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Biplanar Bicephalavian by thomastapir Biplanar Bicephalavian by thomastapir
I was thinking that this fore-aft bicephalization I've been experimenting with recently (i.e. [link] [link] ) might be explained by the conjoinment of extreme sexually dimorphic conspecifics, as per anglerfish. Here, the male and female merge as larvae and develop into adulthood as a fused composite organism--or perhaps the process has become so entrenched that the fusion takes place at an even earlier phase. This still wouldn't necessarily explain the apparent transphyleticism seen in animals like the Orchid Sloth and Cormorape, but it can't hurt.

There are all kinds of aero- and hydrodynamic possibilities for that stacked "biplane" fin configuration, methinks--i.e. one pair forward-swept and the other delta-winged, allowing different angles of attack and feeding styles depending on which "head" is in charge. But such lofty and/or soggy flights of fancy will have to wait for another day....

Inspired by and loosely referenced from a Brian Skerry photo of mating bobtail squid:
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This one is also a hybrid Salamandroid, combining aspects of Rachel's Mulsapultra or [link] and her flying squid. I think of the top one as female and the bottom as male, but I can't quite explain why!
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CrossDevice Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
They look like some kind of organic hover bike..
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
That seems to be a popular interpretation!
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CrossDevice Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
XD, I'd imagine
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Ebervalius Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :+fav:
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Thanks so much!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think the idea of sexual dimorphs body-fusing and becoming symbiotes is great, and you pulled it off well here.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Thanks!  I was pretty relieved I was able to pull it off...the fusion process was in the early stages, I guess.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
hahaha
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! I think you are getting better and better artistically.

Convergent evolution perhaps?
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ethan-k793 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you inspire me in the weirdest ways...
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
That's about the best I could hope for! :)
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ethan-k793 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im glad it is!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dang! your brain is a strange place, but I love what comes out of it, please keep blowing my mind! :)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Haha, I will do my best! XD
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! you are definitely in the top three most inspiring people I've found on deviantart! =)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Hah, aww, thanks!  Just out of curiosity, who do you consider the "most inspiring," or most creative, or whatever?  I mean, who would be in your top five?  For me I'm thinking Nemo Ramjet, Mike Corriero, IRIRIV, Abiogenesis (Alex Ries), RSConnett, and a couple others like M0AI and yty2000.  But there's so many talented and imaginative people especially in this little spec/paleo/future/fantasy bio niche--Tim, Rachel, Ben, Jonas, Dan Bensen, Hyrotrioskjan, Ramul, Dan Newman, Monopteryx, electreel, Viergacht, juniorwoodchuck, povorot, v4m2c4, turbofanatic, and, man, so many others!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 Bingo!  :D
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I swear, you are consistently the most creatively amazing person on DA! Just inspiring with all this crazy but plausible biology.

Although I do have to wonder how it goes to the bathroom.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Wow, thanks man...I've probably said it before, but that means a lot to me coming from somebody as talented and creative as yourself!
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I think we have a winner for the cutest, anatomically bizarre couple of the year :D
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Oh wow, an honor usually reserved for Brangelina...Thanks so much!
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CosbyDaf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to ride one of these around while "Radar Rider" plays in the background.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Then bathe with my daughter in the Fountain of Varnov!
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MegLyman Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thank you, and likewise!
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