The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

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The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by cybrxkhan » 22 Jan 2013 20:51

I thought I'd start a thread where we can share info, (wikipedia) internet links, and pictures on really cool (and real) animals and plants that most people don't know about. Basically because I'm terrible at conbiology so I just rip off existing world species, particularly extinct ones (ecologically plausible or not).

Here's a couple I can think off the top of my head:

Capybaras - I love these huge-ass rodents

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Terror birds - huge birds eating horses are cool

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Click » 22 Jan 2013 22:39

I love capybaras too! [:D]

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » 23 Jan 2013 00:13

To all fellow shiny-happy capybara-herders:

I give you the Maxi-bara, Phoberomys pattersoni

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What's not to like?

In my conworld, folks herd these (actually giant giant guinea pigs, but whose splitting hairs?)

They also ride these
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Post by Creyeditor » 23 Jan 2013 00:27

Dinocerata
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Pen-tailed treeshrew
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I've got a whole list of these, I think I'm gonna be dropping them in two by two [:)]
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Post by cybrxkhan » 23 Jan 2013 00:37

Keep it coming, guys, I love these. Mother nature/God/Allah/the universe/Physics/whatever has to be one of the greatest conworlders who ever lived, coming up with some of these things.
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What's not to like?

In my conworld, folks herd these (actually giant giant guinea pigs, but whose splitting hairs?)
In my conworld they also herd capybaras and use them for food/milk/pets and even in some isolated regions as pack animals and cavalry mounts. Huge rodent cavalry, woohoo!
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Post by kiwikami » 23 Jan 2013 02:18

The Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish is, in my opinion, the most adorable fish to ever exist:

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This is highly magnified - the actual fish is about the size of a pea, and ten times cuter. The adult ones... not so much. But the juveniles...
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Post by Prinsessa » 23 Jan 2013 10:08

What? The adults look awesome.

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Post by kiwikami » 23 Jan 2013 18:06

Awesome, yes. Cute... eh, that's a matter of opinion. With those lips, though, all I can think is that Smooth Trunkfish are the Frank N. Furters of the sea.
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Post by CrazyEttin » 23 Jan 2013 18:28

This thread requires more awesome notosuchians and thalattosuchians and other insanely weird and incredible crocodilians.
Edit: Speaking about crocodilians, this picture from Tetrapod Zoology is awesome (Yes i know i'm overusing that word):
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Post by Lambuzhao » 23 Jan 2013 21:13

I'll gladly wait for dinosaurs to be "resurrected" (a la chickenosaurus, which, to me, looks like a punk cockatrice anyway).

Bring back those crazy-ginormic crocodilians!
Let's tweak croc genes and get a geosaurus or a deinsuchus, or that nutty
hog-croc Paul Sereno (i think) discovered in the deserts of North Africa.

[Edit: I iz eediot]
http://www.deviantart.com/download/1891 ... 34m0la.jpg

Also, I think ligers (yes, I'm mentioning them already) ought to be bred if only to be the apex predator of Pleistocene Park.

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They are some big, big cats!

Ligers inhabit my conworld as well, along with fertile mules.
But nuthin beats a Texas jackrabbit....
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Except, yon Walpertinger!
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » 23 Jan 2013 21:23

kiwikami wrote:The Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish is, in my opinion, the most adorable fish to ever exist:

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This is highly magnified - the actual fish is about the size of a pea, and ten times cuter. The adult ones... not so much. But the juveniles...

reminds me of the rare 法克鱿 Fa Ke You (French-Croatian Squid)
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Cutie-patootie!
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Creyeditor » 23 Jan 2013 23:49

This is how animals should fly: Colugo
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and this is how noses should look like: Star-nosed Mole
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by DanH34 » 24 Jan 2013 02:18

...Fa Ke You...
<South Park>
Well, Fa Ke You too, buddy!
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Fnarr, fnarr.

Seriously, though, my vote is for the pika.

I want one. Hell, I want ALL of them!

Also, two words. Honey. Badger. Less of a potential pet than the pika, but pretty much the ideal replacement for a guard dog (which, presumably, needs replacing because the honey badger ate it).

Allow the cutesy name to lull your enemies into a false sense of security, then BAM!

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Dormouse559 » 25 Jan 2013 23:59

Meet the Tibetan Fox, only the coolest-looking animal ever. [:)] They eat your pikas for breakfast.

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by DanH34 » 26 Jan 2013 01:01

Look at his little face!

You are absolutely right. That thing looks like some sort of cartoon character made flesh.

Also, that reminds me of the domesticated silver fox. Apparently, they're sort of a mashup of the best features of dogs (loyal, intelligent) and cats (relaxed, independent) in a single furry package.

Also, they're the result of a crazy Soviet experiment, so what's not to love?

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » 26 Jan 2013 06:43

Let's hear it for crazy Soviet experiments:
1) Domesticated foxes [+1] [<3]
2) Resurrecting mammoths/Pleistocene Park [+1]
3) Ivanov's experiments to create a humanzee/amlas army [¬.¬] {erm....} [+1] :mrgreen:

Any others i missed?


@DanH34 -

A nice food chain for somewhere on your conworld:

(predator) honey badger
(herbivore) pika
(flora) moss, lichens, grass, smurf-berries
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My son's desire for a chinchilla was easily snimhendisly replaced when he discovered the star-nosed mole. Veeeery cute & cute!
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Post by Batailleur » 26 Jan 2013 15:41

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Creyeditor » 26 Jan 2013 17:26

Expleuracanthus, Unicorn-fish
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Hoatzin, Monkey-bird
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » 26 Jan 2013 17:39

Batailleur wrote:Image

That is all.

[+1]
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Hmm...Plus these...
http://www.plantdelights.com/images/Equ ... abacal.jpg

Equisetum giganteum

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Torco » 29 Jan 2013 04:12

Dude... more than a plant in particular... I remember when I learned that grass and flowers aer relatively new to the planet and that, before the cretacean i think, there were neither... I was like WHOA!

i still have trouble imagining a world without grass... I've seen forests with no grass but... there were no grasslands? whoa, dude.

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