Alternate History of the World

A species of the herbivorous gun-crab ( has been swallowed by the deep. However, they have not died, and have in fact encountered the descendants of the shovel-squids! They have been at peace, the populations not fighting as they are in different niches.

The promising group of wing-clippers has begun to expand, taking over the populations of the other wing-clippers. Terror birds are now secondary prey, as they hunt both mammals and large reptiles that are around.

The Caudels are continuing to evolve, the herbivores growing arboreal, and their tails growing somewhat like tentacles that can grip fruits and other things that are on the island. The predatory Caudel’s tails have grown into limbs that help them to bounce around, giving their frontals time to grow sharp, and their teeth to get better at ripping their herbivorous cousins.

The proto-primates that have become stranded in the aquatic area have slowly begun to have more matted fur, allowing them to swim better. They have smaller shoulders, and they are more torpedo-shaped. They have not learned to use tools or anything of the sort, but they are now piscivores. Groups of these are nomadic and wander everywhere.

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As gun crabs continue to prosper, some sharks venture off into the deep and evolve bioluminescence.

The land fish evolve thicker skin to resist the radiation of the sun

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The squids and crabs have, surprisingly, begun to work together! Whenever one of the squids feels hungry, it will go down to the colony of crabs nearby. Hitching a ride on the crab, it rests while the crab propels itself, trying to spot food. When it does so, the squid gets off, and puts it’s shovels to work, digging up whatever is under the ground. Both the crab and the squid get to feast on whatever is there, and both are protected by the presence of each other. Also, the neuron count in each of these creatures has grown just slightly, although they may grow faster due to the bioluminescent sharks now coming into the area.

The wing-clippers have diversified, as some have even become herbivorous.

The Caudels are growing and evolving, and some of them have gained little protrusions on the tops of their skin, similar to hair but more like little fans that wave in the breeze.

The aquatic proto-primates have met up once more with their primate cousins due to another earthquake. They have continued to develop, and are now almost fully aquatic, apart from a group that is moving back to the trees.

A group of the biolumiscent sharks have grown pulsating lights on their lips and teeth, which help them to attract fish, squid, and crabs.

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Another group of bioluminescent sharks have used their lights to communicate with each other. They also use electroreception to hunt down the squids and sharks

Meanwhile the gun crabs have diversified into all shallow oceans of the world

And the amphibious fish have become fully terrestrial.

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The shovel-squids and propeller crabs have begun to hide away, in darker areas. A group of them has fled to the surface, although due to their adaptations they prefer to stay near the mid-level of the ocean. Also, some of the population in this group have also begun to communicate with each other, using taps and clicks of their beaks from the squid, and short bursts of water from the propeller-crabs, which also use their other appendages to signal. However, they are still not intelligent enough, although their brains have gotten just slightly larger, and they are now able to remember things better.

The Caudels (the land-fish) have grown arched backs as they are very arboreal now, and they have diversified a lot, the tails of the herbivorous Caudels growing longer and longer, and becoming more prehensile.

The wing-clippers are still doing fine.

A species of mammal has begun to hunt the gun-crabs, being quick enough to grab one before it shoots. It is like a little ferret sort of thing, possibly a precursor to otters and seals.

Plant life is thriving, and it is growing out of control. This is a potential niche for animals to adapt into.

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More and more animals are becoming herbivorous, and the gun crabs expand their range

The land fish split into aboreal and ambush hunters, and some evolve extra skin so they can glide.

The gunner crabs evolve to become a more lobster like shape, with a powerful tail so they can smack the ferret things

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The ferret things have begun to fight back, catching the tails in the grips of their newly enhanced longer and more grabby feet, and biting the heads of the gunner crabs so that they stop shooting. An arms race has begun.

The plants are growing less out of control now, although now there are many more herbivores.

The herbivorous Caudels are the first to gain the extra skin, and they have been climbing higher and higher, eventually even flapping their fins in an attempt to fly. While it is not working, it is a start.

The aquatic primates become fully aquatic, living their lives in the ocean instead of on land. Their cousin species goes back into the shallows, although they are no longer as amphibious as before.

What year is it?

It is now 33 million years BC.

We can go into the future after we go to the present if you would like to.

I feel like we should continue all the way through all the years, would make it pretty fun

just my opinion though

Some gunner crabs have gone back into the deep, hunting prey there.

While others evolve to be much stronger and larger, as well as a thick hide of scales and spikes

The gunner crabs that have gone back into the deep are surviving, if at a lower rate. This is due to the fact that the shovel-squids and propeller crabs in the deep have had to become stronger due to the sharks hunting them. So, they push the gunner crabs out of any territory that they can.

Those that evolve to become bigger survive as well, although the ferret has grown bigger fingers and semi-opposable thumbs that it uses to catch the spikes and turn the crab over, at which point it begins to feast. It’s limbs and forearms have also grown stronger and more bulky, so as to protect against the scales and spikes.

The Caudels are slowly evolving as usual.

The Wing-clippers have grown smaller, as have many of the rest of the terror birds. However, they are still terrifying.

The shovel-squids have begun to grow smarter at an unprecedented rate due to all of the competition in the area. Now, they care much more for all of their young, although they have not discovered the usage of tools yet. They are also growing bigger, around two feet in length now. Their crab steeds have done the same.

Couldn’t fully read the posts I missed, can you please recap it for me smog?

There’s a lot of stuff, do you want to know about anything specific?

Basically there’s a bunch of stuff revolving around the gunner crabs, and for a while there was a large amount of plants, although that has dimmed down. However, there is a massive amount of herbivores, enough to ruin the ecosystem.
Uhm yeah just ask about anything specific and I will answer!

Ok thanks, so what are the “caudels”?

The Caudels are a name I coined for the fish that colonized land once again. It comes from cauda which is apparently tail in latin, and they use their tails a lot now, as they have diversified them into limbs and all sorts of things like that
They are currently on an island chain, although they may spread across the world soon enough

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And what is a ferret lol? In this world I mean

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oh yeah lol
those are like little creatures similar to ferrets that prey on the gunner crabs

The gunner crabs have evolved scaly hands to grab the ferret things

And they also have venomous fangs and stingers

Meanwhile some deep ocean gunner crabs decide to work with the propeller crabs as well as the squids

And the rest evolve electroreception to track down prey and kill them

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The ferret-things can now slink into the water and quickly turn over the gunner crabs in order to get their meal. However, they have combated the hands in an interesting way, by using them to their advantage. They get a gunner crab to hang onto them, and then go away from the rest of them, so that they can put them on land, and so that the gunner crabs have a disadvantage. They have also begun to grow immune to the venom, due to the fact that it is not potent enough yet to kill them, and so they have time to grow immune.

The deep ocean gunner crabs are now used by the propeller crabs to protect the eggs of them and their squids in return for food. This relationship has caused the population of all three species to boom, allowing them to take over almost the whole seafloor. The electroreceptor gunner crabs are at a major disadvantage due to the fact that bioluminescent sharks already hunt them. If they don’t do something quick, they will go extinct.

The Caudels are growing bigger and stronger, and some of them have grown large gas sacs filled with air that allows them to float for longer periods of time. Eventually, this combination of gas sacs and skin between limbs may just lead to flight.

The shovel-squids in the shallow waters have begun to prey on the gunner crabs, although the ferrets also prey on them. Their propeller crab steeds help in this task, and due to the plentiful gunner crabs, some of which have degenerated into peaceful herbivores, the propeller crabs and shovel-squids enjoy the feasts. They also have begun to plate themselves with the larger gunner-crab spikes, although this does not help much unless the squid is already attached to a propeller crab.

The aquatic primates have become very fish-like, just like whales have. They are going into the oceans now, as rivers make their way into the lands and pave the way for these whale-things to escape into the ocean, where they compete for the same niches as whales.

Should we have multiple intelligent species? Also, Tea, you better respond now :angry:

Tea has gone to sleep I think


The electro crabs evolve a way to defend themselves… they use electricity to their advantage. Their electricity can travel through saltwater and it can easily kill sharks

The gunner crabs are at an obvious disadvantage and evolve to be smaller and lighter, to achieve flight. While others evolve gun barrels on other body parts, as well as letting out an extremely venomous gas that only their species resist.

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