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.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Family of the Week: The Cats
Though these animals have shrunk for the most part in the Metazoic, they remain hunters. They can overpower animals as big as themselves. They often hunt small mice, shrews, birds and eggs, small lizards, but the majority of the diet of Metazoic felines is insects. Particularly beetles, which they have mastered ripping into. Even the 2-inch rhinoceros beetle is not safe from these animals. Rarely, if ever, do these animals eat bats, but it can happen if they can catch them. Most of the time, these animals are ground-hunters. But sometimes they will climb trees. Most of the birds these animals hunt consist of ground-nesters. One species, Hydrulus, also eats fish. They have actually become skilled divers and swimmers, and easily chase after fish and aquatic insects. This particular cat evolved along the same lines as the jaguarundi. Hydrulus captures fish after a quick chase, and grasps it in their forepaws. These animals have given up their retractable claws to enable them to swim at relatively high speeds. They do have fleshy balls of fat and tough, leathery flesh on the tips of their fingers to enable them to grasp their slippery prey.
As it does today, the genus Felis dominates this family. But unlike the 32 species around today in this one genus, the Metazoic only has 6. All of which are smaller than they are today. The largest in fact is F. brevicaudatus, which is about as big as a 4-week old kitten. It also has the shortest tail, in proportion to it's body size, than any other true feline in the Metazoic. It also has the widest range in the family, inhabiting most of the Old World. This animal not only feeds on small rodents and birds, it'll also feed on smaller felines. This is the only species that can become active while there is still daylight out, usually in the mid-to-late evening. This is when this animal sneaks into a burrow inhabited by a smaller Felis species, and kills and eats them. If they are a nursing mother, the kittens will also be eaten. These animals have to eat at least about 3 times a night, and they do, whatever they can find.
Though these animals are still true predators even in the Metazoic, they can also be hunted by other larger predators. Besides the larger feeding on the smaller, they may also be hunted by night-dwelling, hunting pteropods, viverrids, snakes, birds of prey, weasels, foxes, and even carnivorous rodents. These animals can sometimes defend themselves by slashing with their claws, and hissing and appearing bigger than they are. But this technique doesn't always work with every predator or every situation. Primarily, they stay alive by remaining underground until nightfall, when most Metazoic predators are asleep.