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Exquisite Evolution 2: Evolve Harder

Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
Here are three creatures:

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They must evolve to survive the harsh and ever changing conditions of their environment.

In time their descendants will branch off into different species, predators and prey, ones that swim, fly, burrow… but right now they share a shallow primordial pool.

You can tell me what you want to see them become next, or take it upon yourself to evolve one down your own path. Anyone can add a new feature, evolving your design further and further away from your intentions. Try to be incremental with your evolutions.

After a few pages I’ll make a big family tree, so we can look at where we started and what we end up with.

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    TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    Amongst the spiky population, mating preferences begin to favor ornamental spike traits. Maintenance of gaudy spike plumes is seen as evidence of strong fitness.

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    ElaroElaro Apologetic Registered User regular
    One decides to sacrifice homeostasis for speed.

    Children's rights are human rights.
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    TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    edited August 2021
    The population of blue creatures diverges into those who skip leg day and those who skip arm day.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited August 2021
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    Curiously, this species has a very distinct call:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emUJ7c8-5ZE


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    While primarily used for display, this behaviour certainly makes this resident of the pool difficult to eat.

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    The swimming species, finding itself in a very competitive environment, evolves the ability to launch venomous darts at predators as a deterrence mechanism.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Here we see our first clear divergence of interests among the blue creatures.

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    One favours sturdiness of legs. With this they maintain their footing regardless of the currents effecting their home.

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    The other have grown rudimentary feelers.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
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    The extra energy required to produce and fire venomous darts has causes the swimming residents to become predators themselves, subduing and devouring other swimming creatures.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    the triangles have evolved significantly less bits, resulting in pixelation

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    TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    The ostentatious spine displays, that had previously been purely ornamental, expand to serve as a useful defense against the onslaught of venomous darts. These defensive plumages are so effective that a population of the swimming creatures evolves a broad, shovel-like snout to effectively dislodge the spine creatures from the sea floor at the cost of swimming speed.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
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    This aquatic speedster has been slowed somewhat by the addition of a shovel-like snout, but it’s not polite to mention it.

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    This shrub like creature, now with a degree of muscular control over the spines it collects, isn’t taking any shit.

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    The blue morph with feelers, succumbing fully to hedonism, evolve textured patches that just feel nice to rub.

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    Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Pixelated spiny further evolves into a three dimensional, voxel based lifeform.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
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    Truly, this blue being will stand the test of time. They emerge from the primordial pool and head east, because they are too cool for the others.

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    milskimilski Poyo! Registered User regular
    Some of the large-footed blue things have begun to evolve their feet into wide, flat flippers. They have also grown whiskers to better sense danger in the shallow pools they swim in.

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    I ate an engineer
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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    Pixelated spiny further evolves into a three dimensional, voxel based lifeform.

    god damn it ok give me a minute

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    TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    A mutualist relationship emerges between the spiny creatures and the leggy blues, who wear the spiny creatures like a hat. The blues derive defense and the spinies benefit from the anchoring stability.

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    Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Its okay to ignore that one, I didn't think about how hard it'd be to draw

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited August 2021
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    Nature is as ever marvellous and unexpected. A select few of the bush-like beings transcend the material and begin their long migration into the Outside.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited August 2021
    Pixelated spiny further evolves into a three dimensional, voxel based lifeform.

    god damn it ok give me a minute

    nope can't do it easily, evolution rejected
    e: oh serpents found a good solution

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
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    While some biologists argue these remain separate entities, this certificate I downloaded off the internet says otherwise.

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    TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    Well, this biologist argues that they are separate organisms…


    … for now.

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    Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    edited August 2021
    The finned creature expands onto land in an unusual way, it's snout becoming a drill-like organ, allowing it to "swim" through the dirt.

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    The spiked organism, freed from having to devote calories to movement or finding food, evolves enormous intelligence and within a few generations fully subsumes the consciousness of the blue organisms.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
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    It what is the most dramatic evolutionary shake up so far, the drillers take centre stage during this epoch, as the apex ambush predator. Still, their distinctive call continues:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emUJ7c8-5ZE

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    TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    The voxel pyramids, exposed to strong winds, begin to smoothen out their stepped sides. Their bodies elongate slightly, and vertical rows of raised bumps emerge from their flanks.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    3cl1ps3 wrote: »
    The spiked organism, freed from having to devote calories to movement or finding food, evolves enormous intelligence and within a few generations fully subsumes the consciousness of the blue organisms.

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    You have done this, someone might say angrily, you have played a part in oppressing an entire population. Naturally, evolution does not care for morality.

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    A divergent evolution of the high speed, spined swimming form has opted to spec into tentacles for handling prey.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
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    Beautiful, this swimming being’s tail fins have become tentacles. With this trait, the simpler bush-like creatures are decimated.

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    The be-tentacled group rapidly splits into one with tentacles and one with octopus-like sucker arms

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    Oh no, I didn't mean to genocide the bush like creatures.
    Maybe we could evolve some kind of shame gland?

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    3cl1ps3 wrote: »
    The be-tentacled group rapidly splits into one with tentacles and one with octopus-like sucker arms
    see317 wrote: »
    Oh no, I didn't mean to genocide the bush like creatures.
    Maybe we could evolve some kind of shame gland?

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    ChallChall Registered User regular
    Can one of them evolve into Charizard?

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    ProlegomenaProlegomena Frictionless Spinning The VoidRegistered User regular
    you know what, I don't know what a voxel is

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited August 2021
    Chall wrote: »
    Can one of them evolve into Charizard?

    As previously stated, any time someone uses the word ‘evolution’ a ninja hired by the Pokémon Company is dispatched.

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    ChallChall Registered User regular
    But I was wearing this convincing fake mustache. How did you catch me so quickly?

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    PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Yeah ZestRegistered User regular
    Our blue arm day friends have evolved retractable eye stalks, for some reason.

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    Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    edited August 2021
    you know what, I don't know what a voxel is

    It's like a pixel, but in three dimensions (it has "volume" so it's a voxel.)

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited August 2021
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    Perhaps a mating ornament, or as a deterrent to parasites, these blue flipper creatures have further distanced themselves from the working class.

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