|Giant herbivorous gekkotans on a riverbank ambushed by mega-amphisbaenian: a scene from the Squamozoic|
With Snaiad, Kosemen (under the nom de plume Nemo Ramjet) has crowdsourced the task of formulating the biodiversity of an alien world; but it is the attention to taxonomy and physiology imbued by the original author (a paleoartist of great vision) that makes the website's content unique. Rather than creating organisms and then hypothesizing their phyletic relations, he sketches cladograms first (see left) and then populates them with fictitious taxa: this results in a convincingly thought-out fiction.
|A few turtiform species (illustrated by Kosemen)|
The site had been taken offline in 2010 for revision, and I had almost given up hope of ever glimpsing the denizens of Snaiad again. But no longer: I have just made the discovery that the site is once again available (since July of this year).
Was it worth the four-year wait? Yes.