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Chalicothere Bat by WSnyder Chalicothere Bat by WSnyder
The first fauna concept from my new spec evo project!

As Antarctica moved northward from its modern polar position, the landmass became increasingly hospitable for terrestrial lifeforms. The burgeoning forests of the southern continent were slowly populated by vegetation, with forests springing up where polar deserts once stood. These forests were prime real estate for new arrivals like marine birds, but also a population of African fruit bats. These fruit bats would, in these new surroundings, evolve new flighted forms, as well as flightless forms. Some arboreal forms would then proceed to become ground-dwellers, eventually filling a niche akin to prehistoric chalicotheres and giant ground sloths. When South America and Antarctica fused along a land bridge, these giant lumbering bat descendants were among a few unique Antarctic taxa to survive the series of regional extinctions resulting from the influx of South American forms. Additional members of the 'sloth bat' group also persist just to the north of Antarctica in the islands of Huxleyia, where, for the time being, they have a safe haven from invasive species.
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Zimices Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist
Nice to see a descendant of the flying foxes. :)
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Crazygeckos Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
Lol i see things like this a lot!
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ucumari Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Incredible, but possible, it only takes time and opportunity! very good
increible, pero posible, solo se necesita tiempo y una oportunidad, ¡¡muy bueno!!
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AntFingers Featured By Owner 3 days ago
A bat! Wow, that didn't even cross my mind once, but now that I look at it... I probably should've figured that out.
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WSnyder Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I am quite happy that no one got this at first. But I am also happy that people seem to agree that it  is obvious once pointed out. :D
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AntFingers Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Well, I was pretty far off at the start. I mean, *prosimian?* What was I thinking?
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Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Artist
NOICE mate! Liking this guy already. Keep it up!
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WSnyder Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Ursumeles Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Awesome!
Can't wait to see more.
But how could I dorgot bats...
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:iconwsnyder:
WSnyder Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, it seems you are in the same boat as everyone else. :p
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juniorWoodchuck Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Fantastic design!
From just the sketches, I would have never guessed this to be a bat descendant but seeing it now it is so obvious
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WSnyder Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) 
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