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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2020 2:40 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?

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Armand

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2020 6:02 p.m. PST

There's something primally disturbing about the jaw being hinged vertically.

I wonder if it would actually work out on an evolutionary scale.

Stryderg12 Nov 2020 6:31 p.m. PST

It's like a mobile Venus Flytrap, with claws.
As mean as he looks, he probably uses that mouth for scooping up ground cover and sifting out the dirt to get at the grubs, kind of like a whale.

Covert Walrus12 Nov 2020 7:57 p.m. PST

Oberlindes Sol LIC commented-

There's something primally disturbing about the jaw being hinged vertically.

I wonder if it would actually work out on an evolutionary scale.

Not sure what you mena about "Evolutionary scale" but there were similar creatures on Earth: Some of the early jawed fishes had an arrangement much like this and were successful enough for a short while – About 12 to 14 million years, which is a lot longer than our current success.
Their loss may have been due to changes in the ecology, or just a random happenstance due to some natural disater, it's not certain; this was about the Permian period, when one of the largest extinction events ever occurred over a wide raneg of environemnts and species.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2020 11:17 a.m. PST

Thanks!.

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Moonbeast14 Nov 2020 7:50 a.m. PST

That is a "Gug" from H.P. Lovecrafts Dreamlands.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2020 7:14 p.m. PST

@Covert Walrus:

Thanks. I wasn't aware of the early jawed fishes. Fascinating stuff.

By "evolutionary scale", I meant over periods long enough for evolutionary developments to take place. For example, a mutation may exist for a few generations and disappear, but 12 to 14 million years is certainly enough time for some evolution to happen.

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