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The Peacocks of Great Lakes Earth
For :iconInkGink:’s April contest in :iconSpec-Evo-Club:.  Theme:  MIMICRY
The origin of Great Lakes Earth’s birds goes back 400 million years, when a species of fish called Tiktaalik made the decisive step out of water and onto land.  Fast-forward to 342 million years ago, and the jungles and swamps that covered the planet from pole to pole were alive with amphibians.  Then, one special species of amphibian branched out into two new major groups—the reptiles and the synapsids.  Both sides had a great destiny ahead, one being reptiles and then dinosaurs, the other being the seeds of the mammal family tree. Both went away from the fully sprawled legs of their amphibian ancestors and improved their postures into semi-erect. Both sides had evolved four-chambered hearts from the three chambers of their ancestors’ hearts, which separated deoxygenated blood from oxygenated blood. Both had 15% of their overall body volume a
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Return of the Recast :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 2 0 The Empire Strikes Back Recast :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 2 0 A New Hope Recast :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 6 7 Plate Tectonics, Great Lakes Earth :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 4 0 It's a Start :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 6 26
For :iconInkGink:’s March contest in :iconSpec-Evo-Club:.  Theme:  SEXUAL DIMORPHISM
Back home, there are an estimate of 80,500 species of chordates covering only three percent of the animal pie chart.  On Great Lakes Earth today, there are still 80,500 species of chordates, but now taking up only half of one percent of the pie chart.  Back home and on Great Lakes Earth, another 80% of the pie is reserved for one phylum—Arthropoda.  To understand how this could be, let us rewind 444.4 million years, in which life on Great Lakes Earth, over 150 million years after the Cambrian Explosion, witnessed its first and worst mass extinction.  90 to 95% of all life perished in a combination of carbon excesses from the flood basalt eruptions of Terra Australis (Sahul and East Antarctica); rogue algal blooms that robbed the oceans of oxygen, suffocating them and a 25-mile-wide ball of pure iron slamming into what we’d call easter
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SOMA On Trial :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 1 1 The Arctic Plate :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 3 1 Iceland, Great Lakes Earth :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 0 0 Indian Ocean, Great Lakes Earth :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 0 1 Atlantic Ocean, Great Lakes Earth :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 2 0 Pacific Ocean, Great Lakes Earth :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 1 0 Underwater Citites, GLE (Rigid) :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 0 0 Underwater Cities, GLE (Woodframe) :iconjdailey1991:Jdailey1991 0 0


Greening Up :iconvseger:vseger 4 0 Ice Age steppe bison :iconrenum63:Renum63 71 11 Cuba en mi corazon :icondashakern:dashakern 87 6 Owlet ACEO :iconschiraki:Schiraki 66 1 Needles :iconsigfodr:Sigfodr 84 6 Copse :iconjennyben:Jennyben 7 4 Sylvannus: Thylacovovia :icontheharpyeagle:TheHarpyEagle 1 0 Thylacovovia: Sparassodonta :icontheharpyeagle:TheHarpyEagle 1 0 Thylacovovia: Australidelphia :icontheharpyeagle:TheHarpyEagle 1 0 African Pygmy Kingfisher :iconwillemsvdmerwe:WillemSvdMerwe 75 14 Autumn Blackwater Falls Overlook (freebie) :iconsomadjinn:somadjinn 96 19 Palimpsest Europe Map :icontard15:tard15 18 2 November Park by Leonid Afremov :iconleonidafremov:Leonidafremov 189 7 Triplets Laughing At Meme Blank :iconmixelfangirl100:mixelfangirl100 14 10 Akna :iconart5ec:ART5EC 22 1 Big, biggest, bigger. :iconjacekson:jacekson 82 1


Just recently, I had made my third submission to :iconinkgink:'s monthly contests on :iconspec-evo-club:  But the wildlife of Great Lakes Earth, just like back home, is so diverse that they, too, could have been used in any of the themes that I had submitted to.


My submission to that theme were the "worm forests" that cram 99% of the planet's waters like ecological Tokyos only to reach record sizes in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean.  Who else could have been LARGE?
  • The Roaring Cats of the Northern Hemisphere
  • The Genus Paraceratherium
  • The Afrotheres of Great Lakes Earth
  • The Mystery of Great Lakes Earth's Moose
  • The Genus Gorilla
  • The Ice Age Giants That Never Were
  • The Tortoises of Great Lakes Earth
  • The Ratites of Great Lakes Earth


In that theme, I brought out the basic summary of the crabs-of-paradise, inspired obviously by the birds-of-paradise of New Guinea.  But such extravagance on Great Lakes Earth is not exclusive to those crustaceans.
  • The Peacocks of Great Lakes Earth (covered in the next theme, Mimicry)
  • Capreolidae
  • Cervidae
  • Capridae
  • The Genus Leo
  • Bowercrabs
  • The Beetles of Great Lakes Earth
  • Bumblefish
  • Serpent shrimps


I submitted a peacock for the latest theme, which is not the most original so far, but on Great Lakes Earth, the similarities are just as big as the differences.  This is the hardest theme I'd done because there are so many, and the kings of the mimics have to be the arthropods.  So I decided to narrow the list to chordate mimics and tweaked the peacock around a little.
  • Orchid crabs
  • Neuropteran butterflies
  • Tytonidae, the "Mimic Owls"
  • When is a Rattlesnake Not a Rattlesnake?
  • Where are the Jungle Insects?
  • What Makes a Bamboo a Tree?  (Not sure if that counts, as it is not a mimic to fool predators or lure food in.)
  • Pollinators Turned Prisoner

I did have an idea for :iconhyrotrioskjan:'s Skullwalker entry--a species of ant in Sahul that reproduce in a horrifying fashion--but since he wanted it drawn, I decided, "Forget it."


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