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Blossoms/Neoteny 2 by juniorWoodchuck Blossoms/Neoteny 2 by juniorWoodchuck
A quick follow-up to yesterday’s upload ...
The colored piece at the top would be an alternative life cycle for organisms whose blossoms turn into plant-like organisms that are able to reproduce sexually. Nymphs would only be born from blossoms created through intercourse between two animals. After giving birth, the blossom would turn into an even more plant-like organism that could create blossoms too but no nymph could come from these... So intercourse between two animals would create animals and "plants", while intercourse between two of those would only create more "plants". This is just an idea though, so it might not stay like that.

The lower drawing is what I mentioned at the end of yesterday’s upload: a species of nrgwenyid with extreme sexual dimorphism. Both sexes exhibit a form of neoteny, the males resemble nymphs, while the females are very blossom-like. They are anchored to the ground through a root-like ventral foot that absorbs nutrients from the soil while their four large wings gather energy by photosynthesizing. Adult males are very short-lived and only have one single purpose: reproduction. They do not eat in their short existence - they don’t even have a mouth or a digestive tract.
The females’ reproductive organs have migrated to the inside of their oral cavity. The males crawl into there and deposit their sperm, which can be stored by the female. After that, the males die and are digested by the female to supply her with additional energy to produce her seeds.

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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are beautifully alien concepts, I for one really like them :clap:!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016
Thank you very much! :D
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome!
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016
This is some wack biology, and absolutely fascinating
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016
Thank you very much, I’m glad you like it! :)
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Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Man, you make me love Aurora so much, these details in their life cycle so similar to those of cnidarians and echinoderms with the neotenic forms are just nice :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Thanks, I’m glad to hear that!
Yeah, their life cycle was indeed inspired by cnidarians - especially jellyfish 
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slothChija Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, aurora is one of my two favorite alien worlds now, with snaiad falling right behind it. Great job on this project man!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Thank you so much! I feel honored to hear that :)
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slothChija Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
:D
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
How curious.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
It’ll get even more curious ;)
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Meme (Mind Blown) [V1] 
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salpfish1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
Nice, I really like this idea!:D (Big Grin) 
Do the adults ever keep the ability to photosynthesize?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Thank you very much!
Yes, I want them to still be able to photosynthesize to some extent... probably not all of them though
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salpfish1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome!:) (Smile) 
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GrittySmitty Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I just realized that our planets are similar in the fact that they both have life cycles where animals have plant counterparts. In mine though, it's sexual dimorphism, so it's different between planets. If individuals from our planets met(when there was intelligent life on Aurora) they would probably relate to each other more than they would to creatures from other worlds. 
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Yeah, that’s true... where you inspired by jellyfish too?
I wanted Aurora to be a planet where the distinction between animal and plant is not always too clear as animals have plant-like features and plants have animal-like ones. As this was not the case from the get-go, I have not fully fleshed out every detail of their resemblance and relation to one another but I’ll do so in the near future...
A meeting between two intelligent creatures from both our planets would actually be pretty interesting. And I totally agree, they’d probably relate to each other quite a bit... unlike with those weird fleshy humans that can’t even photosynthesize or anything 
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GrittySmitty Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jellyfish inspired one specific family of creatures on Whistler that I have yet to write or draw about, but the plant thing was actually just my take on trying to find a way to diversify and add more to the wildlife there. I figured instead of making animals have plant features and plants have animal features, I'd just make it so every species is both at the same time. Of course, a lot of my plants can move, even ones that aren't just male animals, but that comes with its own justifiable reasons. 
It would be. Spec crossovers are so fun to plan out and talk about, I do it all the time with my one friend, who unfortunately stores 99.99 percent of their world building stuff in their brain. 

Humans are so incredibly bizarre to Whistlers. Human males take so much emotional and physical care. All Whistlers have to do with their males is poop on them occasionally and they'll be happy :P
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Ah alright... Now I’m even more excited to see what else you have in store for us!
Well you definitely succeeded in making them very unique and alien, that’s for sure :)
That’s true, it’s something I enjoy doing too. Most of my speculations are centered around xenomorphs though and what would happen if they infected wildlife from different franchises and projects. You should try to get your friend to join DA, I’m sure we could coax his projects out of them.

Well there are people like that here on earth too iOS Tears Of Joy Emoji Button (3/???) 
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GrittySmitty Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll have to actually get around to showing off more of what's in my head. A big problem with me is I have concepts I think are cool, but I always have trouble actually illustrating them and making them into things I see as aesthetically pleasing. You have a knack for very interesting body structure designing, I on the other hand, have a lot of trouble making structures I like. That's one reason I churn out new critters so slowly. 

Well now you have me thinking of Whistler xenomorphs! That's a really cool thing to think about. 

His problem is that he insists he has zero drawing skills. I started with zero drawing skills, and I'm still no master artist. It doesn't take much effort to get to 'acceptable' but I have trouble getting him to understand that:p

As George Takei would say: 
Ohhh myyyyyy!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Oh I actually struggle quite a bit with that too... Especially the designs for Aurora have come a long way from their first designs and they are in a constant state of change. I just usually have a very clear picture in mind of how my creatures should look like but bringing that idea onto paper can be a pain. Something that has helped me is to just draw something and then come up with a backstory or an evolutionary path for it afterwards... that way, you kinda get out of your head and just let your hands and your intuition do the work. This process can be quite freeing and takes a lot of the stress away.

See? It’s a lot of fun to speculate about xenomorph crossovers :)
I quite like the idea of them infecting Darwin IV’s wildlife... just imagine how crazy those abominations would look like

Well but that’s the same with everyone... art is not something you can or cannot do, it’s something you have to practice by doing it. It’s a never-ending process of learning new things, improving, changing your style and striving to get better. Everyone can draw, they just need to be dedicated and relentlessly work at it.
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GrittySmitty Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I often find myself getting more stressed when trying to draw:P I only experience that relief when I make something I like, which is rare. 

It really is... xenomorph arrowtongue would rip some serious shit up. 

I bug him about it on occasion. I like his ideas too, volant life on a gas giant. It's not a first but it's something not many people seem to really go to in depth. 
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016
In that case, I could recommend the scribble technique to you... It’s a nice way to just get some stuff onto paper without having to think too much and to warm yourself up. You basically just scribble a shape onto paper and then try to figure out a way to turn that scribble into a creature, a character or whatever. 

Yeah, or xenomorph sea striders with flying facehugger nymphs

Man, he should really join... Even though there’s some speculation about life on gas giants, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a full project on it, would be amazing to finally get a project like that
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. So do Auroran organisms eat 'plants' or are they all technically carnivores?
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Well the idea of the blossoms becoming more plant-like organisms is a rather new one so nothing’s set in stone yet... Auroran herbivores would probably not eat those kinds of plant-like animals but rather go for the real plants (some still have animal-like characteristics but that’s a whole different story). I could imagine there being some sort of "carnivorous herbivores", that feed on the plant-like animals.
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! Aurora has really developed and I can't wait to see more of it!
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Thank you!
Yes, I have been developing it quite a lot recently, working towards turning it into a book
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! I hope you finish the book cos I would buy that in an instant! :D
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Thanks! I’m glad to hear that :)
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Np. :D
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