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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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creeperaptor40 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
Very cool ^^
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Llama Emoji-48 (I'm Cool with Mah Sunglasses) [V2] 
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creeperaptor40 Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
^^
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
What is the name of this moon?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
They havent bothered naming it, it just has a numerical catalogue designation. This mining company isnt very sentimental ;)
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, okay, cool. Were any other ecosystems found on any of the other moons?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I think there might be, since microorganisms would be transported between the moons in impact debris
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
oh, alright, cool.
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Mckill316 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
Everyone is wondering how you drew it, while im sitting here wondering if im staring at its mouth or its butthole...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
or both...
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Spoon-Forkington Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Is this hand drawn or digital?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Both :)
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ShadowFoxxx Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
As somebody who dreams of being an astrobiologist, this is totally my bread and butter. What an awesome description! I love this!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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MataRahi Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Student
Thaaaaaaat's really cool. :D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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ForAriadne Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, do you have a book in the works or a book out because this is magnificent! Have you ever read Discovery of Dragons by Graeme Base? You could do a discovery of alien species or something!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I have that book! Its amazing :)

I aim to pitch a book this year.
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ForAriadne Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, so cool! I'll have to keep an eye on your journal then, I wish you the best of luck! x
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Kredri Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
"- ...and not he... it looks at me - or at least, I think it looks. HQ, should I start panic already?.."
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, got a TASER ready :P
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WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I was just at a talk on alien life at my local science museum and this image was on one of the slides, alongside the works of Barlowe and Ramjet! :D
(don't worry, the talk was non-profit and you were credited ;))
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hells yes!
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IchorData Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing and believable design is amazing and believable.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Two sins off!
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Company ? Like a megacompany from sci-fi genre; like RDA ?


'' WeylandYutani... Building better worlds ''
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Like those companies but less utterly horrible.
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
At least they don't found parasitic species nor the abandoned alien ships with High-Tech ! :D

Also probably nobody allows them to use human 'subjects'
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QuantumXZ Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Very good design, looks very alien-like but still evolutionnary-coherent.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thats the goal ;)
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Vaharamus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Very odd looking, but that's awesome
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menapia Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
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 Jun 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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 Jun 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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  Professional Digital Artist
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  Professional Digital Artist
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  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Awesome!:D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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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jAllenRatz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome piece!  Great mental imagery.
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