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How would you like to evolve?

N/A
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Develop Movement
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Improve Feeding
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Improve Hunting
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Improve Intelligence
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Improve Senses
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Develop Senses
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Improve Defences
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Develop Defences
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Improve Social
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Develop Social
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Alternate Earth
« on: March 08, 2008, 08:55:32 pm »
Welcome to Alternate Earth, another evolution game to grace these forums. The thing that separates this particular game from the others though, is that it is in the same vein as The Future Is Wild and After Man - it follows the evolution of one species of animal existing today to the future and beyond. I will warn now that my knowledge of speculative biology and evolution only reach up to first-year university material and other things I've read (The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins is amazing). This is a game, and although I like to be realistic, I don't have any delusions of mapping an accurate tale of future evolution, which is impossible to do. So, without further ado...

Alternate Earth will be illustrated, though my computer isn't fully functioning at the moment. It's in safe mode, and as such, I can't draw, scan, and digitally colour like I usually do. Instead, I'm going to try my hand at drawing by mouse, probably in Paint, and colouring in Gimp. The art won't be extraordinary, unfortunately, but I think I have above average art skill. Alternate Earth will be a poll game, and spasmodically updated. I will never have update deadlines, and although I will try to give dates on which I will update by, knowing myself, I rarely follow them. So please, don't spam the thread telling me to update. I appreciate your appreciation, but telling me to do it isn't going to make it go any faster. Now, to the actual game.

Alternate Earth will follow the evolution of a particular species of animal on Earth currently existing - only in an alternate dimension. On March 7th, 2008, our current dimension will have given birth to a twin dimension, where everything is exactly the same, except for one crucial fact - humans will have vanished off the face of the earth. Their cities and constructs remain, except Homo sapiens will have just vanished, gone, forever. No bodies, nothing. Gone.

So, it's up to you guys to start the game. Pick a progenitor for our future race of alternatively evolved creatures. It can be anything, as long as a couple of you come to some sort of general consensus - say if five people agree on one animal. Any animal at all. An earthworm, a leech, an eagle, a platypus, a frilled shark, a jellyfish. Either pick a specific one, like a fire-bellied toad, or just say toad and let me pick out which one. Six creatures have already been suggested. Please vote for one above. The majority vote shall win and the game shall be updated tomorrow.


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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2008, 11:38:56 pm »
You didn't have to make a new thread to make a poll you know.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2008, 12:41:30 am »
You didn't have to make a new thread to make a poll you know.
Oh. Well, I couldn't figure out how.

In any case, the Philippine Eagle has won. Expect an update soon.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2008, 12:56:01 am »
What if we turn this one into a story thread? The other one can become the discussion thread. That way, we would have a very neat and organized archive right from the start. :)

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2008, 01:16:50 am »

Generation One - Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)
The caws and calls of various creatures echo throughout the steamy jungles of Mindanao, a large island in the Philippines. The mountainside rainforests teem with life. Monkeys crawl through the ropy green canopies above, while smaller birds and snakes stalk the ground below. We reign supreme, the apex predators of the ecosystem. Screaming colugos, howling monkeys, hissing serpents, and growling wildcats - all fall prey to our razor talons and seven-foot wingspan. The only threat to us - those upright beasts, hacking away at the mother forest - are now gone, their cement edifices barren. We reign supreme.

The Philippine Eagles hold the niche of apex predator in their ecosystems, dwelling in mountainside rainforests. They live for thirty to sixty years, building a nest and mating for life. They are massive creatures, weighing up to twenty pounds with a twenty foot wingspan and immensely powerful muscles behind a tearing beak and ripping talons. Large monkeys, colugos, and even venomous snakes are all prey to us, though life is changing in the absence of the humans. If we don't keep up in this evolutionary race, the hunters could soon become the hunted.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2008, 01:19:11 am »
I'm still a little hesitant about the voting options. I want to keep them broad and simple, so I have more control over what actually specifically evolves, so things make more sense and are logical. Feel free to suggest more options or whatever.

I might make an archive, since I don't like the idea of breaking up the threads. I think it'd get too messy, but thanks for the idea.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2008, 03:18:31 am »
I just want to note that lemurs are only found in Madagascar.

And 'flying lemurs' are not actually lemurs, but they are primates. Call hem Colugos.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2008, 10:15:09 am »
I just want to note that lemurs are only found in Madagascar.


Well maybe before we died off we PUT them in the Phillippines, so there! Pfftt!  :P


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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2008, 12:35:25 pm »
Flying lemurs is their common name, but I'll use Colugos from now on. Thanks for pointing that out. There's a tie right now - if it isn't broken by an hour or two, I'll break it myself and update.

Oh, by the way - IMPROVE means to improve things which we already have. DEVELOP means to develop new things. So improve movement would make us better flyers, while develop movement might give us some small capacity to swim or walk or climb or crawl or burrow.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2008, 01:46:46 pm »
If its a tie, change my vote from improve hunting to improve intelligence.

Edit: Thats a pretty long hour or two...
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2008, 08:47:19 pm »

Generation Two - Unknown Dinaetochid
Mindanao has changed. Raging volcanic activity has increased the size of the island twofold, and pushed up the mountains at the centre of the island. Life has changed on the island - subtle changes, but changes none the less. The native colugos have diversified into several subspecies - one of them has evolved stronger jaws with three-pointed teeth, and feeds on rodents and insects on the forest floor. Another has tripled in size, a giant gliding giant with muscles strong enough to carry figs and coconuts in its claws. The primates are being slowly pushed out of the jungle by the ever-diversifying colugos, and several have already taken to inhabiting small caves in the vast jungle clearings that dot the island. There, they are easy prey for us. We have evolved as well, becoming terrifying giants of the sky. Our brain has seen one of the most rapid expansion rates in evolutionary history, almost tripling in size - the optical lobe alone has expanded almost 400%, giving us the fastest claw-eye coordination in all of Asia. Our bodies have grown, feasting off the giant colugos of the forest and the ground-dwelling monkeys in the clearings. Denser bone growth in our wings allows the very beat of our eight-foot wingspan to become a fearsome weapon, capable of knocking a human, were they still around, unconscious. A freak mutation has also helped us some, bending an unneeded wing bone outwards, turning it into a blunt spike. Interdimensional ornithologists have classified us as dinaetochids - roughly translating as 'terror eagles'.

These dinaetochids still hold the niche of apex predator on Mindanao. They are solitary predators, reigning across a massive and viciously defended territory. Their increased size and lessened dexterity has forced them to move from the dense mountainside rainforests of their ancestors, and into the more open forests around jungle clearings and the like. Their average life span is forty years, though some especially long-lived specimens have been seen to reach seventy. The trouble of making a nest large enough for two adult 'terror eagles' has forced the life-long mating of their ancestors into extinction. Reproduction is now a touch-and-go process, though the fledging death rate is rather high. Tyrants of their domain, nothing is challenging these terror birds.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2008, 11:47:45 pm »
Feedback people, feedback!

Sorry I took so long to update. I had it drawn for a while, but life got hectic so I wasn't able to colour it for a few days. Then I started colouring it and was nearly done when my computer rebooted suddenly. So after that, I finally did it AGAIN and got it uploaded.

I was doodling some stuff from my mind before and thought about this. I ended up drawing some sort of giant shark-like avian descended from our Philippine Eagle. It was pretty cool - sort of like killer penguin meets leopard seal.

By the way, both IMPROVE HUNTING and IMPROVE INTELLIGENCE won. I decided to be nice.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2008, 12:53:28 am »
I really like the diagrams you did they show the small change between the two, when will we get more diagrams???? i do like diagrams so much.
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2008, 01:55:12 am »
Nice! ;) The diagrams are a pretty good idea. That way, we could really get the feel that the creature is slowly changing and adapting to it's environment. :)

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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2008, 12:17:05 pm »
In the picture where the 'Terror Eagle' is standing with its wings folded the bone spike should be at the 'shoulder' because of the way wings fold up. Cuz right now the wing diagram and the picture  disagree with each other.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2008, 03:48:17 pm »
In the picture where the 'Terror Eagle' is standing with its wings folded the bone spike should be at the 'shoulder' because of the way wings fold up. Cuz right now the wing diagram and the picture  disagree with each other.
I know, I caught that too. I'm going to get around with changing it today or soon.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2008, 06:03:06 pm »
Nice update. The diagrams are a nice touch. :)


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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2008, 06:12:17 pm »
Nice update. The diagrams are a nice touch. :)
Well, since the changes were mostly internal, I had to do something other than add a little spike on the wings.

Anyways, you guys chose to IMPROVE SOCIAL. Remember, improve means to improve things we already have. The only social aspect of our lives right now is our mating cycle. If you want pack-hunting or the like, you need to develop instead of improve.

I'll update soon, hopefully tonight, but we'll see.

EDIT - I've modified the picture slightly for the archives, to fix up the anatomy error and to change the layout a tad.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2008, 08:02:45 pm »
I haven't been completely watching this, but from what I see, excellent work.

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« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2008, 02:01:38 am »
EDIT - I've modified the picture slightly for the archives, to fix up the anatomy error and to change the layout a tad.

Actually from what i see you just deleted it... Did you change the image tag in the post?

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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2008, 08:39:43 pm »
EDIT - I've modified the picture slightly for the archives, to fix up the anatomy error and to change the layout a tad.

Actually from what i see you just deleted it... Did you change the image tag in the post?
The picture in the archives (separate thread) is the only one modified.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2008, 11:26:57 pm »

Generation Three - Unknown Dinaetochid
The island of Mindanao continues its ever expansive growth, fueled by rivers of molten rock spewing forth from the planet's core. Plant life grows almost as fast, covering new land as soon as it is cool enough to seed, growing out of the ashes like a phoenix rising. Meanwhile, Mindanao's resident phoenixes - the massive 'terror eagles' known as the dinaetochids continue to evolve. With no life on the island even able to hold a match up against the dinaetochids' raw size and strength, evolution has pushed forth in the brain once again, this time towards the realms of social behaviour. Reproduction has grown into a complex, life-long affair once again. Mating rituals alone last several months, involving an ever-increasingly detailed series of decorative flights, dances, and displays. Once a dinaetochid has chosen its illustrious mate, the pair mate for life. This complex reproductive behaviour has pushed the evolution of a crown of long feathers in males, used to attract females. Other life on the island has not been idle either. Twenty pound colugos jump from tree to tree to feast on giant ripe fruit, now too heavy to glide. The rat-colugos have grown into gaunt skeletal forms with dagger-like incisors and sharp, piercing claws. They've been known to hide on a branch and jump onto a passing dinaetochid, living off of its blood until it flies back to its nest, where it hides until the fiercely protective avian parents leave to hunt. Upon that happening, it ravenously devours eggs and chicks, then making its get-away. Such occurrences are rare but devastating. The ground-monkeys have grown larger and more powerful, their skeletons adapting to live life on the ground. Their build is now a mixture of baboon and gorilla, and they dwell in packs dozens strong on the ground. With their sharp eyes and loud voices, they are hard to sneak up on without alerting the entire herd. This has sparked more evolution in the social lobe of the brain. Dinaetochids are now believed to have occasionally demonstrated pack hunting techniques, chasing ground-monkeys into the jungles, separating them, then snatching them up to tear apart and eat. If true, it is a remarkable step into new ground for the avian race.

Dinaetochids, as their name implies, are still the dominant predator on Mindanao, though with its rapidly expanding land, their position may be in trouble. Deep in the heart of the jungle, where the trees are too dense and the overgrowth is too thick for the wings of dinaetochids, animals are going missing. Large animals, like the dwindling populations of vine-swinging primates. The dinaetochids are not the only predator on the island now that time has given other species a chance to catch up...
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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2008, 11:49:54 pm »
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« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2008, 11:44:15 am »
First off, just felt like saying that, as always, this is a great game.

I think that, since some of us are getting killed and there's a new ominous creature lurking in the shadows, it'd probably be a good Idea to develop some defenses.

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« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2008, 02:14:17 pm »
i agree to both, great game and develop new defenses
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2008, 03:45:49 pm »
Aw, shucks. You guys are the best. :D I'll wait until I get more votes and less ties before I update.
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« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2008, 04:27:18 pm »
Improve movement, if the big bad monster can't catch us, then we are safe.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2008, 05:52:47 pm »
Unless it can fly.
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« Reply #28 on: March 17, 2008, 05:55:26 pm »
But we would fly faster and more agile then this monster, trust me, defences are overrated. ;)

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« Reply #29 on: March 18, 2008, 11:30:42 am »
Nuh-uh! Defenses are one step closer to dinosaur-hood! Terrifying thunder ftw! We shall come from the sky, swift as lightning, and very very frightening! And when those monkeys make weapons and attempt to repeat the horrors of Australia we shall be prepared, for we shall have defenses! Our eggs will be too tough for any but own own kind to crack! And our parents will be ever-vigilant! Our skin shall become scale and no hollows of breasts left or right shall be vulnerable to the watchman's arrow! We are the kings of the jungles and no creature shall ever usurp us! For we are Dinaetochid!

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« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2008, 01:33:43 pm »
I agree with Minotaur, on acount of being totally right about the awesomeness of dinosaurs and the fact that the Dinaetochids movement is already well above average and we don't just have to look out for the older Dinaetochids but the young ones too! The issue of others eating eggs and the defences of the young and the natural defensive parenting instincts are required because how will there be any older Dinaetochids if there are fewer being born, defense and offense both gain from increased Dinaetochids. Let's beat these bloody mammals!

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« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2008, 02:05:51 pm »
Hmm, good point, will have to vote for defences next time.  ;)

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« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2008, 07:27:30 pm »
im not looking forwards to dinosaurs but, taller version of the terror eagles, with the spike on the wing to turn into hands and we become sapient. That are my hopes and dreams
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« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2008, 11:47:58 pm »

Generation Four - Unknown Dinaetochid
Mindanao is now a very large isle, surrounded by many smaller islands, together making up more than half of what used to be the Philippines. The concrete structures of humanity still stand, overtaken by jungle growth and slowly decaying, giving back to nature what it once stole. In these decaying concrete ruins life has evolved a myriad of forms, either adapted for hiding amongst the rubble or hunting amongst the rubble - an ecosystem of stealthy rogues hunted by stalking predators. The ground-monkeys have adapted to this new niche, becoming predatory and solitary primates, their bodies lean and thin to ambush the ground-dwelling swarms of nut-gathering colugos. Another variant of the gliding colugos has adapted to a niche not unfamiliar to that of our ancestors - flying predators preying on small animals amongst the canopy. These eagle-colugos, though plentiful and relatively harmless, often inhabit canopies far too dense for our massive wingspans to penetrate. The new deep jungle threat has so far managed to evade contact with dinaetochids enough as to not penetrate its image into our inherited genetic memory. Whatever it is, it has managed to take down a couple dinaetochids here and there - something nothing else on the island has been able to do. Thankfully, evolution has handed us a couple of adaptations. A bulbous lump above our beak allows us to funnel air in through the nasal cavity and snort it out rapidly, creating a loud trumpet-like call that can be heard for miles around. This new defense has allowed us to alert others when danger is around, as well as to call for mates during the breeding season. A minor adaptation in the structure of our feathers has made us slightly more aerodynamic, allowing us to take the place of the fastest flying animal in the world for our size.

Successful as a long-lived, colossal giant of the skies, the dinaetochids of the Philippines are still among the most ferocious predators on the earth. Still, their apex position is getting increasingly competitive as the passage of time and the process of evolution gives other species a chance to rise up as predators, whether they be slender, muscular primates or gliding bundles of muscles and fangs.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2008, 02:24:08 am »
Awesome trumpets! ;D
Let's find a way to be more adaptable.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #35 on: March 21, 2008, 08:03:41 am »
Why is there an N/A option?

I say we should work on developing social or improving intelligence

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2008, 11:16:17 am »
   Improve hunting by using these trumpets to co-ordinate ourselves (one trumpet for prey, two for scary things, etc.) . Maybe even do some minor short-term herding, scaring prey out of terrain where we can't kill them, then swooping in onc3e they're out in the open.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #37 on: March 21, 2008, 07:07:14 pm »
Why is there an N/A option?

I say we should work on developing social or improving intelligence
You can't improve your flying any further at the moment, that's why.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2008, 09:47:20 pm »
I think developing social can help on many levels. Simply by being able to communicate better we can help build our defences (ex. certain eagles watching after another's young while the parents hunt, warning of danger). Also, the obvious hunting methods have also been introduced that help integrate pack hunting to the eagles which can help flush out easier small prey or bring down the big meanies.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #39 on: April 03, 2008, 10:54:17 pm »
Sorry for my recent absence, just getting my computer fixed up. Inexplicably, the scanner still fails to work, despite the printer working fine (it's one machine). Stupid machines. Anyways, I did draw a picture of the next evolution, and managed to take fairly decent pictures of it with my camera and put that on my computer. I'll colour and update them soon. Our dinaetochid is feasting on one of the descendants of the monkeys, a ground-dwelling baboon-like predator.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #40 on: April 04, 2008, 01:05:18 am »
They're massive!

Awesomeness! 8)

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #41 on: May 09, 2008, 09:13:14 pm »

Generation Five - Unknown Dinaetochid
Mindanao. A series of isles now unrecognizable from its human-inhabited past. The concrete jungles of mankind have now long since crumbled and decayed, replaced by the emerald jungles of nature. Hundreds of new species inhabit the leafy canopies, from new species of fruiting trees to the ape-wolves and rat-colugos descended from the wildlife of the past. The primates of the island have diversified more than successfully, their many variations inhabiting the jungle at many different levels. On the ground, amongst gnarled roots and dense undergrowth, live the ape-wolves, vicious carnivorous predators who hunt in packs and prey on the descendants of boars, largely unchanged. In the trees are the descendants of monkeys, now something more akin to a hairy warm-blooded lizard, living in dens and snapping up insects when given the slightest opportunity. The true apes congregate in herds dozens strong in the large jungle clearings. Their form is similar to that of a gorilla, though having been achieved through convergent evolution and being the first true Asian ape, it is a remarkable step in the evolution of primates. We have changed as well, though our success has slowed our evolution. Our trumpet-horn has swelled and grown remarkably, now a fully-fledged auditory organ able to emit foghorn-like calls that reverberate through thick and thin plant growth alike. Our brains have also near doubled in size, and are among the largest brains on planet Earth, in the absence of man. We are intelligent, though not overly so. With the ability to count and the ability to freely associate, we are at a level of intelligence somewhere between a crow and a domesticated dog.

Still the feared kings of the jungle, adorned with a crown of feathers, we are facing a new threat in addition to the mysterious predator of the deep jungle. A descendant of the colugo has gained the ability of flight, and has proved rather prolific in the nourishing arms of Mindanao's jungles. It looks somewhat like a fruit bat, though it has a distinctively primate look about it, despite it not being a true primate by any shot. Its diet has proven problematic for us - it feasts mainly on fruit, though it has taken to robbing our nests of late. In and of itself it is not a problem at all, its scrawny body and shaky flight no problem for our rending claws and tearing beaks, but it tends to fly into the deep jungle with our eggs, where our massive wingspans cannot reach.
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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #42 on: May 09, 2008, 11:53:53 pm »
Nice! Lets start building a large community to ward away those pesky egg-snatchers! :)

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #43 on: May 10, 2008, 03:10:07 am »
we are at a level of intelligence somewhere between a crow and a domesticated dog.

The dog being the lower spectrum of course.  ;D

Good stuff.

Vote develop social so that we can leave individuals behind to guard the nests.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #44 on: May 10, 2008, 09:27:01 am »
Awesome, guy. What will we do when we become intelligent?

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #45 on: May 12, 2008, 05:16:21 am »
What option would lead to taking a step towards our children developing faster? I'm figuring that while egg-guarding is good, and fixes this problem very well (better than my choice) having our children develope faster has far-reaching benefits. Our population will bounce back faster after catastrophe, our kids will be able to feed themselves faster, later on when we become sapient of kids will be whiny for a shorter period of time, and egg hunters will have less time to hunt our eggs.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #46 on: May 12, 2008, 12:08:13 pm »
I'm thinking social or hunting, Minotaur.

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Re: Alternate Earth
« Reply #47 on: May 13, 2008, 05:41:17 pm »
The actual physical development of the young can't really be helped, since the more complex the organism the longer it will take - but you can have the young reach sexual maturity at a younger age. That'd be develop defences.
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