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Baobab Rat by Midiaou Baobab Rat by Midiaou
This descendant of the Malagasy Giant Rat is part of a massive family that spans from southern Europe to Western Asia, all throughout mainland Africa and Madagascar. Being the only one of its giant family on an island where all other grazers and browsing ungulates (goats and cows) gone, this left a massive niche open and the isolation from the rest of the world helped. 
They live in herds of up to 20 individuals, at most 3 males and the rest females. Unlike their mainland cousins, their forelimbs have not become hooves and are still able to manipulate objects. This is because Madagascar lacks extremely quick predators, thus only the hind limbs became hooves and this is to kick. They range from all parts of the island, 10-56 myah. 
The Martian scientists who had come across them came along in the dry season, so the herds stcuk near Baibabs due to their abundance in water. Long massive teeth aide in crushing some of the bark and getting to the spongy and wet stuffnside, thus earning their name.
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
:) (Smile) Cool. A descendant of rats, near the sizes of horses or cattle.
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reptco Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
it seems so real that i had google it, nice pic!
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Ursumeles Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Thats really awesome!
Do you have made other animals from Madagascar?
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John-AM Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What a great creature! I love the concept! And your flawless take on anatomy as always.;-) I like their hoof-like hind paws, while their front ones are cool, it would be neat to see one of their cousins with all hooved paws some time in the future, just for the sake of seeing them. Partially cause I like hooved creatures anyway.:D
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Midiaou Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, you make me blush :D
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John-AM Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Jurassiczilla Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Student Artist
Coincidence? I made a large herbivorous rat as well?
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Midiaou Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, did you? Most likely. This is actually a remake of an animal for the kryocene I made in the 4th grade. Might post the original.
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LyzeofKiel Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It seems many people have made giant herbivorous rodents.... not sure which group of rodents the particular species which I created is most closely related to, but I know it's separated a fair bit from the others, if that makes any sense.  It is essentially my project's horse analogue... an' has the hooves to match, the hooves being specialized claws.
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Jurassiczilla Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Student Artist
Yeah its in my profile, (before I got a scanner)its pretty drab.
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