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All Todays #1: Giraffe by QueenSerenity2012 All Todays #1: Giraffe by QueenSerenity2012
Of all the animals of the Holocene few are so majestic, so strange, and so fascinating as the giraffe. The long neck and legs were used to acquire a very specific type of food. The giraffe was a molluscivore, striding through shallow water and eating all sorts of hard prey. It would use the blunt beak and unusually curved jaws to hold its prey before crushing it with the flat molars. Giraffes were most likely gregarious, crowding around water sources of their presumably swampy home and stalking their hard-shelled prey in groups. It is unlikely that they had any complex social structure and, like most mammals, was probably an ectotherm. The tall spines clearly supported a sail that was certainly used for thermoregulation. It has been suggested by a few fringe paleontologists that the giraffe spent its life on dry land, browsing from trees, but this is obviously not the case. After all, what use would a beaky, curved jaw have in browsing? These unusual hypotheses have made one valid point; the hoofed legs of the giraffe would be of no use in mud. It seems that the giraffe had some sort of membranous structure between the limbs and tail that would allow it float spread-eagle on the surface of the water, raising its head straight up into the air and dipping it below the surface to grab potential prey. It has even been suggested that the sail on the back extended up to the head and worked like a sailboat; allowing the giraffe to move along the surface of the water without exerting any energy. The three raised portions of the skull are hypothesized to have had a use in vocalization, perhaps allowing it to produce beautiful songs. The giraffe coexisted with such species as the scaly, fast running ostrich and the hippopotamus; the greatest terrestrial predator of the Holocene. It is easy to envision a group of these majestic creatures floating along the surface of a foggy swamp singing their mournful songs as the early morning sun catches their sails and readies them for a long day of catching oysters and snails.

I plan to do a lot more of these, and I'd love to hear suggestions for which animal to do next.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Glad you like it and thanks for the faves!
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, a watch follows
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Trendorman Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Is this like a universe were some future species exists and found fossils of modern animals and had no idea were to go from?
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
Essentially! The premise isn't mine originally, but in this particular scenario the future paleontologists belong to an extraterrestrial civilization and have no idea what Earth life is supposed to look like. By the time they get here the only living things are microbial. 
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Coolkuy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
-Snakes-
Recently, there has been another creature that lived in the holocene. Even though they still arent complete, they paint a clear picture of a small head with a humongous tail. Its been called the snake.

They probably had atleast tiny hands, with it being laughable that it didnt have any limbs in the first place. The tail also came at a very sudden stop, probably meaning the tip was sharp, and was used to kill prey. Some people even think that the tips of the body were actually hundreds of little legs. But the "legs" couldnt move at all, making it possible it was just an extension of its body. All of the skeletons were incomplete, with only one half of the jaw, always the upper jaw. It had 2 large teeth that are so huge, it might of not even HAD a jower law. Instead, there was extendable tissue on the bottom of the head, that couldnt get broken by the huge teeth. They probably were meat eaters, killing small animals with there humongous teeth. They probably were easy prey for hippotamus and ostriches, and ate foods like hamsters and rats. Some hypothesized they used there sharp needle tail to dig, or the small hands actually being webbed for the snake to swim underwater. Its also possible they were part amphibious, even being apart of the newly-thought of group called "Amphibians" having slimy skin. They are thought to be plenty of colors, like purple, green, yellow, or red. Even though not much is known, as scientists only found 1 incomplete fossil, its easy to see that they were weird creatures, just waking up for a long day of stabbing and skewering prey to munch on while it went for a dip.
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jummbl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh? Why have you depicted it with its legs almost looking like it's standing? I thought it lived in the water...
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Mostly because I couldn't draw it with the proper perspective to show it how I envisioned it.

(and between you and me and whoever reads this comment I traced this over a picture of a giraffe skeleton!)
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jummbl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was just joking haha. I'm pretty bad at perspective too and I still don't feel comfortable not using a skeleton to trace for my paleoart.
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
I'm so bad at perspective that I literally cannot draw anything other than lateral view.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
 Have you thought about doing the bullfrog?
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
I've thought about doing an anuran at some point so it's likely you'll see it in the future. I've put this project on hold so I can work on other projects but when I do start working on it again I can guarantee you a bullfrog!
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Pfft, how could such a massive beast support itself on land? 
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
To even suggest that this beast, let alone the elephant, could walk on land is laughable at best.
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Those fringe-theorists. 
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
I bet the real headache will come from the Dogs
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
I've had a few ideas bouncing around for them, I think you'll enjoy what I have planned. 
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
It really seems so  Nod 


Clearly nobody will believe a Great Dane & Pekingese are Same Species  =P (Razz) 
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
My thoughts exactly!
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
İndeed !  Nod 

Same goes aswell with a Normal House cat & Almost noseless Cat breeds ! :D
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So, I really like this in both design and description. Would you mind if I did fan art of it? With proper credit and all.
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That'd be a huge honor! I'd love for you to!
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Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
Took a while, but finished!
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
It's really cool! I appreciate it so much. I'm really glad I could inspire such cool art with my inferior scribbles. :D
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome! You should do some kind of primate, like a spider monkey.
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
I've got quite a big list for animals to do, but I've been a bit overwhelmed lately with work and other projects. Hopefully I'll get back to this soon; a mole, primate (maybe a tarsier), and a flamingo are next on the list.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What in the name of Arambourgiania? Awesome! :D
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Glad you like it!
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