large quadrupeds

So about those space orcs...

I’ve seen a lot of posts about humans pack-bonding with frankly everything, no matter how big, scary, threatening, lethal or oozy.

But you know what I haven’t seen?

Humans entrusting their young to their pack-bonded friends. Because that’s a thing we do. We entrust our children to our friends. We entrust our children to our dogs. We befriend the biggest, meanest, scariest shit, and then we dump our defenseless, hasn’t-even-got-a-fully-fused-skull-yet offspring on them. Half for shits-and-giggles, half because it’s cute, mostly because children are exhausting and we need a nanny.

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@kaysofourlives replied to your post “(( slept on this an came up with a bit different anatomy i like a lot…”

((pEETS))

(( yes!! peets! but only on the back feet

their hands are a lot more like ours (as opposed to cats and dogs, where the toes are kinda bunched up and the peets serve as padding) so they’ve got raccoon/meerkat hands. in my mind they’re largely quadrupeds but can stand on their hind legs, like cats and meerkats do. probably more like meerkats tbh. i like meerkats.

theload  asked:

For me personally I always like to make Bigfoot and the like descendants from the more ape-like human ancestors rather than Gigantopithecus. Because in my experience learning about primates and evolution, I feel it's easier for a small biped to become large than it is for a large quadruped to become a biped. There's nothing really about Giganto to suggest it would benefit from becoming a biped, but there's a lot of benefit in getting big.

That makes sense.  I made mine orangutan relatives because orangutans are really weird looking and it felt fun to play with that.

tentativethalamus  asked:

Serious Question: do you think any Earth wildlife gave the gems a difficult time during the war? I mean, not even counting Rose's botanokinesis, I would doubt that a few Rubies could handle an angered Grizzly Bear or Hippo if they did not know what it was. (Okay to post.)

Honestly, I think all manner of Earth wildlife is something the Gems had to be careful with.

Here’s something I think about a lot: when Lapis in The Return states that Steven is human, Jasper fires back a rather irritated-sounding “I know what a human is.”

This stuck out to me, because a lot of people seem to take the Gems’ willingness to endanger humanity and Earth’s wildlife as disdain. But I don’t quite read it that way.

Jasper in particular voicing that line- she’s a soldier. She was born during the war. She didn’t have time while she was on Earth to learn anything that wasn’t pretty essential for her survival- but she sounds almost incredulous that Lapis would assume she doesn’t know what a human is.

Pearl talks about fighting alongside humans and a cultural exchange during the war.

Rose’s fondness for lions isn’t only hers, either- large, feliform-looking quadrupeds are depicted on a pillar in the Sea Spire. 

This is kind of two points in one:

  • Humans in particular were not passive during the war. They were active participants, to the point that Jasper’s reaction to humans is to consider them at least a threat worth considering. She also wasn’t surprised to see Connie with Steven in Gem Hunt, even though Connie was obviously carrying Rose’s sword.
  • It seems like the Gems were if nothing else interested in Earth’s life before the war- at least at the time of the construction of the Sea Spire, that they wanted to memorialize these animals in their own architecture. 

So Gems had an interest and attentiveness of Earth’s wildlife, and I would guess because of this that they would absolutely be invested in identifying what’s dangerous, and staying wary around it.

Does that mean no unfortunate wartime quartz met her downfall at the hands of a moose? No, but it does mean that at least a fair number of Gems saw one coming and went “okay let’s just back up very carefully- run for the warp. Just go.”

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Playing with extreme evolution within a specie. Despite the vastly dimorphic differences these two creatures are related and share an ancestor.
“Tree skippers are incredibly agile, arboreal hexapods that live in large communal families.
The other is a large quadruped, sifting the atmosphere for microscopic goodies.
Housed within both of their cranial pincers are it’s two large "clappers.” These flat boney structures are used for communication. Quickly tapping them against one another they create a language similar to that of morse code. Their mandibles are housed beneath the clappers and are serrated.“