Deinognathids
Carnodorcas
This is one of the deer-like members of
this group. They have horns on their head
which is used in mating battles,
particularly by the males, but serves no
particular purpose for hunting. This animal
kills it's prey by chasing it down and with
a quick bite, snapping the prey's neck in
mid-flight.
Deinognathus
This is the largest predator of the
Metazoic, standing well over 25 feet
tall and more than 50 feet long with the
tail. The jaws are designed to crush the
bones of even the largest gigantelopes.
The arms and hands are powerful
enough to grasp their prey while this
animal delivers the killing bite.
Paricteria
These are the wolves of the Metazoic.
These animals are no bigger than a
beagle, but they hunt in packs, and are
capable of bringing down quite large
prey, such as large antelope and deer,
killing them by eating them alive.
Elaphictis
This is a smaller hooved deinognathid
that commonly preys on monkeys and
lemurs. They have even adapted to
moving in the trees. Like modern
mountain goats, this animal has flexible
hooves to help them grasp tree
branches to effectively chase their
prey. The center of gravity is also low
on this animal to enable them to keep
their balance on the branches.
Feresetta
This is a tiny, lightweight deinognathid
of the rivers and lakes. It makes it's
home among the lily pads. This is
where they spend their entire lives and
females even foal on these pads. The
toes are elongate and spread apart to
distribute the weight of the animal
evenly. This is the only deinognathid
that never sets foot on the ground.
They feed mostly on fish and crayfish.
Myailurus
This is strictly a tree-dwelling deinognathid.
The hooves have become flexible,
monkey-like hands tipped with curved
claws. The tail is long and prehensile and
acts as a 5th hand. These are the only
deinognathids that have added fruit, nuts,
leaves and berries to their diet of small
vertebrate prey.
Orochoreutes
This species closely resembles
Paricteria, but it is a solitary animal
and much larger. They live in the
mountain peaks where it gets near
freezing at night. So these animals roost
together in burrows and come out in
the morning to sun-bathe. They are
quite accomplished leapers and can
chase antelopes with supreme agility on
the cliffsides.
Reginictis
This is a deinognathid of the oceans.
The long hind feet give this animal
amazing propultion in the water. The
forelegs are fully webbed and used
mostly for steering the animal, and the
tail also acts as a rudder. Favorite prey
includes seals, fish, squid and oceanic
bats.
Spathodon
This is a sabre-toothed deinognathid. The
canine teeth of this species can reach well
over 2 feet long. They use them to pierce
the arteries in the throat of large
gigantelopes and other large prey. The
long, sharp claws are useful for grasping
their prey while they deliver the killing
bite. These are active, tireless hunters that
never stoop to scavenging.
Ictocamelus
These are among the deer-like species.
Like
Carnodorcas, this animal has long
legs and hooves all designed for running.
The jaws are powerful and makes this
animal capable of capturing fast-moving
prey. They hunt mostly in flat plains
areas, though the smaller species will
take prey from the mountainsides.
This is a family of predatory mammals that
evolved off of modern elephant shrews, of today.
Some are deer-like with hooves and slender legs
designed for chasing down fast-moving prey.
Others have hooves that changed into claws.
Tamanoa
Newly separated from Ictocamelus.
Tamanoa differs by being basically
smaller than
Ictocamelus and more
slenderly built. They are pack-hunters
that chase their prey until it is exhausted
and kill the animal by eating it. The size
of a modern moose (
Alces), this animal
can indeed hunt on it's own instead of in
packs. But prefer to stay in groups.