Greetings, fellow mammaloids! … Did I just make that word up? XD Anyway, these here are all creatures from the Mandrake homeworld of Seiek. No, they are not technically aliens because their ancestors were transplanted from Earth, 65 million years ago, to what the Mandrakes now call “Seiek.”
Hope it’s enjoyable. Now then, starting from the top, left to right…
Izor: The Stegotheres are a group of large, herbivorous mammals descended from primitive insectivores on the South American continent. They fared well as the North American land bridge formed, and have spread to much of southern and central North America, protected by their fused-haired scales and sharp quills. The species shown is an Izor, one of the largest members still residing in South America.
Haroom: Also originally from South America, the Ambulocollids represent the biggest land animals throughout North America, and Eurasia. These sauropod dinosaurs are unique among their lineage in that they have adapted to colder climates by growing a thick layer of fat and downy fur. This “fur” is derived from the downy fuzz that covered hatchings for the first few months. A mutation allowed them to retain this coat into adulthood, and so they have spread across the Northern lands. Their fur is often alive with parasitic and symbiotic lifeforms, forming a complete ecosystem on themselves. Their lips have also developed into trunks. This species is a Haroom, a North American, twin-trunked species.
Guth: Across Europe, Asia, India, and North America, the group known as Neotherizinosaurs has thrived. These dinosaurs have evolved a totally upright stance, and the tail is consequentially reduced or absent. There are many types of claw arrangement for these creatures, suited for defense or gathering food. The Guth, a Chinese species uses its dexterous, elongated fingers and curved claws to handle bamboo, its main diet.
Sael: One of the most successful types of small to medium sized mammals on Seiek is the order Hippocavia. They have spread across the Americas, into most of Eurasia, aided by their swift reflexes and breeding habits. The species here is a typical, plain variety called a Sael. Native to the Amazon region, these creatures have been one of the Mandrakes most widely used, basic food unit since their prehistory.
Carro: Aquatic mammals are also common. The monotremes of Australia have made a niche for themselves as small hunters of fish in the Southern oceans. These are the Aquasalines, and they fill a similar role to penguins on Earth. Their common Mandrake name is “Carro”, and the species pictured is a typical example.
Raka: The dominant large predators of Africa are the descendants of ableitosaurs. These are the modern Frendosaurs. Their signature hunting technique involves ramming their prey with armored heads, crushing the quarry’s bones. Their atrophied arms serve as display organs, and males are also equipped with spurs to hold onto the female during mating. The species shown is the Raka, the largest frendosaur. This male is performing a dance to attract his mate.
Attei: Not all sauropods have remained big, like the haroom and its relatives. A group of sauropods in Africa became attached to water and have made the coastlines of the Indian Ocean their home. These are the Marisaurs, and they are the smallest sauropods of both Earth’s and Seiek’s natural timelines. They feed on any aquatic plants they can, as well as coral polyps and even shellfish occasionally. Although they stick close to shore most of the time, they seek out remote islands to breed. Marisaurs are able to store large amounts of salt in their bodies from their food and surrounding seawater, making their flesh too salty for most predators. The five-foot Attei is a typical Indonesian species.
Okorra: Pterosaurs have clung to a variety of niches on Seiek. Many species have become flightless under various circumstances. The islands of Hawaii are home to a diverse community of terrestrial pterosaurs. The Okorra is an omnivorous species with a characteristic dewlap found on the main island. The male shown here has chosen a patch of cooled lava flow as a stage to display his dewlap to potential mates.
Ickrall: The spinosaurs of Seiek represent only a few surviving species. These specialized hunters, now classified as Neospinosaurs, are found mostly in South America. There is one species, however, which has found its way to the swamps and wetlands of the Gulf coast of North America. The Ickrall is a medium sized neospinosaur, and hunts anything it can catch in the water. Like other members of the group, it is quadrupedal and its sail is capable of rapid color change. The Ickrall is distinguished by its elaborate head crests, which can also change color according to the creature’s mood.
So, how does Seiek look?