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Tiktaalik by MickeyRayRex Tiktaalik by MickeyRayRex
"Let the Earth bring forth the living creatures, after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the Earth, after their kind." If God did indeed speak those words, He would have done so roughly 375 million years ago, and when He did, this magnificent creature would have hauled itself out of a Greenland swamp to do just as He said; "bring forth the living creatures and everything that creeps upon the Earth, and all the beasts of the field".

In celebration of Darwin Day, I present Tiktaalik roseae, a lobe-finned fish from the Devonian Period that represents the perfect "missing link" in the evolutionary tree of life. As terrestrial ecosystems were first developing, one type of fish with exceptionally strong fore-fins and a movable neck took up the job of going where no vertebrate had gone before; dry land. Being a fish, it still required the water to survive, but in an environment of shallow swamps, it served Tiktaalik well to be able to move from one isolated body of water to another, thanks to it's powerful fins which lifted it up from the mud. It's mobile neck and strong jaws also let it prey on the pioneering insects in this new, semi-terrestrial world. Small and few these first "steps" were, they laid the foundation for an incredible dynasty of animals with no parallel in nature; the tetrapods, who would over the next 375 million years both conquer the land and invade the skies and become the biggest, fastest, most complex, and most intelligent living things of all.
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Alyssa-Lioness Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
I still don't quite know why I love Tiktaalik so much, but I do, and this is a great reconstruction! 
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :) Yeah its just such a loveable critter!
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TeddyBlackBear2040 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Nice Sketch.
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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scyther500 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great man! :) Such a beautiful creature was tiktaalik, huh?
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man! Yeah I cna only imagine what it must have looked like moving out of water for the first time!
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scyther500 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha yeah!

"One small step for tetrapod, one huge leap for tetrapod-kind" (I shall show myself the door now)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just saw it on Facebook too, nice work :)

It's a shame there are still people clinging to their holy books as if it's the answer to everything.
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, bro! Yeah if you follow me on Facebook then you know what I've been dealing with
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ThatDinosaurGuy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
Can you give me a link because I can't find it on your page anymore.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, saw that one comment under your other Darwin-Day drawing.
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The biggest problem is within my own family. Thankfully no one in my immediate family is creationist, just most of my aunts, uncles and cousins.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That must be so annoying to have that kind of people around you.
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course they are still family and I love them, but I do wish they'd at least try and understand some things...
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I understand that.
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DemitriVladMaximov Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
One of the best fishes!
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acepredator Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
Tetrapods aren't superior. They may have invaded all of this world's habitats, and be extremely diverse, but they are not more sophisticated or smarter on average.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
Nobody has to, because it's a Larmarkian way of thinking.
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scyther500 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Providing some examples could help your point, y'know. Just saying, man
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Sekley Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2016
Unfortunately he kind of has a point about animal intelligence. Studies suggest even insects can learn. I never thought I'd say this, but for once he's onto something.

www.scientificamerican.com/art…
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Sekley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Granted he does that a lot. He claims that giant carnosaurs like Carcharodontosaurus could run up to 30 mph. He gave me a link, but it's from 2001 so I'm a little hesitant to credit it.
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TheAsianGuyLOL Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice :)
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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King-Edmarka Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! :thumbsup:
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :) Happy Darwin Day!
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King-Edmarka Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
To Darwin! "clink"!
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