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HYBRID FILE #022: TERRANYCTERIS

Terranycteris is a hybrid formed from the DNA of a Vespertilionid bat and a cheetah.

The geneticists aimed at creating a felid that had the ability to fly; unfortunately, the resulting creature was not at all what they had expected. Although the animal is blind, it has extremely keen hearing and it is estimated that it can sense any sound ranging from 14,000 to well over 100,000 Hertz. It has been found to be a completely nocturnal animal, and can run at up to 65 mph while utilizing vocal echolocation to locate its prey. Like its feline family, it is completely carnivorous. It has a large, complex brain and is very clever, independent, and scheming. CAUTION: THIS ANIMAL IS VERY DANGEROUS IF APPROACHED BY HUMANS THAT HAVE AN UNFAMILIAR SHAPE AND SMELL.

It has since its creation been called "terranycteris" or a "terranycterid mammal", from the latin "terra", meaning earth, or of the earth, and "nycteris", from the Greek word for bat, as the creature is essentially an earthbound batlike hunter. No taxonomic classification has been proposed.

Its dentition has been identified as I1:C1: P3:M0 upper, and I2:C1: P2:M1 lower. Its carnassial pair is located P3/M1. It has bicuspid canines, for as of yet unknown reasons.

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This is my entry for the Splice contest - a little last minute, but I only really heard of the contest two days ago...
If anyone has any questions about the mammal, ask! I have worked pretty hard on this for the past couple days and would love to hear what you all have to say.

This was done with watercolor, pencil, and a ballpoint pen. I used references for the feline anatomy.

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grisador Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Awesome ! :O
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The-Next-Heir Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Three things. One, this is amazing as it is the combination of my two favorite animals. two, I'd like to see a baby and am wondering if they are more like kittens or bats in behavior. Three, where can I get one?
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Vespitomb Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
The colour scheme is amazing, the design is awesome and the description is very plausible. I LOVE IT!!!
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jenn-d Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
thanks so much! :)
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8H29B Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
very nice!
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:iconjenn-d:
jenn-d Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
thanks!
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AJtheartmelder Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Me likey.
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EmeraldKloud Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
TTwTT so.. so.. so beautiful!
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jenn-d Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Thanks :)
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ThitaniumPrince Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love both the concept and the despcription. Really interesting beast, and it has something creepy **
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jenn-d Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
thank you very much, i'm glad you like it :)
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:iconkaausho:
Kaausho Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how neat his structure and expressions came out!:) It looks like a creature you know for SURE not to run into!
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jenn-d Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
thank you, im glad you like it! :)
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InkyWings Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Oh that is so COOL! I LOVE things without eyes!! :clap:
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Writer
Love the concept! Especially the fact that the experiment failed totally, and yet the result is an awesome and impressive creature!
Bats are the best. Also cheetahs aren't too shabby either... (:
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riikka Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
That is wonderful. I really like the story behind the creature. The skull is wonderful. And I like the coloring. Especially on the top one.
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jenn-d Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
thanks so much!
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
epic
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jenn-d Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
thanks :)
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
welcome :)
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ann1301 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
I really like your coloring style, and the little back story you added definitely add's to the piece. Drawing the skull was a cool addition too, one of the most original designs I've seen so far! :D
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jenn-d Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
the skull was definitely the hardest... the cheetah has huge eyes, and taking them out altogether proved an interesting challenge in designing the new skull. :)

thanks so much for the comment!
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ann1301 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
I can only imagine the difficulty of shading as well as you do to show the contours of the skull as well as you did!
Also, you're very welcome! :D
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autumn82697 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
haha, nice. the markings and colour pattern is really cool looking to me.

and no eye sockets...looks cool to me. i'd kill to see this in real life.
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jenn-d Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
yeah, it took me a while to decide on the markings, glad you like them! thanks! :)
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decoy-dream Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Student Photographer
This is gorgeous work! I don't know why there aren't more comments.
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:iconjenn-d:
jenn-d Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
thanks! :)
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Chichiro Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting design! Quite creative, too--I love that it doesn't have eyes, it's an interesting feature, and unusual to see on a skull.
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jenn-d Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
thanks!

i based the skull mostly on a cheetah's, but the lack of eye was vaguely based on the mole's... it's pretty amazing.
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Tigga-Jones Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow, amazing. Very well-though and detailed. :)
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jenn-d Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
thanks! i appreciate it :)
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Tigga-Jones Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Your welcome! :) I hope you win, I'll be rooting for you!
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