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Baby Birrin by Abiogenisis Baby Birrin by Abiogenisis
The Birrin are an egg laying species, and clutches typically contain 3 or 4 eggs which hatch within days of each other to reveal small, hungry and fuzzy chicks.

The young birrin have several adaptations evolved to aid their survival in the humid and life filled swamps in which the species first evolved. The short hair covering their small bodies is a dense mat of fibres designed to keep the myriad nest parasites from gaining access to their skin, while the conspicuous stripes allow birrin parents to immediately locate their young on foraging trips. This fur, while useful, poses an overheating problem in the tropical climate and so the undersides of the large dorsal ‘wings’ are highly vascular and by holding them out from the body the young can cool themselves.

The fur is shed in stages, first falling away from the lower limbs to prevent mud from the wet forest floor fouling the fibres.

The other major adaptation youthful birrin possess are large patterned plate-like growths around the base of each eye stalk, and covering part of the breathing apparatus: These plates not only help deny access to certain parasites but are also used to elicit feeding behaviour from the adults when displayed around the open mouth.

Most modern birrin, having long since industrialised, rarely brood traditionally but often use communal incubators or hired nannies to warm eggs during gestation. Indeed the fur, once useful for parasite control, is now a hindrance in the hot modern climate of Chriirah and in some regions is shaved off soon after birth to keep the chicks cool.

Depicted here are two young birrin recently out of the nest and already engaging in the boisterous play behaviours that will prepare them for their often dynamic, active lives.
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NekoGabiPie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  New Deviant
Aw! So adorable! I'd take care of them so they can be a healthy, strong adult Birrin in the future!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
But be careful, they nip!
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NekoGabiPie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  New Deviant
I'll keep that in mind, hehe :D
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GuyWhoFindsYou Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
The Birrin are too complex to plausibly hatch from eggs. The yolk is a limited food supply for the fetus and real-life egg-laying creatures all have to make trade-offs because of this restriction (even monotremes, who retain their eggs longer than they incubate them outside the body, and have flexible leathery shells, are still restricted by egg-laying so just retaining the eggs internally longer doesn't eliminate its limitations). There's a reason why placental mammals are the most complex animals in real life.

Not only are they too complex to hatch from eggs, their body structure is too stiff too allow a pregnancy so they couldn't give birth either. A serious hole in their plausibility.

Also, real animals generally have just one pair of jaws because sharing the muscular connections for multiple jaw sets is a very inefficient way to bite/chew and ultimately loses out on biting power. Quality over quantity. A jaw structure like that may exist in some extinct Paleozoic animal, but wouldn't be favored up until the creatures becoming persons. You notice how humans don't have two-chambered hearts, or reproduce by spawning? Creatures of sapience need to be at a very high evolutionary grade.

These problems, however, could be fixed with some changes to the head to give it a single set of jaws to maximize muscle power, and it really needs to give live birth, so extending the body to give it an expandable gut would do it a lot of favors.

When designing civilized aliens, it's generally a good idea to not go "how can I make this as DIFFERENT FROM HUMANS AS POSSIBLE" and consider /why/ humans evolved the way we did. Our endothermy, viviparity, huge domed skull with a massive brain, efficient jaw, flexible skeleton and advanced organ systems are all completely necessary for the selection of such a specialized and hard-to-select-for trait as our level of intelligence. You can't take any of these things away and call that sapient species plausible.

(If you actually are not trying to make a plausible species and are just doing this for fun, then forgive me for my nitpicking; with all the studies you've done for this species, though, it does seem you want them to work in real life so I felt compelled to point out rather obscure mistakes.)
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GuyWhoFindsYou Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Also, I'm not sure how fur would help keep parasites out of the skin. That'd more be the parent's job of protecting the young (as burrowing through fur is a thing parasites kinda do quite often in the real world.)
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
chick 
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MDCCLXXVI Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
They remind me of quails lol.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cute chick. 
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Sarfire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love ur aliens man!
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Even Aliens are innocent when they are young. Also extremelly adorable ! :D
Adolescence makes them evil :(
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no, I knew plenty of evil kids!

Ever pull the wings off a fly?
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Really ? Well I see a few 'hostile' kids too; but I always blame parents.



I did (try) pull wings of another insect. It was a Wasp !
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Birrin would be like playing with baby tigers probably. Fun, but they have a lot of sharp bits.
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
That doesn't change they are utterly adoable !

But surely a hug from human means many injuries... To the human :D
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deviantsock Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You've mentioned in earlier posts that you have a rough idea as to the history and lore of the Birrin. I was wondering if you could ever have a geography or nation contest, allow your fan-base to expand on the Birrin universe.

Also am I allowed to use Birrin in my own works? I'd give you credit of course but I wouldn't want to commit myself to your own idea with your consent.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As long as it isnt for profit, you are free to use them :)

I will definitely release a design of the world
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ThatZommy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
I'm extremely interested in this world now. Would you mind if I used these in a personal mod for a game I own? I'm reading about them and thinking about ways I could add them into Dwarf Fortress. Either way, you're amazingly talented.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, you can use them for a personal mod :)
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ThatZommy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Thanks, and once again great work. I wish I had the talent to make stuff like this.
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21Mauricio21 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
So many details, man. Clap Really makes the work complete and plausible, unlike other aliens that have random "cool" concepts shoehorned on them.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I try to keep them evolutionarily plausible as much as I can, without TOO much arbirary cool.
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21Mauricio21 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Way to go, way to go! :)
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Tsuriae Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SOOOOO KYUT!!!!!!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Fluffs!
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AntFingers Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAHAAAWW! It's so cute!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Puffles
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AntFingers Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Waddles bobbles snuffles chubbles!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Katkoot dance 2v 
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AntFingers Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
 Jackdirt  They're making more!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Is it weird that I think these little guys look cute, even though they look a bit like fluffy slug/bugs to me? :giggle:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I based them off baby emus, so they should be adorable!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh my, now that you've said baby emus, I can see the resemblance! La la la la 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
:blush: OMG! That's adorable! It's just cruises along before it's legs can catch up! :D Now I can see your Birrin doing the same thing. :giggle:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Katkoot dance 2v 
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traviswadegarden Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Too cute!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Chiggin 
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TrueMefista Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
aww
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Fluffs
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TrueMefista Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yup^^
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wysoka Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Two baby aliens playing, sooooo cute :) :heart:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Fluffies!
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wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Artist
wow these are really cool they are like barnacles or something
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QNAMAN Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm... Are you a Birrin in disguise?
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Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Part bird, part mammal, part insect...these are really amazing! I love these creatures.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Just threw it all in there :P
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student General Artist
awwwwwwww
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PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Do birrin keep their dorsal "wings" into adult hood or do they atrophy, they are adorable though.
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