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The Lepti Challenge continues!

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Since 2007, I have been on a quest to encourage artists to draw a certain extinct prehistoric mammal-- The leptictidium!

But not just any leptictidium, but an anthro lepti!

Since then, particularly in the last year, I've gotten a few artists to draw anthro leptis, notably
CyberCornEntropic
CyberCornEntropic
,
XianJaguar
XianJaguar
and AcidaPluvia .

And 2011, even after moving from FurAffinity to Inkbunny (with the official okiedokie from
XianJaguar
XianJaguar
to upload the two lepti pics she did for me the last thing I needed done on FA, so now I can close up things there), I shall continue my challenge to any and all artists (who bother to notice me) to draw anthro leptictidiums, and keep this wonderous and beautiful species from being forgotten in favour of smilodons, mastadons and mammoths.

So.... Wanna draw a lepti? :D

d.m.f.
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tkitcs
7 years, 7 months ago
Interesting. I'd never even heard of that before.
dmfalk
7 years, 7 months ago
Most first heard of them from the BBC/Discovery Channel program "Walking With Beasts" (2001), but in actuality, we know more about the leptictidium than most other species from the Eocine, or from most post-dinosaur prehistoric eras, even though they had lived for 10-15 million years, between 40-30 million years ago, with no apparent living descendants.

Wiki entry on the leptictidium.

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 7 months ago
"With no apparent living descendants."

That's the saddest part there, methinks. :( So many interesting mammals have vanished, from leptictidiums to chalicotheres, yet they're all passed over in favor of non-bird dinosaurs. :(


On another note, I should get see about getting back to that picture with Tiblof, the tonnu of Air.  The concept is worked out, but the drawing needs to be worked on. :/
dmfalk
7 years, 7 months ago
Yeah, even with two surviving solenodon species (Cuban and Hispaniolan), and elephant shrews, and of course the similarities between all three with the leptictidium (which despite its naming, is not related to leptictids- weasels), the poor lepti doesn't seem to have any living descendants. :( (There was speculation that bats may be, but I don't think that's taken seriously.)

And yes, so many favour the dino species and certain large fauna (ignoring the fact that there was a time of neither dino nor mammal dominating the Earth, after the great extinction-- Leptis lived in an era when birds were the dominant family of species), that few recognise the beauty that some of our early mammalian relatives did have. I don't want the lepti forgotten! :)

And I look forward to the next tonnu pic, and the others sure to follow, to fill out all elements. :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 7 months ago
Actually, it seems that bats were around before the leptictidium, and are of a different family, so no such luck there, either. :( Too bad since bats account for over a fifth of all present mammal species.

I've been trying to figure out how to get leptitictidium into my Winterfur world, but haven't succeeded so far.  I may have to go with an idea of creating another world where the rules aren't the same as Winterfur's, sort of a whatever I feel like it world.  Amazon Lepti Warriors, film at 11!  Panties confuse them. :o

I have vague ideas but no names for the other three tonnui.  Water is female, Earth is male (and shouldn't be confused with the Earth Mother which is more like an anthropomorphic manifestation of their world, not unlike Gaea was to the Greeks), and Spirit is neither and both.  At least I've got an idea for Spirit's look.
dmfalk
7 years, 7 months ago
Well, I could suggest having the leptis survive the same way the solenodons have-- Barely! :) I mean, the solenodon family is even older than the leptis (70 million years- They actually date back to the days of the dinos!), and yet they're still here.

Got some good ideas so far, looking forward to them. :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 7 months ago
"They were frozen into suspended animation when an Ice Age suddenly took them by surprise."
"...There weren't any Ice Ages during that time period."
"That's what took them by surprise."
dmfalk
7 years, 7 months ago
LOL! :D

d.m.f.
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