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The Convention of Sapient Species, the second largest known multi-timeline legal union, encompasses over a hundred sapient species from nearly as many parallel Earths. A few of those species are related to humans, their timelines having diverged within the last million years. Others are…more distant.

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Vhngbas evolved from teleost fishes after an extinction far worse than the one that killed the dinosaurs of Human Earth. Their pectoral fins and fused pelvic fins form three pillar-like hooves, while the dorsal and adipose finds curl around the hearing/vocalization openings in their breathing chambers, and a hand derived from the caudal fin manipulates tools. Sapient-rights violations by the largest vhngba social hegemony resulted in sanction and embargo from CSS members, intensifying mutual hostility between Vhngba and Human Earths.

Although they walk on four limbs, pwikpwuks are not tetrapods like humans, but chondrichthyes, related to sharks. Like dondokodondons (below), pwikpwuks’ cartilaginous internal skeletons are not strong enough to support their weight. Their external skeletons of dentine support their limbs and muscles. Denticles also cover the sensitive manipulatory barbels, allowing pwikpwuks to capture food. Relations with Human Earth have been strained since a homeless man was unfortunately devoured by pwikpwuk tourists in San Francisco.

The dondokodondons are ostracoderms, and split from the lineage that produced humans just before the evolution of jaws. Dondokodondons’ ancestors evolved calciferous bone, but grow it as an exoskeleton outside their skin. Their skull-like cephalons are supported by three limbs, homologous to the pectoral fins and tails of their swimming ancestors. They grasp tools and process food with tooth-covered radulae. Diplomatic relations with Human Earth are limited to trade in manufactured goods conducted in a single space station. Rumor is that dondokodondons find humans creepily squishy.

Like tetrapods, tlaatlhhatls evolved from lobe-finned fishes, but conquered the land independently. Their four fins are each split into four pairs of branching digits they use to walk, process food. manipulate artifacts, and signal emotion. The evolution of their third pituitary eye is mysterious. The human United Nations enjoys close relations with the tlaatlhatl planetary government, but efforts to promote tourism have proved largely fruitless. The blame likely falls on human arachnophobia.

Most basal among the craniates of the CSS are the 211-115s, descended from cyclostomes most closely related to Human Earth’s lampreys and hagfish. Jawless, 211-115s process food with their forelimbs (also used to manipulate tools) and a forked, toothed radula. Three pairs of lungs in the upper ribcage draw in air and produce the harmonic triads that compose 211-115 languages. Their integument of hollow keratin cones insulates their bodies and (in the case of the ear-horns) focus sound. Current diplomatic relations between Human and 211-115 Earths are warm.

This one is inspired by JayRockinDeinocheirus, and Viergacht. Get well soon, Viergacht!

Done while listening to Dora and Friends (con todos mis amigos).

This one is dedicated to :iconviergacht: Get well soon!
Done while listening to Dora and Friends (con todos mis amigos).

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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
Ooooh nice to see this updated in color, going straight to my favorites folder.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
Thanks. 
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Tet54 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Like, favorite, subscribed
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
:) Thanks. I do have some more stuff coming
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Ouroboros-491 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
Amazing stuff!
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InkGink Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017
Wonder what other animals are like on these creatures' worlds.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Probably pretty weird. There's a lot of potential especially in the shark- and lungfish-derived lineages to get very weird.
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InkGink Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! :)
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
thanks!
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InkGink Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
These are amazing. How the heck are you so creative?!?
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Mostly by stealing ideas from other people. :\ I promise I'll make a bibliography for these creature designs.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
It's the brain's natural way of coping with listening to Dora and Friends! :D
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Lo isimos todos juntos!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hahahaha, true. Apparently my sister's kids are hooked on a show called Paw Patrol or Pup Patrol or something.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Ughhhh, the pain is palpable across all time & space. Of course, when you're a parent, half an hour to yourself can be a godsend, so I can see how the polarity of the situation could be different :p
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Oh my god I hate Paw Patrol so much. Not as much as Shimmer and Shine, though.
But Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom is a work of transcendent genius and I'll stab anyone who says otherwise.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Oooh, I'll have to add that to the list of acceptable cartoons! :D
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
The accents are a bit annoying at first, but you get used to it :)
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