PROJECT Evolution Exercise: Cat

Discussion in 'CREATING WORLDS & SETTINGS' started by Revision, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. Did you know that cats share a distant ancestor with weasels? Evolution is a complex thing, full of dead ends and surprises. Survival of those who best fit their niche and extinction of other dominant species can lead to a family of animals to explode into dominance or fade to obscurity.

    So let's start with the common household cat. How might they have evolved differently on your world or how might they change if transplanted to your world? What would happen if they were subjected to your world's magic, radiation, or wilds? Would they have died out millennia ago? Would they be so different they were unrecognizable?
     
  2. I have been toying with some evolution stuff in a spinoff roleplay that has anthro species!. I didn't know anything about the original world where the game info came from, so I decided I'd make my own version. 8D


    There's two major continents in this world. One where the animals evolved in to humanoid species but for the most part all kept their animal traits. (Anthro species) and on the -other- continent, the animals evolved to more human-looking species. Elves, dwarves, mermaids, humans, etc.

    In this world, I decided that it was cat species that eventually evolved in to the different races of elves. 8D I'm pretty sure someone else inspired me for this. >:[ But I can't remember how or when. (Beyond the original rp being Frost's!)
     
  3. The world is majorly tropic, down to a strong snowfall at the poles but only seasonally. It's encompassed by large series of islands, with little true "ocean" anywhere, only a spiderweb of sea-channels around the islands. Cats, like many other creatures either required to fulfill a specific role in their island, but simultaneously adapt to expand outward. In this first difference, without the exporting and trade of humans, some species do learn to swim and to enjoy water. Through oceanic spread of the water-loving and the isolationist niche-fulfillment of the land-dwelling, a variety of species are generated across all land masses, resulting in very different breeds due to cross-breeding between the water-loving and the particular isolationist camp of that particular island. Longhaired breeds existing only in the poles, and still with a summer coat. The seasonal changes cause some breeds of aquatic cats to migrate during the seasons. Millenia past this point, the breeds would expand more greatly, aquatic developing a preference for the water, and the individual breeds of the islands to their own habitats, as they interexchange and overtake.
     
  4. My world is similar to earth, but is larger, warmer, and wetter. In the of the largest nation, Agasaria, there is a variety of odd creatures both familiar and extraordinary. I have it written in a sort of enclyclopedia format for something Juku helped me come up with a while ago:

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The Sha-Vem, meaning “Flying Teeth” in the Pagan tongue, is a Panther-like creature inhabiting the jungles of southern Agasaria. It is the size of a small Great Cat, and has retractable claws and razor sharp teeth, as well as a set of bat-like wings that enable flight. While not aggressive in and of itself, it is fiercely territorial, and will attack anything and everything that enters its territory (Even members of its own species when it is not mating season). This is especially troublesome when a creature has made its territory on the edge of a village, causing attacks upon both humans and livestock. In addition, the odd creature seems to collect shiny objects to present to potential mates, and so they often rip the gold and silver on the decorations of churches and other decorative aspects of buildings and gardens. " -Father Rakin