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A Headshot of a large predator from the Birrin world.

Upper eyestalks contain eyes and ears, lower contain eyes and sensory tentacles.

Most creatures related to the Birrin have 4 'lips' covering their jaws. However in this case the upper lip has evolved into a head shield which helps the creature push through dense forest. The blue membrane is used for display and can be retracted under a shield when not in use.

The animal hunts like a large heron, snatching smaller prey by shooting forward its long neck. It swallows most food whole, or by tearing it apart with its smaller inner jaws and toothed tongues.
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Mikartturi Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually really beautiful. I especially like the coloration. I like how it does not look like any terrestrial creature, but still looks like something that could actually exist.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Tried to bring together principles other animals use, rather than just copying any one creature.
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:iconthefellowwiththehat:
TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist
Looks harmless.*

*Sarcasm
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Monster Meow 
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talioraptor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
have you ever thought about making a story
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xman5778 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
have you ever done anything for science fiction movies.I like your artwork.
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:iconwolfgang-111:
wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Artist
okay maybe this is more barnacle looking 
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:iconhummu123:
hummu123 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Looks similar to that Mutant JellyFish from Godzilla the Series
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:iconparkurtommo:
parkurtommo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Reminds me of the designs in Avatar. Really inspiring, I find it hard to "think through" something before representing like you seem to have done here, it seems like you thought through every aspect of the creature resulting in a very interesting and most importantly believable design. Bravo!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
The fun part for me is figuring out how to make it all work :)
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:iconrklk:
rklk Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Gosh
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
are there eyes near the base of the lower tentacles? also, are the eyestalks retractable or do they stay like this all the time?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
There are eyes at the ends of both eyestalks, and yep they are retractable, usually retracted when afraid or tackling prey.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so the circular shape near of the lower eyestalk isn't an eye? so it is the sheath to which it retracts? and I have noticed that some of the animals only have one thick eyestalk on the top and not two (for example the xenoraptor?), and I have seen the same on the older birrin sketches. is it just how time went and you gradually changed the basic anatomy a bit?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Yep, the circle is part of the eyestalks' protection.

And yes, those changes you have noticed over time are just part of the development progress. Now they all have two on top, two on bottom.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the answers, i know I've been spamming you a bit lately... :D
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Spam is no bad thing :)
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: I sincerely hope you'll wrap your project in a book one day =)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
As long as I am not hit by a bus or something, I will put a book out. Even if it takes a decade it will happen.
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SenpenBanka Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
This is awesome! Are you goning to do a picture of it's whole body?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Actually I do have a design, and will do a pic of them eventually :)
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SenpenBanka Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Great! :) If you don't mind me asking, where did you get your insperation from for these?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Mostly invertebrates like a worm called Eunice, which has huge jaws, and dinosaurs like T Rex.
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SenpenBanka Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Oh cool, Thanks!
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1RoadRage1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what the hell is that!!!
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:iconpsion005:
psion005 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool sci-fi :D

Me--->:alien:
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:iconzimliam:
zimliam Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
this is amazing
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:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
eye candy! wow!
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:iconhop41:
Hop41 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Reminds me a little of a solpugid's jaws [link] .
Also The beings from the Predator movies have 4 jaws.
Your creatures are marvelous!
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NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I'm amazed over and over again whenever I have a look at your work. I can't wait to see more...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thanks, more coming :D
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Love the eyes and mouth of this alien
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:iconbeetleguy:
beetleguy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Looks like a stag beetle mixed subtly with an brachiosaurus
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Pineapple-Insurance Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist
This is great! It looks so real, and I can kinda feel the strength of its jaws. Looks like it would hurt a lot to be bitten by it :lol:
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Auger-Affect Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the detail in this. This looks like something that shares taxonomic relation to the Biirin sentients, like some sort of peer pre-sentient apex predator (ie: a baboon to a human, or more distantly a bear to a human).
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
You are correct. They are related to the Birrin, and much larger. However they are highly intelligent, approaching Birrin level, and they have complex interactions with Birrin societies.
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Auger-Affect Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that's a whole extra dimension of interesting you've piled on there. Any plans to depict such interactions? By complex do you mean dumpster diving racoons/bears etc or something else? This sounds pretty neat.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Oh yes I will depict these interactions.

Interactions include drug trade, slave or paid labor, basic treaties and food product trade.
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Nicksketch Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010   Digital Artist
great concept and beautifully rendered :)
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goldenhybrid Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
amazing love the design
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CrazyCoyote005 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Talent
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aladecuervo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!! Your skills are a very powerful weapon!! Every work in your gallery is great :clap: :#1: :wow: :typerhappy:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
:D
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You really have a good grasp on organic tissue and texture!
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:iconkollateralschaden:
Kollateralschaden Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Wow, this looks awesome! And it actually looks like it could theoretically exist. I've just started skimming your gallery, but it looks just awesome!
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gingertom84 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ooohhh Toothed-tongue! Gosh! Amazing skill!
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project-helios Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome! but one thing that it makes me wonder about. hat bulge on it's head is from it's skull as far as i can tell, and it makes me wonder what the birrn skeleton looks like as wellas this creature's. maybe something to think about? :wink:
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ShaneFiresvane Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Awesome Creature! One of my favorite pics on the site.
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:iconkerimako:
Kerimako Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Very nice thing
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I don't recall seeing any.

Are there any parasites for the residents of this alien world? Or rat equivalent? Did anything become genophage like a virus, or maybe a variance in microbiology?
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