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Xenobiology by Abiogenisis Xenobiology by Abiogenisis
A large Earth-based company intends to use this gas giant in a nearby star system as a vast Helium 3 extraction and sales operation. However to do so the law requires an ecological damage survey to be conducted on the gas giant's moons, to be sure the operation will not damage any ecosystems on them. This large moon, only slightly smaller than earth, was found to have an advanced multicellular ecology.

The Sol Union Xenobiologist Makeba Sutphen was sent with the company when they left earth, to make sure the laws regarding alien ecosystems were followed. Here she is approached by possibly sentient natives of this large moon. Although she has a camera out now, if they get closer or show aggression she is well armed.

The species itself evolved from large aquatic creatures which resembled less broad versions of Earth stingrays. As they began to move on to land small feeding appendages on their underside grew into thicker organs to propel them, and the large side fins retracted and darkened to protect against solar radiation. Sensory appendages which stuck from the sides of the head and helped find food underwater become very useful for judging distance above water, with the eyes set so far apart.

Males, who had to compete for mating rites, developed these eye-stalks further into horns, and used them to scare off other males. They also developed a more upright stance to better compete for mates until the species was standing almost vertical. With a head now so far from the ground, the large mouth migrated to the bottom of the body, leaving the brain, eyes and breathing tube on the upper head, so as to spot danger and eat at the same time. Waste products are ejected explosively from the body from a pore on the back, to prevent contamination to the mouth.

Now able to walk upright and survive on land, the species spread across its world to become the dominant creature on the planet.

An alternative, warmer variation is here: [link]
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Xenobiology by ~Abiogenisis is science fiction at its best. It's a breath of fresh air to see such a unique creature design, an interesting image description to match such a great drawing as well. Looking at this takes me back to my youth when browsing the bookstores for great book covers was how to buy novels. ( Featured by Aeires )
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EmpathComics Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome piece!  Great mental imagery.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Danke :)
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
STILL my favorite piece of sci-fi art on all of DA. Awesome art and in its conceptual implications.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thanks! 
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catacutan95 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Incredible design with a fantastic, yet entirely believable, backstory! Very smart work, I love it!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Danke :)
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extremecaterpie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'd shake his hand(?), I think.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Butt hand.
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extremecaterpie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
0.o.O
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twisted8 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I appreciate this sextaped.  Original concept and believable.  Thanks.  
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I look at this and in terms of both story and art and I cant help but think Wayne Barlowe would be proud. 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Hope so!
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cody8808 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So, are the eyes somewhere else on the creature's body when the stalks developed into horns or are the eye stalks double-function as horn-like sexual indicators, such as a lion's mane? If the later, then I would guess that the "eye horns" are larger and/or more prominent on the males than the females?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Think stalk eyed flies :)
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pagpaglelo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
way cool! love this design
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Thanks, still one of my most popular :)
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ghost-nerdy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   General Artist
Amazing
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
People love blue :D
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RaubixCube Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Just genius. Just... everything. Genius. I have no words.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Danke :)
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Mdbishop Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Any one else get the feeling that this is about to be a very short expadition
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Oh I am sure that human is packing ;)
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
we come in peace awesome stingray aliens 8D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Or do we!
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I would hope those giants came in peace. I love stingrays.
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
To me, it feels like it could fall at any moment, especially with the "waste products are ejected explosively"... on the other 2-fingered extemely long appendage, it looks like it could really easily get up from that.
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Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool, is it related to the Birrin at all?
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rklk Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Fascinating, I am just enjoying your work sooooo much.
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RunDownThatGuy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013   Digital Artist
I LOVE it! :D I really love imagining what things would be like if we could figure out how to travel around space, and find other earth-like planets, colonize moons, etc. I am addicted to games like Dead Space :P
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thanks BMO :D
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do the creatures have clothing?
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rbow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Excellent work!
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themedic11 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
a-mazing. absolutely beautiful.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
:)
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do those creatures reproduce?
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here are some questions. I want you to answer those RIGHT away?
How tall are these creatures?
Are they mammals, just like people?
How do they walk?
What noise can they make?
What shape is their mouth?
What is the name of the gas giant their home moon is orbiting?
Do they use tools similar to early man, like clubs and spears and stuff like that?
And finally, HOW INTELLIGENT ARE THEY?
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TheWriteType Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've only just made an account on this site but I've loved your art since I discovered whilst doing an art GCSE at school here in the UK. I just love the way you splice biological knowledge into your art to create creature designs that really seem to function as part of a world. It's very impressive. That, and the simple fact that you are a fantastic artist who creates such realistic images. Thank you so much.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Glad you found me! Might I ask what a GCSE is?
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is the creature like a manta ray? It WILL exist on earth to replace humans.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
There is a lot of snobbery around digital art from art teachers. Many of them just aren't qualified, so I taught myself to use it, as well as doing lots of tutorials like the Gnomon series.
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TheWriteType Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
UK qualification that you get when you're about 16. Art is a hard one to do because there's so much work involved. The final exam is 10 hours long -.- But yeah, I came across your stuff and wound up doing some small-scale studies and stuff. I really wanted to do digital art as my final piece because of how good yours was but they wouldn't let me for some reason :/
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I look at it while listening to Yanni Looking Glass. And the song absolutely fits well! :squee:
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olafanderson Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
He's about to find out that he's crunchy.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
She ;)
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olafanderson Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Indeed
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Wow, very fascinating. I love how much story and information you can pack in to one of your inspirational works!

Keep up the fabulous work!
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A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Absolutely superb! :iconsaluteplz:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
*Salutes*
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sinninginheaven Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Creeps me out. Gj.
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hug me, human!
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