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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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Given 2006-11-14
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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menapia Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Brilliant creature design and considering the weird lifeforms we have on earth it's believable especially the bit about how it "explosively" ejects body waste from a pore on the back perhaps a means of giving would-be predators a really nasty shock?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
Poop offense is the best defence
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MooBazooka Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Did they informed you that they are showing your work?

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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
I didnt, but its ok. This pic shows up all over the place :P
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themandorian Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
mankind has warp drive capabilities 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
We do?
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themandorian Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
no i meant does mankind have warp drive capabilities? i mean a company wouldnt find space profitable if it took decades to get its money back
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
In the birrin verse we are stuck with sub lightspeed travel. but since post humans live so long it doesnt matter so much
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themandorian Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
okay you should make a transhumanist themed drawing
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DVhuizen Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such an inspiring piece. To draw an alien is one thing, but to imagine their anatomy, their behavior, the world around them, the people in it, the technology they use and the culture they create....


Science might be able to tell us what to expect out there, but you make it real. Right here on Earth.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Hopefully a preview of what we might find :P
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Imageshr Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Really impresive. Congratulations
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Thanks!
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Awesome!:D
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Yiss
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The-Polybius Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
No don't sit there, thats not its head but its ass ready to shit on you
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ToastedToast15 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The aliens are so cool!
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EmpathStudio Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome piece!  Great mental imagery.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
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 Jan 26, 2015
Thanks! 
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup:
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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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:iconabiogenisis:
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  Student 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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:iconabiogenisis:
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  Hobbyist 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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