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Terrible Terrameleon by electreel Terrible Terrameleon by electreel
"The most remarkable of all chamaeleoniforms, however, are the terrameleons. From quadrupedal, terrestrial brookesiid ancestors, a lineage of short-bodied and short-tailed predators evolved. As body size increased, the importance of the prehensile forelimbs in apprehending and subduing prey increased such that the most modified members of the group are erect-bodied bipeds with stupendously long arms and grasping hands."

The Terrible Terrameleon, (or should I say the squamous, owl-clawed, dart-tongued peanut?) in all its hideous scaliness.
This is probably one of the most aberrant creatures in the Squamozoic world, and my favorite of them all.
For more information please read the main article, by Darren Naish: blogs.scientificamerican.com/t...

The Squamozoic belongs to Dr Darren Naish ©


Ah, the satisfaction that comes after finishing a picture of this magnitude reaches divine levels! Comments are always welcome :)
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:iconkingovrats:
KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
It would make a fine kaiju:D
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh hey dud!
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electreel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Now that you mention it... it would! How come has nobody ever thought of a damn chameleon kaiju? :D
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
There is a chameleon Kauai in gamera, called barrugan I think.
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electreel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
I didn't know about that! Google search didn't give me any conclusive results, though. Isn't Kauai a Hawaiian island?
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Also I made mistake it's barugon.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
I mean kaiju which my phone apparently dose not recognize...
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Dunno, perhaps becouse Kaiju tend to shoot lazors instead of tongues of their mouths xD
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TrilobiteCannibal Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lazer tongues :D
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electreel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Heh, but it would be incredibly cool to see one of them taking down flying vehicles with its tongue :D
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:iconkingovrats:
KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Again I think lazors are more epic and practical (rare combination xD) but yeah, at least it woudl be something new!:D
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I loved that article. 
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AlexSone Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! very good drawing! You make the progress!
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you very much! :)
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks intelligent!
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Indeed :D
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
This is a great interpretation of Naish's illustration! I have a few qualms with some of Naish's depictions and ideas (like the reduction of tails in the terrameleon, for example*) but they're fairly small issues.

*I would likely expect the tails, while still being short, to be co-opted for balance, since the body posture, as accurately captured in your illustration, are fairly front-heavy with rather short walking legs held at an angle to the body. An alternative solution would be to give them a slightly bigger rump (er go, larger  to bring the center of gravity closer to the hips (in humans, it's approximately right above the hips, around where your navel is). I can't help but feel that the Terrameleon needs larger gluteal and femoral muscles. This isn't a criticism of your work rather just Naish's illustrations. Still, I like his Squamozoic and I hope he publishes something with it.
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
First of all, thank you very much for your comment!
I had the same issues while I was trying to sketch the creature out - I wanted it to be as faithful as possible to the original without plainly copying it, but I couldn't find a suitable pose. Note that in Naish's illustration the animal is shown in a more upright position (which would most likely be its usual gait), while in this one it is leaned forward in an attacking posture. I do agree that it would need larger femoral and gluteal muscles, as well as longer and broader feet, but I don't see why it would be so unbalanced. Structurally the hind area looks much more heavier than the fore one, and a great amount of guts, large muscles (and possibly fat?) is located there as well. Also take into account that the throat pouch wouldn't weight that much. 
External appearence often doesn't tell us much about mass proportions - after all, most pterosaur reconstructions look grossly disproportionate at first sight, don't they? ;) 

I share your hope in the publication of a book about the Squamozoic. With the publication All Yesterdays, the upcoming Cryptozoologicon, and Memo's Snaiad and All Tomorrows it seems we are in a golden age for speculative evolution.  
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Hmmm...Miiight be a bit too soon to say we're in a 'golden' age, but things are certainly picking up (just my inner pessimist). The community is certainly building some momentum, but there's still a long way to go before speculative biology can be recognized as a genre/sub-genre.
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GenevieveMeuniere Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the details! great work!
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thank you very much! :)
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Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
no importa cuantas veces lo vea, me quedo con la boca abierta :O
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
:D ¡Me alegro de que te guste!
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Vaya, no se me ocurrió ni por asomo relacionar "escamoso" con el proyecto de Squamazoic (¿o debería ser Escamazoico, en español?) Un trabajo estupendo, me encanta la textura escamosa y la viscosidad de la lengua :)
Por cierto, ¿mr. Naish ya habrá opinado de tu imagen?
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
¡Muchas gracias! :)  Bueno, me retwitteó la imagen en Twitter, es algo :D
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Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Artist
Cool!!!
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thanks!
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Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Artist
No prob!
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malevouvenator Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Ya esta al fin! Como mola tio! El fondo has usado el mismo programa o un fondo a terceros.
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
¡Muchas gracias! :) El fondo lo cree en PS en 5 minutos. 
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Wow, I love it!
The textures are astonishing
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thank you :) I tried hard to make it as traditional-looking as possible.
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Anytime!
It most certainly does look traditional and realistic
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Gingacreator Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yikes ! I think this is the only example of a creature that's just as real as it is sic-fi. Great design :D
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thank you! :) The creature design is not mine, though.
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Gingacreator Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. Well still it's awesome :)
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thanks :)
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Gingacreator Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :)
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! That is incredibly detailed, and has a very distinctive atmosphere around it - looks like a fearsome predator, indeed!
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it :)
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome!
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Awesome!
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
This must be the scaly surprise.
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Yup.
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is awesome
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thanks, man :)
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
AHHHHH!
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Mission accomplished, I guess :D
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
yeah. In the Squamazoic, no one can hear you scream.
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