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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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AntFingers Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
I like the humanoid-ish one on the end.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Darn spec would have been more interesting with these guy's...
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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.
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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
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Absolutely love it...
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to see one riding a dinosaur :)
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Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Artist
Evolution for the win!!!
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow
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WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually like yours better.
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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
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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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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
it seems like a legit evolution here, very interesting :)
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Glitterboy2098 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
neat, proto-Kroot....
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
I think para-kroot at most. Those WH40K creatures look very synapsid-derived to me. All too often artists assume that everything will evolve a human torso.
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Glitterboy2098 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well, part of the background for the kroot in 40K is the ability to absorb DNA from the stuff they eat, and they did smorgasbord on a bunch of humanlike Orks in their backstory..

but yeah.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Yeah. The finer points of evolutionary theory are largely irrelevant in a world of chaos demons and cybernetic skeleton warriors. :P
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
These are so much fun! I never realised it was possible to make a plausible humanooid dinosaur!

...although I do NOT support making it bald, eww. I suppose it might look OK with smooth black skin.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
The funny thing is that they came about practically by accident. We didn't plan on having any sort of sophonts, but then just the right kind of species ends up in the right kind of niche, and you get a human-shaped maniraptoran.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
heresy! And some other heresy ([link]) heresy everywhere!
I like it!
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NeckTieKat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa!!! This is such a neat concept!!! I love it!!!
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha, great drawings! But thank you so much for not actually doing this in Spec.
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Fingertier Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Something reminds me of this guy... [link]
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
I didn't know Dixon had come up with sentient birds. Or that there was a documentary. :o
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Fingertier Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Yes, this bird is from documentary edition of After Man...
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mar16cris Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
really cool, the only thing i find strange is the arms, and maybe the torso, okai they evolved from dinosauroids, but how much this would affect the skeletal anatomy?, i mean, if they're gonna walk straight then the skeleton must make drastic changes, also because its an advantage for seeing above the high grass. the arms with the "chicken" position look really funny, but this afects the manipulation with the hands?....
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
It's an avian, hence it has the anatomy of an avian, not that of a highly derived synapsid. Every detail of an animal's anatomy can be understood by looking at how its ancestors were put together, because evolution just subtly tweaks what's already there. Anatomical changes need to confer immediate advantages and they have to be easy to reach for them to appear at all, because evolution only works on the short term.
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student General Artist
They look very similar to my Hisharii[link]
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Yes, they've certainly got a lot in common. But then they have fairly similar ancestry too. :)
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Lol. It is good to have someone who also thinks a sapient dinosaur will be very bird like. Actually would Corvus be close to that in terms of intelligence?
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Well, with maniraptorans being the number one candidates, it's almost inevitable. And I do think corvids are cognitively closest to humans of all non-hominins, at least if you believe certain researchers.
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Corvus is like an avian Homo, in terms of the intelligence that varies between the species. They would make great models to how the various extinct humans coexist and thrived.
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Multimorph Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I've read that one possible reason humans have such sparse fur is that it went along with larger foreheads, etc., as a sort of eternal infancy. Apparently, our hair pattern bears striking resemblances to that of very young apes of other species. Baby birds are sometimes baldish too, so that naked dinosauroid might not be too unreasonable.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
There were probably several coinciding reasons why we lost the long fur, some involving thermoregulation, some sexual selection and even avoiding parasites, but rampant neoteny is an interesting point. A sapient bird would almost certainly be highly altricial, which means they could hatch totally featherless.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I'm loving it!
Perhaps these "naked avians" could have ostrich-type featherbumps on their legs and exposed parts?
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
On the legs and arms maybe? I assumed they might look mostly like the featherless chickens that have been bred in Israel. Their skin is wrinkly but otherwise smooth. Incidentally their legs also lack scutes which looks freaking weird.
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