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Question: Write an alternative scenario, where a large island almost as large as Australia exists almost 255 miles off the Pacific coast of southern North America, being a tropical, subtropical, temperate, and boreal landmass filled with many rivers, lakes, jungles, forests, swamps, grasslands, scrublands, deserts, and coastlines. Due to the island being away from any other landmasses, there are no native tetrapods on the island except birds, bats, and pinnipeds. Instead, what filled most niches are terrestrial six-limbed vertebrates (known as Hexalopods) that first evolved during the mid-to-late Devonian around 380-370 million years ago. Since then, the island has gone through many changes, and so have the hexalopods, coming in various scaly and furry forms, with one family of hexalopods giving rise to bipedal four-armed forms (which resemble the fictional character Angel Dust from the Hazbin Hotel series).

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Certainly! Here's an alternative scenario: In this alter-reality, an enormous landmass thrives off the coast of southern North America in the Pacific Ocean. Named Atlantropoda after its unique inhabitants, the island is nearly the size of Australia. Being off the coast by approximately 255 miles, Atlantropoda boasts an array of climatic zones— tropical, subtropical, temperate, and boreal— creating a plethora of diverse habitats for its inhabitants. The island is abundant with water systems, ranging from mighty rivers that snake across landscapes to tranquil lakes beautifully nestled in valleys. Entire ecosystems depend on these water bodies. The land is covered in lush jungles, forests that change their color with seasons, damp swamps, rolling grasslands, scrublands, arid deserts, and picturesque coastlines. The uniqueness of Atlantropoda's habitat is pronounced. Due to its distance from any other landmass, no native tetrapods inhabit the island, only bats, birds, and seals make their homes here. In a twist of nature, this vast land is ruled by Hexalopods, terrestrial six-limbed vertebrates that first evolved during the Devonian Period, around 370-380 million years ago. These Hexalopods, living in isolation without competition from tetrapods, have diversified to fill every ecological role you can imagine. Various habitats have led the Hexalopods to evolve into a diverse array of forms, from scaly reptilian-like creatures to furry mammals-like species, filling niches of predators, herbivores, omnivores, scavengers, and more. One family of Hexalopods, in particular, has developed fascinatingly. They evolved a set of bi-pedal four-armed forms, eerily resembling the fictitious character Angel Dust from the Hazbin Hotel series. These cheeky bipeds, known as Angelopods, are as cerebral as they are nimble, incorporating their four arms into efficient cooperative hunting and impressive social displays. Atlantropoda provides a unique spectacle for biologists to witness drastically different evolutionary paths in a world of strange but fascinating six-limbed creatures.

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Nov. 23, 2023, 6 p.m.

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Published: Thursday, November 23, 2023

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