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After Man: A Zoology of the Future (1981) is a 1981 book by Dougal Dixon. In it, he presents his hypothesis on how the fauna and geography could change 50 million years from now.

Geography of the futureEdit

Dixon assumes that Europe and Africa would eventually fuse, closing up the Mediterranean Sea. Asia and North America would collide and close up the Bering Strait. South America would split off from Central America. Australia would collide with southern Asia, uplifting a mountain range. Finally, parts of eastern Africa would split off to form a new island which he called Lemuria. Other volcanic islands have been added, such as the Pacaus Archipelago and Batavia.

Major Groups of "After Man: A Zoology of the Future" Edit

While there are a wide variety of creatures in After Man, many of these can fall into easily recognizable groups, e.g. rabbucks, gigantelopes, predator rats, etc. Some of the larger groups in the future include...

Rabbucks - Rabbucks are the future equivalent of deer and antelope. They live in almost any environment, and they mostly feed on grass. Their anatomy resembles that of a hooved mammals, though there are a few primitive hopping forms lurking around.

Gigantelope - The gigantelope take the niche in the future that was formerly held by elephants, giraffes, moose, and other large herbivores. Resembling the ancient sauropods, they are descended from antelopes, and range in a wide variety of forms. One subbranch have evolved into the large, moose-like herbivores of the north, the hornheads.

Predator Rats - The major group of predators in the future. Like our modern carnivorans, they exist on almost every continent and fill almost every carnivorous niche. They are descended from rats, and range in forms resembling polar bears, wolves, wolverines, cats, and even aquatic walrus-like forms.

Carnivorans - For the most part, Dixon assumes that carnivorans have either gone extinct, or have been forced into peripheral niches like the creodonts were in the Oligocene. A few still exist, such as the shurrack, and all but one, the striger, is descended from the weasels.

Animals of After Man: A Zoology of the Future Edit

Main article: List of animals from "After Man: A Zoology of the Future"

Temperate Woodlands and Grasslands

Angler Heron, Butorides piscatorius
Chirit, Tendesciurus rufus, an inchworm-like rodent descended from squirrels.
Falanx[1], Amphimorphodus cynomorphus
Janiset, Viverinus brevipes
Long-Necked Dipper, Apterocinclus longinuchus
Lutie, Microlagus mussops
Oakleaf Toad, Grima frondiforme
Pfrit, Aquambulus hirsutus
Purrip Bat, Caecopterus spp.
Rabbuck[2], Ungulagus spp.
  • Common rabbuck, Ungulagus silvicultrix
  • Desert rabbuck, Ungulagus flavus
  • Arctic rabbuck, Ungulagus hirsutus
  • Mountain rabbuck, Ungulagus scandens
Rapide, Amphimorphodus longipes
Ravene, Vulpemys ferox
Reedstilt, Harundopes virgatus
Shrock, Melesuncus sylvatius
Testadon, Armatechinos impenetrabilis
Tree Drummer, Proboscisuncus spp.
Tree Goose, or hanging bird, Pendavis bidactylus
Tusked Mole, Scalprodens talpiforme

Coniferous Forests

Beaver, Castor spp.
Broadbeak, Pseudofraga spp.
Chiselhead, Tenebra vermiforme
Common Pine Chuck, Paraloxus targa
Hornhead,Cornudens pp.
Pamthret, Vulpemustela acer
Spine-Tailed Squirrel, Humisciurus spinacaudatus
Trevel, Scandemys longicaudata

Tundra and the Polar Regions

Bardelot [3], Smilomys atrox
Bootie Bird, Corvardea niger
Distarterops[4], Scinderedens solungulus
Flightless Auk, Nataralces maritimus
Gandimot, Bustivapus septentreonalis
Groath, Hebecephalus montanus
Lesser Ptarmigan, Lagopa minutus
Meaching, Nixocricetus lemmomorphus
Parashrew, Pennatacaudus volitarius
Pilofile, Phalorus phalorus
Polar Ravene, Vulpemys albulus
Pytheron, Thalassomus piscivorus
Ruffle, Rupesaltor villupes
Shurrack, Oromustela altifera
Vortex[5], Balenornis vivipera
Woolly Gigantelope, Megalodorcas borealis

Deserts

Desert Leaper, Aquator adepsicautus
Desert Shark, Psammonarus spp.
Desert Spickle, Fistulostium setosum
Fin Lizard, Velusaurus bipod
Grobbit, Ungulamys cerviforme
Khilla, Carnosuncus pilopodus
Kriskin, scientific name unknown
Leaping Devil, Daemonops rotundus
Long-Legged Quail, Deserta catholica
Sand Flapjack, Platycaudatus structor
Spitting Featherfoot, Pennapus saltans

Tropical Grasslands

Flightless Guinea Fowl, Pseudostruthio gularis
Gigantelope, Megalodorcas giganteus
Horrane, Phobocebus hamungulus
Long-Necked Gigantelope
Picktooth, Dolabrodon fossor
Raboon, Carnopapio spp.
Rundihorn, Tetraceras africanus
Strank, Ungulagus virgatus
Shovel-Horned Gigantelope, scientific name unknown
Watoo, Ungulagus cento

Tropical Forests

Anchorwhip, Flagellanguis viridis
Clatta, Testudicaudatus tardus
Chuckaboo, Thylapithecus rufus
Fatsnake, Pingophis viperaforme
Giantala, Silfrangerus giganteus
Giant Pitta, Gallopitta polygyna
Hawkbower, Dimorphoptilornis iniquitus
Hiri-Hiri, Carnophilius ophicaudatus
Khiffah, Armasenex aedificator
Long-Armed Ziddah, Araneapithecus manucaudata
Mud-Gulper, Phocapotamus lutuphagus
Posset, Thylasus virgatus
Slobber, Reteostium cortepellium
Striger, Saevitia feliforme
Swimming Anteater, Myrmevenarius amphibius
Swimming Monkey[6], Natopithecus ranapes
Termite Burrower, Neopardalotus subterrestris
Toothed Kingfisher, Halcyonova aquatica
Tree Duck, Dendrocygna volubaris
Trovamp, Hirudatherium saltans
Turmi[7], Formicederus paladens,
Water Ant, scientific name unknown
Zarander, Procerosus elephanasus

Islands and Island Continents

Cleft-Back Antelope
Flooer, Florifacies mirabila
Flower-Faced Potoo, Gryseonycta rostriflora
Gurrath, Oncherpestes fodrhami
Long-Necked Yippa
Matriarch Tinamou
Nightglider
Night Stalker, Manambulus perhorridus
Pacauan Bird Snake, Avanguis pacausus
Pacauan Whistler, Insulornis spp.
Shalloth, Arboverspertilio apteryx
Snorke, Lepidonasus lemurienses
Strick, Cursomys longipes
Surfbat, Remala madipella
Terratail, Ophicaudatus insulatus
Tick Bird, Invigilator commensalis
Valuphant, Valudorsum gravum
Wakka, Anabracchium struthioforme

See alsoEdit

Similar projectsEdit

Paleontologist Peter Ward wrote another book on a different perspective on future evolution, one with humans intact as a species. This book is called Future Evolution. Dixon's later work Man After Man also includes man. In 2002, a program on Animal Planet called The Future Is Wild—for which Dixon was a consultant—advances further using more precise studies of biomechanics and future geological phenomena based on the past.

External linksEdit

  • The future of human evolution is discussed on this website [1]

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