anonymous asked:

Ok, so, if you had to pick animals that represented each dai companion, which ones do you think would be best? I saw that mod Sarah had a zoology interest and was a bit intrigued.


Cassandra: Perhaps a cat (any member of the family Felidae, though specifically for Cassandra, Felis catus, AKA the domestic house cat). Cats come in many personalities, just like humans and many other living creatures (not limited to vertebrates, consider cephalopoda). People, however, often associate them with being graceful and powerful hunters, but with also being somewhat standoffish– which is not a trait that is granted to all cats, as any cat owner would know. Most cats are loving and intelligent, too, which makes me think cats (mostly domestic cats, but if any of you are thinking of a black panther, which is just a melanistic member of any of the Panthera species) then go for it.

Iron Bull: A tough one. The bull (defined as any uncastrated males of the species Bos taurus), is the obvious choice– but with now much Bull likes dragons (while unfortunately not a real creature, because they can’t have a spare set of limbs to make wings-reptiles are part of the supergroup tetrapoda, have only four limbs; to have wings, the front limbs must be wings or or they don’t have any at all. In that regard, Skyrim dragons are the more anatomically correct dragons if they were to exist but WHATEVER this is a fantasy universe) a drake is also a very possible choice for Bull.

Blackwall: A bear would be the obvious choice, perhaps Ursus americanus, the American black bear, which is the most wide-spread of bear species and often the ones that wander into human settlements looking for food.

Sera: While many of you think of the a honey bee, any bee that is a species under the genus Apis, I don’t believe this suits Sera. Perhaps a raven, or another member of the genus Corvus. The reason for this is that members of the genus Corvus (which contains such species as ravens, crows, rooks, and jackdaws) are highly intelligent– and known to be ballsy as fuck. They can be taught human speech, and are known to even play tricks on each other for shits and giggles. They are the pranksters of the bird world, and I feel this would fit Sera excellently. 

Cole: A mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus. Bear with me on this; while all members of the order Octopoda, which are cephalopods, a subgroup of molluscs, are highly intelligent and capable of fantastic camouflage through the use of iridophores and chromatophores (to put it simply, they’re specialized dermal cells that contain pigment to rapidly change color), a mimic octopus is perhaps the best of all at camouflage. A mimic octopus is capable of changing its skin texture and shape to copy other species to blend in– sometimes called ninjas of the sea. Watch this TED Talk for further information: https://www.ted.com/talks/david_gallo_shows_underwater_astonishments 

ANYWAYS, GETTING OVER HOW RAD I THINK CEPHALOPODS ARE, Cole was a spirit who took the form of the mage Cole, in the White Spire. We have no idea what he looked like before then– as Dorian describes most spirits, they look “bizarre (and) monstrous” in their true forms. If a spirit is capable of such mimicry and such intelligence, I can think of no better animal to represent Cole than a mimic octopus.

Varric: A parrot. Parrots are highly intelligent and known for their speech capabilities, along with being v. pretty. There are MANY different members of the order Psittaciformes, which encompass all parrots. It is a very large clade composed of 393 species to date, but I I think Varric could best be represented by an African Gray Parrot, specifically the Congo African grey parrot, an Old World parrot of the species Psittacus erithacus. These birds are SUPER COOL because they’re among the best at mimicking human speech; one in particular in Japan was returned to his family after repeating the address of his home. They’re also known for hearing things in their surroundings and then repeatedly saying it, much to the ire of the humans they live with.

Dorian: This one is easy; a peacock, which comes in three species, though all are members of the family  Phasianidae, which is shared by pheasants, partridges, junglefowl, chickens, Old World quail, and peafowl. These are popular gamebirds, often poor at flying but PRETTY AS FUCK. For Dorian, I think I’ll go with the Indian peafowl, Pavo cristatus– notice the familiar ‘Pav’ in the name, anyone?

Solas: An ostrich A gray wolf, Canis lupus. No further explanation needed.

Vivienne: An orca, Orcinus orca. Orcas are among the most intelligent animals on Earth, known for being beautiful as well as the apex predators of the sea (being cosmopolitan species, like humans, they are found in a variety of environments, across multiple habitats. 

Josephine: A dove, any member of the family Columbidae, which encompasses 310 species. (Fun fact! Members of Columbidae are the only birds that don’t have to lift their necks up to swallow water. All birds except for them have to pull it into the mouths and pull their necks up to swallow). Doves are seen as an international symbol for peace and love, suitable for an ambassador. For her, I think I’ll go with the diamond dove, Geopelia cuneata.

Leliana: Like Sera, I think she would also fit as a raven, but for the sake of being a nerd and introducing another sort of animal, the next runner-up is the ferret, Mustela putorius furo. Ferrets were domesticated for their ability to ferret– that is, to hunt and catch prey, specifically rodents, which often reside in narrow holes and tunnels that humans can’t reach. Being an excellent spy, well, I feel this should explain itself.

Cullen: An African lion, Panthera leo. If anyone has seen his helmet, it should be sufficient explanation, but they are also famed by their beautiful, voluminous manes– just like Cullen!

The moral of this story is: don’t ask me about animals unless you are prepared for the info-dump, because I love the kingdom Animalia so much (I got OVER 100% in a college-level Zoology course, I could regale you for HOURS on Animalia, ranging from Porifera (sea sponges), the basal clade and taxa of Animalia, all the way to Mammalia. I meant to do chores an hour ago but got carried away. Thank you, and enjoy my fangirling.

–Mod Sarah

The Red Junglefowl are the wild ancestors of today’s domesticated chickens. After the summer molt, the vibrant males develop an ‘eclipse plumage’ replacing the golden neck feathers with dull black while also losing the long tail feathers and decreasing the saturation and size of their combs. The male fowl prefer to get to know females before mating. 🐓



A lyrebird is either of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds that compose the genus Menura, and the family Menuridae. They are most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment, and the striking beauty of the male bird’s huge tail when it is fanned out in courtship display. Lyrebirds have unique plumes of neutral-colored tail feathers and are among Australia’s best-known native birds. 

The lyrebird is so called because the male bird has a spectacular tail, consisting of 16 highly modified feathers, which was originally thought to resemble a lyre. This happened when a superb lyrebird specimen (which had been taken from Australia to England during the early 19th century) was prepared for display at the British Museum by a taxidermist who had never seen a live lyrebird. The taxidermist mistakenly thought that the tail would resemble a lyre, and that the tail would be held in a similar way to that of a peacock during courtship display, and so he arranged the feathers in this way. Later, John Gould (who had also never seen a live lyrebird), painted the lyrebird from the British Museum specimen.Although very beautiful, the male lyrebird’s tail is not held as in John Gould’s painting. Instead, the male lyrebird’s tail is fanned over the lyrebird during courtship display, with the tail completely covering his head and back

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So a new book is out,

From what I can tell/guess… The remakes are:
コモドドラゴン / Komodo dragon, ニシツノメドリ / Atlantic puffin, ヒクイドリ /  Southern cassowary, オオミチバシリ / Greater roadrunner,  ダチョウ / Common ostrich, セキショクヤケイ / Red junglefowl and アカミミガメ /  Pond slider.

The new designs are…

シマエナガ / Long-tailed tit,ヤブツカツクリ / Australian brushturkey and  エトピリカ / Tufted puffin.

My F/O List!

* Roronoa Zoro, Smoker, Trafalger Law, Ichiji Vinsmoke, Dogtooth Charlotte (One Piece)

* Ragna the Bloodedge, Hazama/Yuuki Terumi (Blazblue)

* Starjun (Toriko)

* Willard H. Wright (Umineko)

* Prussia, Turkey, China, Denmark, Norway (Axis Power Hetalia)

* Rem Kaginuki, Mage Nanashiro (Dance with Devils)

* ”Speed-O’-Sound” Sonic (One Punch Man)

* Kinshiro Kusatu (Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!)

* Greed, Envy (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)

* Coyote Starrk, Shusui Kyouraku, Shuhei Hisagi, Avirama Redder, Ggio Vega, Bazz-B, Grimmjow Jeagerjaquez (Bleach)

* Leorio Paradinight, Chrollo Lucilfer, Phinks (Hunter X Hunter)

* Space Dandy (Space Dandy)

* Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho)

* Claire Stanfield (Baccano!)

* Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (Tiger and Bunny)

* Agni, Soma Asman Kadar, Joker (Black Butler)

* Piccolo, Cell (Dragon Ball Z)

* Takeshi “Mori” Morinozuka (Ouran Highschool Host Club)

* Ferid Bathory,Crowley Eusford (Seraph of the End)

* Kakashi Hatake, Pein/Nagato, Tobirama Senju (Naruto)

* Vongola Primo (Giotto) (Katekyo Hitman Reborn)

* ShingancrimsonZ (Show By Rock!!)

* Ban (The Seven Deadly Sins)

* Gintoki Sakata, Hijikata Toushirou (Gintama)

* Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist)

* Shizuo Heiwajima, Izaya Orihara(Durarara!)

* Yusei Fuudo (Yugioh 5ds)

* Tyki Mikk (D. Grey-Man)

* Judar, Ren Kouen, Muu Alexius (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic)

* Nicolas Brown (Gangsta!)

* Tsumugu Kinagase (Kill la Kill)

* Tohru Adachi (Persona 4)

* Ryu Susakura (Bartender)

* Zapp Renfro (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

* Mary Gowland, Boris Airay, Nightmare Gottschalk, Joker (Alice in the Land of Heart)

* Ginko (Mushishi)

* Mikoto “Mikorin” Mikoshiba (Live Monthly Girl’s Nozaki kun)

* Decim (Death Parade)

* Shogo Makishima, Shinya Kogami (Psycho Pass)

* Arataka Reigen (Mob Psycho 100)

* Yoshiharu Hisomu (Kiznaiver)

* Kokkuri, Shigaraki (Gugure! Kokkuri-San)

* Most of the cast (Touken Ranbu)

* Most of the cast (Ensemble Stars)

* Most of the male cast (Fire Emblem Awakening)

* Most of the male cast (Fire Emblem Fates)

* Human! Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls)

* Most of the cast (Fate/Grand Order)

* Hoozuki (Hoozuki no Reitetsu)

* J.Ace (Wonderland Au)

* Phillip (Tale of the Seas)

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deadbison  asked:

Do we have a fossil history of chickens?

The best part about chickens is that WE DON’T NEED ONE!

Let me introduce you to the red junglefowl.

“OH, YOU’RE A FUNNY ONE,” you might say. “PLEASE. THOSE ARE JUST THE BORING, REGULAR KIND OF CHICKENS, YOU JOKESTER” And you’d be so wrong! But also right, I guess? Anyway.

Modern chickens - subspecies Gallus gallus domesticus to the red’s Gallus gallus - are known to have been domesticated from the red junglefowl ~3000BP (before present), but the actual start of it probably began earlier (and possibly involved some hybridization shenanigans with the grey junglefowl - scandalous). The red junglefowl’s range is in Southeast Asia, and based off of DNA sequencing of fossil chicken bones from a multitude of human settlements around the world, there were likely several Asian domestication centers that slowly brought chickens around the world.

To go a bit further back, though, junglefowl are in the family Phasianidae (which I think is Latin for “good for shooting at I guess” - aka pheasants, partridges, peafowl, etc), a clade whose earliest fossil traces (Palaeortyx sp.date from the Late Oligocene (~25MYA). The first fossil attributed to the Galliformes - “wildfowl” - order (Austinornis lentus) was from the Late Cretaceous(~70MYA). And, of course, the earliest birds evolved ~150MYA ago in the Late Jurassic.

I could keep going on this wondrous journey through time, but easiest is to leave it at everything else, as they say, is 4.1 billion years of very complicated history.


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Have you ever thought that a chicken could be beautiful? The domestic chicken is thought to have been domesticated from birds of the Gallus genus, the Junglefowl. Many species of Junglefowl were domesticated, bred, and hybridized throughout Asia, then spreading across the world to become an integral part of farms, families, and diets in so many cultures! This particular subspecies of Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus murghi) is found in India and Bangladesh, and the incredible colors of its feathers shouldn’t be overlooked simply because of how familiar most of us are with its domestic cousin.

Photo credit: Ash Boudrie

Notes on Talonok Society

Talonok lineage is matrilineal. There are usually no family names, although descriptive monikers can sometimes be earned through battle or other notoriety. (For example, Freen Peaceweaver, a Corven in the Blacktalon tribe, was given her name after completing a tapestry celebrating the alliance between the Blacktalon and another Talonok tribe. Before the advent of the Beastclan alliance, tribal conflicts were frequent. For more on the importance of textiles in Talonok society, see here.)

Leadership of Talonok tribes tends to be female, but there have been a few important male chieftains, and dual chiefs aren’t unheard of. Corven do not typically become chief, (the chief of the tribe is typically the most skilled warrior, and Corven rarely if ever participate in fighting) but Corven are often advisers and can join the council of elders. The chief discusses all important matters with the council, and typically doesn’t act without their approval. The shaman, the leader of spiritual practice, is a position always held by a Corven (magic does not come easily to Raptorik), and it is a position that garners almost equal respect as the chief. Raptorik are very superstitious and rely heavily on their Corven brethren for counsel in spiritual and magical matters, for practical trades, and for pursuits like writing and math. Neither species tends to begrudge the other for their skills. Corven respect Raptorik bravery and cunning, and Raptorik respect Corven intelligence and spirituality. They have, over time, become two halves of one whole. (Individual deviation from the norm, like a scholarly Raptorik or violent Corven, happens, but is not the cultural expectation.) There are typically twice as many Raptorik as Corven in any given tribe, but can be less or more than that. 

(holy shit this got long. disclaimer: all headcanon. I used every fact in the Talonok encyclopedia article, but expanded on it and threw in some other random anthropological filler, lol)

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