Neushoornuil Mamal

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With the diversification of ground flora, there was an abundance of food for grazers to take advantage of. While things like the Snamfgus and Kammalbou already filled these roles to an extent, they were soon joined by a new species of mamal. This new taxon, known as the Neushoornuil Mamal, evolved from populations of Sovanesti Mamal which began to feed on the abundant ground flora. These populations would also develop adaptations to deal with the wide range of predators such as Timothies or the Guillotine Mamal.

The first big one is that they became absolutely massive, being an impressive 3.2 meters long and as such being larger than the largest carnivores of the time by an order of magnitude. That alone would not deter threats, however, so the Neushoornuil Mamal has evolved a highly extensive covering of fur-derived scales and a thickened slab of muscle and skin along their shoulders and flanks to provide as much protection as possible from the bite of a predatory mamal or the bullet shots of a large clongus. In terms of offensive weaponry, the Neushoornuil Mamal has large front claws that can swat away potential threats(though they also work well enough with digging out roots for them to consume). Their powerful beak that helps them process extremely tough and woody flora species can just as easily snap the bones of an aggressor if the need arises. One particularly unique feature the species developed for defensive purposes was the large horn covering their face. Unlike their fur or skeleton, this structure is uniquely made of keratin, and as such is relatively cheap to grow in terms of energetic resources. This horn can be used to gore potential threats or even outright fling them away with a flick of the Neushoornuil Mamal's powerful neck and shoulder muscles. All of these defensive weapons meant the radiation organ has shifted entirely towards regulating their body temperature, with the organ no longer being capable of shooting a laser.

When they are not defending themselves, Neushoornuil Mamals typically spend much of their time grazing away at flora. Since they do not have a resistance to spite, they avoid things like Spiteweeds as their tissues are extremely toxic and instead leave such a food source for the Noserps. As the Neushoornuil Mamal now travels in small family groups, they have begun to utilize a new form of communication that is almost unheard of in Radfauna. Sound. Neushoornuil Mamals vibrate their powerful throat muscles to create lower frequency sounds, which is then picked up by other individuals, other Neushoornuil Mamals can hear these sounds through their breathing organs, which have taken some of the chitinous hair around them and adapted them to pick up vibrations and thus help them hear. This ability to hear and create sounds allows groups of Neushoornuil Mamal to keep in touch with one another and to potentially hear incoming predators.

A close-up of the breathing organ, showing some of the specialized hairs adapted to pick up sound vibrations.