only naked part of the body. The eyes are large and round. The animal it's self is not very big, about the size of a shepherd dog. They are diurnal animals, spending their nights in communal burrows, that house a single family of about 4 individuals. The family members split up during the day to hunt for food. The dominant male and female (the parents) remain the closest together when foraging without crossing paths.
The burrows themselves are quite interesting, consisting of a seemingly seriously undersized tunnel and a large chamber at the end where the family curls up together and sleeps. The undersized tunnel is there to deter intruders from invading the family. Though the main part of this animal's diet is roots and tubers, they will also feed on grass, seeds, some leaves, fallen fruits, berries, even insects, earthworms, snails, and sometimes carrion and the eggs of ground-nesting birds. The flat nose is designed though to get under mud and soft dirt to dig out the morsels they like. The claws also aid in this act. The tail is constantly twitching as a signal to other members of the group, alerting each other's position.
Females are known as sows, as are pigs. They have a pretty well-developed pouch. The young come out partially developed and fed through a makeshift placenta for several weeks, and then finish their development in the pouch, attached to a nipple. This is the closest to being developed in the way a normal mammal is that any marsupial gets. The babies are still no larger than a bumblebee when they are born, but they are a little better developed than marsupials today are at birth. They are born with better developed rear legs that allows them better gripping power at birth, so they are better able to crawl to the pouch.
These animals are quite capable of defending themselves, much like the way anteaters do. They stand up on their hind legs with their front feet (which has the biggest claws) slashing the attacker. Predators of this animal include Carnophalanger and Tamanoa. Also some large monitor lizards and pythons.