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Megaherbivore Sketch by Abiogenisis Megaherbivore Sketch by Abiogenisis
A concept sketch of a possible creature for my ongoing book project. Evolved from the same body plan as this" [link]

The tall trees of the open forests demand a long reach to feed on their leaves. Instead of evolving a long neck to do so, this creature has radically extended its arms and modified the hands into gripping and tearing devices. With the arms fully extended, the animal towers 8 meters [26 feet] tall. The head is down near the center of the body, without a long vulnerable neck for predators to attack.

The stalked eyes half way up the neck give good all around vision, as well as being able to focus together when dealing with a particularly tricky plant.

When attacked by predators, each of its walking legs can strike out with a sharp claw near the ankle, though the creatures massive size protects against most enemies.

The head is so far off the ground that to drink the creature either scoops up water in its feeding hands, or immerses itself in a deep lake or river and combines drinking with a refreshing bath.
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Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your aliens are so unique. This would be so cool in a sci-fi.
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Ah, I see. But are they on the Birrin world?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
They are. They behave rather like elephants.
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Pfunkei Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
So do they hold the same fascination for their dead kin too?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Not quite so much, as they arent as socially developed as Elephants are.
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Neat!

So when Birrin go on safaris, this is what they see :D
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Aww, if this is on the Birrin world, it could be a mount of some sort...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Nah, these beasts are far too hard to tame ;)
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Rafabip Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Quite strange to be coherent !
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Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
so cute!
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