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Life of Seiek by Transapient Life of Seiek by Transapient
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?
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Amazing Designs and Creatures !  Wow! 
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Lycanamu Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student General Artist
The Attei is an absolutely wonderfully mindfuckingly interesting turn of evolution here~
Loving how easy it is to still tell that those are sauropod teeth but how pretty much everything else has dramatically evolved into different shapes and such. Your speclulative evolution animals are reaaaaallly entertaining, I like them. <3
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Predatorian177 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
raka and icrall look like their on steroids!
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ImmaCatastrophe Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seiek looks amazing! I wish there was a "like" button for deviations ;)
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KarnivoreKiller Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are brilliant!
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NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
I have always loved pangolin creatures, and the izor is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
"Greetings, fellow mammaloids!" Why excuse ME but I am highly  offended  ;) for I am a true mammal nay, a true therian not be confused with a cynodont or a gorganosid or a lousy echidna !
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evanesces Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
very very nice
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013

Thank you.  (smile)

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cybershot Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Very good!!!
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013

Thank you.  (smile)

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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am still wondering about this Indonesian aquatic sauropod. Personally, I'm wondering whether they could in fact evolve such extreme adaptations. What environmental pressures caused this?
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013

Just for the record, the design of the marisaurs (the aquatic sauropods) has been updated.  They are more streamlined and have more sea turtle-like flippers.  I imagined them beginning to branch off from the rest of the sauropods of Africa sometime in the Eocene, when much of northern Africa was quite swampy.  At first, they could have filled a similar niche as hippos.  As the climate became dryer, they could have started foraging along coasts, shrinking in size to go on less food, until eventually becoming totally aquatic.

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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The hippo-sauropod idea of course is very plausible, and sounds a bit like the Mokeles of SpecWorld :), but then this is on another planet right? Guess that there, there could be more avenues and niches for the dinosaurs to evolve.
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013

Indeed, even if their new home is engineered to resemble Earth, it will no doubt still have differences.

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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guess so....so then there would be a vacancy in the aquatic herbivore niche right? Then the sauropods could colonize that and keep on evolving I suppose.
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013

Indeed; when it comes to speculation on what might have been, some things may be more likely than others, but one can never be too sure.  (philosophical look)

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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I guess certain things are indeed unlikely, but maybe that's what makes speculation all the more fun, isn't it? now I never would have guessed earlier that your mandrakes were actually dinosauroids!
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013

Indeed!  (smile)

Wait a minute, you didn't think my Mandrakes were sophont dinosaurs?  What did you think they were?

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KitWhitham Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Awesome creatures!
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013

Thank you.  (smile)

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Angela239 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I.LOVE.THIS!

Ickrall and Izor are my favorites! :heart:
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013

Good!  Thank you.  (smile)

 

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gavingavin123 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Daaaang! You would be perfect to redraw Dougal Dixons New Dinosaurs.
Great Work!!!!
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013

Why thank you!  (smile)  That is a great book, and a few groups I have in mind are directly inspired by those creatures.

 

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CosmicGrounds Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Writer
Will there be any equivalence to a humans in the future? You know, like a civilization?
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013

There is a dino-civilization!  XD  They are called Mandrakes, and they can be found in my gallery.

 

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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm confused. You say these are creatures descended from Terran animals on a fictional planet, yet in their description you make it sound like they all inhabit Earth?
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013

Yes, they are descended from Earth creatures.  The world they inhabit now is not a planet, strictly speaking.  They live on an artificial world made to simulate the original habitat.  They were only transplanted like this because the KT extinction, in my storyline, was not seen as a natural event, and so it disturbed the evolutionary continuity of Earth.  They were placed on an engineered version of Earth so their evolution would be "back on schedule."

 

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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that makes sense. I just didn't get that the new planet they live on is artificial. Very interesting!
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013   General Artist
Are these fanart?
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013

No, at least, they're not meant to be.  Why, do they resemble something from somewhere?

 

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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   General Artist
No i just wasn't sure. 
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013

Some of the creatures I have in mind are a direct homage to, or inspired by other speculative dinosaurs.

 

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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   General Artist
Oh.
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Arctic-Summer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so cool!
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Transapient Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

Thanks.  (smile)

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MrCreator3000 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Seiek's looking great, to answer your question simply.
Just to ask, the stegotheres, are they pretty much Seiek's larhest mammals, or are there any mammals larger than them?
And are the sael derived condylarths or something else? Either way they all look great :)
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Transapient Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

Thank you.  (smile)

Yep, the stegotheres are the largest LAND mammals... (wink)

I'm actually not too sure about those saels.  I think the stegotheres are actually derived from condylarths, but since both modern groups originated in South America, it may be possible they share a common ancestry.  The saels are much more rodent-like, so they may also represent an alternate evolution in the cavy rodents.

 

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MrCreator3000 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Ah right. I don't know why but I had the Stegotheres down as descended from cimolesta because its said they're descended from insectivores (for some reason I think of cimolestids as insectivores) . Around how big are the largest Stegotheres and also how big do saels get?
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Transapient Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

Ah, I see.  Well, the largest stegotheres can be around 15 feet at the to of their dorsal scales.  Saels are usually about the size of a rabbit, though there are some much smaller kinds, and the largest species may be as large as a medium-sized goat.

 

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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
I honestly said "holy crap" out loud when I saw this picture. I then proceeded to star at it for about fifteen minutes... I think it's safe to say that I was amazed by it.

I've actually got some designs for similar dinosaurs too but mine are all bio-engineered.
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Transapient Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

I spent awhile staring at it myself.  When I first started, I wasn't exactly planning on it turning out like this, but it was a pleasant surprise.

 

Bio-engineered dinosaurs?  Well, I know that'll be awesome!  (smile)

 

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MistaSilentKiller Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow That's amazing, well done on it man. :wow:

I really like the Izor, Guth, Sael, Carro and Ickrall. They're the best between all of them :)
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Transapient Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

Thanks, interesting to see different people's favorites.  (smile)  I noticed your faves include all three mammals.

 

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MistaSilentKiller Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its funny that the "Carro" resembles an Avian, but its actually a Mammal. :XD:
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Transapient Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

I know, adorable aren't they?

 

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MistaSilentKiller Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup :D

But why do they have a beak?
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Transapient Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

They are a type of platypus.

 

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MistaSilentKiller Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see, so they lay eggs too? 
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