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.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Family of the Week: The Terasols

The family Terrosaltidae is made up of rather large, slender animals. The family is a descendant of the mongooses. Most species are quadrupeds, but Piscatoris hunts, standing bipedally for long periods in water, though on land, it is a quadruped. The head is long, with a long, pointy muzzle. The ears of these animals are small and round. The tail is long, usually as long as the head and body. The neck is long and slender. The fur is rather dense and harsh. They have sharp teeth and retractable claws. Though in Piscatoris, the claws are not retractable, and are much larger than they are in other species in this family. These animals are not really runners, but stalkers. They prey on almost anything they can overpower. Most species in this family are solitary hunters that prefer to hunt at night or in the late evenings. They rely mostly on sight when hunting, but they also use their relatively weak, but effective, sense of smell. Most species are relatively uniform in size.

The lightest species in this family belong in Cursotheria. Unlike the other species, this genus run more when in persuit of prey. As a result, they are better hunters than other species, which scavenge as much as they hunt. Much like today's cheetah, these animals start their hunt with a short stalk, and then a short, sprinting chase, which can last for the length of 3 football fields. The legs of these animals are long and slender, the feet are very streamlined, almost hoof-like. They are specially designed to hunt such animals as antelope and deer.

Piscatoris is the only semi-bipedal animal in this family. But they only walk on 2 legs when they are wading in the water. Their diet consists mostly of fish, but also some large river crabs, and large salamanders are consumed as well. The forepaws are designed like hands, with long, curved, sharp claws. They also have fleshy, ball-shaped pads on the tips of their fingers, which is bare, and harsh like sand paper. This allows them to grab fish without the fish having a chance to slip away. These curved claws are not really present on the rear feet. The rear feet in fact, are webbed. These animals are really slender, and when standing bipedally, they can tower over 6 feet tall. Their tail is long and stiff, unlike other species in this family. The brows over their eyes jut out further than in most other mammals, which acts like sunglasses, and makes it easier for them to see the fish they are trying to grasp. Despite their fisherman habits, these animals are only average swimmers.

The largest in this family is Imperator, which is about 12 feet long from nose to tail. This genus also scavenges more than other species. The size of this animal is enough to scare off most smaller scavengers. Though not all are intimidated by these creatures. Though like a whole pack of lions, this animal also hunts. But they hunt by stalking, not really running. They prefer to hunt the larger deer and antelope, as well as any other smaller animals they can capture.

These animals are good hunters, but are not immune to being hunted themselves. Deinognathids often hunt these species. Though these animals can very well defend themselves, using their sharp claws and teeth. But larger animals like the big Deinognathids, are undeterred by the weapons of these animals. The young are also vulnerable to attacks by predatory bats, large snakes and even others of their own kind. Females raise their cubs by themselves, and males that come in contact with the cubs will kill and eat them.

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