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Avian Heresy by Osmatar Avian Heresy by Osmatar
If the Speculative Dinosaur Project had been open for dinosauroids, this is what you most probably would have seen. The middle one, that is.

We already had the carpos, secondarily flightless relatives of Confuciusornis with fully functional opposable manual digits that had adapted into a monkey-like climbing lifestyle. Then Dan came up with the idea of a "terracarpo", a carpo that like early hominids had evolved to survive on the ground in the African savanna. The creature on the left represents that stage.

I decided to run with the idea and take it to its logical endpoint by creating a sapient carpo as a sort of "Spec human". I tried to give it the proportions of a super-brainy omnivorous runner of the savanna, with weaker jaws than its predecessor because it had figured how to cook its food.

Obviously this would never be accepted in Spec, so I decided to play with the concept further. Trying to channel nemo-ramjet style no-holds-barred speculative creativity I went for an avian creature as human-like as possible. Humans are the naked ape, so I had the anthropavian lose almost all of its feathers so that it would have to wear clothes too. If you think it looks freaky, I agree, but this is what you get when you forcibly evolve a bird into a human. (I know that some American comics have space humans that supposedly evolved from birds, but don't actually have any anatomical avian traits apart from feathers. They're doing it wrong.)
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Darn spec would have been more interesting with these guy's...
Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really though, If you look at the proportions on such anthropomorphic avians as Donald Duck, (and so many others from disney) you can see that he's "built like a bird" instead of "guise with feathers n' beaks". (the sheer amount of anthrocentric chauvinism within the furry fandom is ironic and astonishing.) I think that these guys look weird. But I also think that if any other tetrapods considered my appearance, they must think I look weird too... and that's what makes processes like these so special.
ProcyonNoumer Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I really haate chavenism and biased for just one fuken primate species, as if the 3.4 billion year history of life on Earth revolved around them
Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Absolutely love it...
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to see one riding a dinosaur :)
Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Artist
Evolution for the win!!!
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually like yours better.
RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i feel like the troodonts or dromaeosaurids would be the ones to evolve like this :P
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
In Spec we didn't really have an appropriate deinonychosaur, but the carpos just ended up there accidentally, without any plan or intention. Much like real world evolution.
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