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Hyena Dog by Asanbonsam Hyena Dog by Asanbonsam
This is an illustration to the Hyena Dog concept (fav.me/d5hys0v) created by Leggurm for the Allocene project. The Hyena Dog is a distant relative of the Foreststalker (fav.me/d4rrw0k) in that both are descended from the Australian wild dog. But while the Foreststalker is an ambush predator the Hyena dog is basically a scavenger. The basic canine body type also changed less with the Hyena Dog than with the Foreststalker, basically the snout became shorter, the teeth bigger and blunter, and the front portions of the body became stronger. In addition lots of the tail is missing now since it is less needed for balance and communication. All in all the communicative abilities of these canids have been diminished greatly by their solitary life and have nothing of the complexity of their wild dog ancestors. The faces of these canids are equally expressive as those of brown bears, so you basically would not be able to know what mood they are usually in.

Originally I wanted some more spots, like some of modern day wild dogs in Namadgi National Park have, but I guessed that would be too hyena like to be believable, so I settled for these common big patches.
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Awesome Work ! :D
Finally a Future Canine ! :D
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
The Allocene project actually has a few more. ;)
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Oley ! :D
You're The Best ! Canines're Epic ! :D :) !
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
I actually think brown bears can be quite emotive it's just that we (humans don't tend to spend years observing the social queues  of such animals...
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Very nice! :) It looks like an analogue of the extinct borophagines.
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. It's great!
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
No problem. I am planning to do some of the new aquatic reptiles as well.
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cool. Descended from which group?
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I forgot, one of the mentioned ones in the gallery.
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ok.
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