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Neocene - Marsupial Hyena by Pristichampsus Neocene - Marsupial Hyena by Pristichampsus
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Concept and design copyright Timothy Donald Morris, do not use without permission. Permission is granted for Pavel Volkov to use and upload the Neocene Illustrations to his Neocene Project site.
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caspion161 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
hey there should be a thing about 80 million years just because its so random 
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caspion161 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2015
cool is it a future quoll?
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I think it's likely that Opossums could develop more primate like-forms as well.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Primate-like in body, perhaps, but not in intelligence, marsupials have very small brains compared to placentals.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Edited Dec 20, 2014
Brain size does not necessarily mean intelligence, otherwise sparrows would be sapient, reptiles would be extremely dumb, and whales and elephants would lack brainpower.

Neocortex size doesn't matter, what matters is what goes on in there.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
The brain structure of marsupials is very primitive and as a result they are relatively unintelligent, brain size compared to body-size is a decent indicator of intelligence, but it's not the only variable, brain structure is important too. I would honestly say that marsupials would need a long time to become as advanced in brain structure as primates.
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caspion161 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
a long time like 25 or 50 million years ago still nature can make you change your mind so don't underrate evolution and i think 25 million years is about enough 
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acepredator Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Please stop with the myth of the superior placentals. 
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Excuse me? Don't accuse me of that, thank you very much. It is common knowledge that marsupial brains are structured differently than those of placentals, partly because they diverged earlier, but this difference in structure has a lot to do with why they are less intelligent than placentals. I am NOT perpetuating a myth, this particular fact is true. Marsupials are better at lots of things than placentals, the Thylacoleo was the most specialized predatory mammal arguably ever (the teeth), kangaroos are more energy-efficient over a long distance in endurance and simply that bounding is better than galloping, kangaroos compete successfully with wild goats, etc etc etc. It doesn't mean I'm perpetuating a myth if I'm pointing out a fact of anatomy, ask someone who actually knows about marsupial anatomy and they'll tell you.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
I agree they have different brain structures but I don't think this necessarily shows intelligence or lack thereof.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, the structure of the brain is pretty much exactly what determines how intelligent something is, if I'm not mistaken.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
A smaller brain is the result of lower gestation periods. Maybe if Marsupials evolved to have longer pregnancies, then it would give their brains more time to develop.

Would you mind sketching my idea by the way? A little creature that is a co-creation between us shouldn't hurt. ;)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, no, not really. The baby marsupial is born as an embryo, essentially, it would need longer pouch care, not gestation. Also, marsupials are far more primitive mammals, that's far more likely to be the reason.

Thanks for asking, but there are already lots of primate-marsupial portrayals, the Neocene has the marsupial lemur, and Dougal Dixon's "After Man" had the marsupial monkey, anything evolved from an opossum would be basically identical to such things. If you have any other idea you want me to illustrate, tell me.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
A longer gestation will allow the organism to be born less embryonic and thus a faster metabolism to feed brain-power. If this keeps up as an evolutionary trend, certain Marsupials will cease to be Marsupials.

Just imagine if Opossums evolved into more-humanoid forms in the far future! We'd get a Metatherian humanoid.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
How on earth does a longer gestation mean faster metabolism???
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
But It will allow more time for a more advanced placental-style brain and other bodily functions.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
But it won't gaurantee it. Kangaroos have a more advanced brain than other marsupials, and they are still marsupials, they might have a higher metabolism though.

I'm sorry, I think a humanoid marsupial is a terrible idea, anyhow, I already drew one for The Speculative Dinosaur Project, except it doesnt have a large brain. The only way that humanoid beings will appear again is if they are either descended from apes, or humans. A marsupial primate would most likely look vaguely like a koala, the size of a gorilla, with 2 thumbs (which koalas have btw).
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Groovy!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
yeah, cool huh?
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Mmm hmmm. I like both possums and hyenas.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Good stuff :D
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AlexSone Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you colorize your pictures?
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
I was posting these first for Paul to tell me which ones need more work, and which ones I can go ahead and color.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
What's this descended from? I'm doubtful that Devils will make it.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's descended from the opossum, it lives in mexico.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Cool!

I also think it's possible that Oppossums may also evolve into humanoid forms.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
hmm
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