entelodonts

Daeodon, from the late Oligocene and early Miocene of North America (~29-19 mya). About 1.8m tall at the shoulders (6′), it was one of the last and largest of the entelodonts, a group of omnivorous even-toed ungulates with long bone-crushing jaws.

Although often called “hell pigs” or “terminator pigs”, entelodonts weren’t actually pigs at all – instead they were much more closely related to hippos, whales, and Andrewsarchus.

Entelodonts are usually portrayed as pretty fierce and violent, but I’m sure they had some tender moments as well. (I love doing research for my drawings but I found no info about how Entelodonts care for offspring. Since they’re so closely related to hippos, which are pretty doting mothers, I’d like to think Entelodonts are similar). 

anonymous asked:

Pallanophs and Aquis are by far your most famous creatures, but do you have any others?

I have others, but none are even remotely as well developed as pallanophs or Aequis. (Links included for viewing pleasure.)

Cirthans: very large carnivores sharing the pallanoph headworld, they resemble a mashup of hyena, bear, and entelodont with perhaps a dash of thylacine. Woefully absent, but I really don’t have time to work on them at this moment.

Ynderrogs: Generic fantasy horned ungulate. These need a pretty heavy overhaul, as they also share the pallanoph headworld. Decently intelligent as far as ungulates go, generally distrustful, humans have attempted to domesticate them now and again.

Doluns: A caprine-like creature, but dialed up to 11? Also, toes. They also share the pallanoph headworld. Their appearance is a bit more set, but I need to develop them more. What else is new?

Kinda-Sorta Gryphons: Nemesis species for the Aequis on their homeworld. Ambush predators, tree dwellers, not fully capable of sustained powered flight. Otherwise utterly terrifying. NEED TO PUSH THIS CONCEPT. (But where?) A real species name wouldn’t hurt, either. 

Twitch the Featherbeast: Not really a species, but a fun mashup exercise that resulted in this super cute buddy. He doesn’t have a home, and that depresses me intensely. His influence seems to be bleeding over into Aequis Homeworld “Gryphons” though…

I… think that covers it?

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Doodle dump! It’s been awhile since I’ve made one of these.

(Row 1, left) For Inktober, I’ve been doing a little project called Daily Dino & Prehistoric Pals, which you can find on my art blog at @avigorito-art. I naturally decided to be a dork and make some Cenozoic GUG, with Ganon as an Entelodont, Link as a dire wolf, and Nabooru as a Smilodon.
(Row 1, right) Some Nabgsan and Midlink furries. I just wanted an excuse to draw Midna as a panther, I’m sorry.
(Row 2, left) Zelda dress design. I plan to explore her design more, but the sketch turned out decent.
(Row 2, middle) some Ghirahim
(Row 2. right) Although it doesn’t happen in the story, Roy and I are super open to the concept of Link and Vridi as a ship.
(Row 3) Nabsgan nose smooshin’
(Row 4) Since they’re all bratty kids right now in the comic (Vridi is an exception though), I just wanted to draw them chummin’ around.
(Row 5) GUG!Ganon hanging with @leafyns’ Ganon!

-Mod Junior

Another NHMLA specimen: Entelodont archaeotherium. 

Entelodonts, sometimes facetiously termed hell pigs or terminator pigs are an extinct family of pig-like omnivores endemic to forests and plains of North America, Europe, and Asia from the late Eocene to early Miocene epochs.

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Entelodonts.
Also known as “hell-pigs”, though they were related more closely to hippos and whales than to pigs, Entelodonts were huge pig-like animals that lived during the Eocene-Miocene and appeared to have been one of the largest and most formidable land predators and/or scavengers alive at the time. They were omnivores, mostly, but judging by the massive design of their jaws it’s fairly obvious that they would have tackled large prey as well as plant matter. It is thought that they would have preyed on animals as large as Eporeodon, which grew to the size of a cow. And apparently some Entelodonts, such as Archaeotherium, have been discovered to have hoarded or cached their food- with the discovery of a cache of several early camels. They were so successful that they existed on this planet for approximately 21 million years.

The largest was horse-sized Daeodon, which could have weighed up to 930lbs and stood at around 6.9 feet tall.

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