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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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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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