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Last year for my master's I wrote a thesis paper on the discrimination that Biracial individuals receive from all walks and facets of community and life depending on their mix and how much they lean towards it. Now what I plan to do since my skin tone leans to the more Caucasian side is to let my hair grow out. (it has to a ridiculous length) and I will go to a stylist and have my now annoyingly long hair changed to look more like it belongs on a Northern European individual and see if I am treated any differently for it. As for my voice, I sound like how Americans think a stereotypical British person sounds for the most part (you can hear the Igbo a bit if you know West African accents). I likely will but this will confirm or disprove what I wrote about in my thesis paper so that I can have physical evidence to back it up. I will walk around stores, drive down the street with a nice looking car (rented), and go to more "white areas" and see.


Day 1: First few hours after styling the hair, I am being constantly mistaken for a person of Spanish Origin. First notice of the day, went to a branch of my bank that I had not been to before. Decided to talk business with a Caucasian teller, gave a very warm and friendly handshake and spoke in gentle and pleasant tones. After business was conducted, pretended to sit down and wait to meet up with someone, saw individual greet a Black American client, conversation was noticeably a lot stiffer and teller was a lot less warm and inviting and seemed like he wanted the man to leave. Edit: It was pointed out that I did not state the behaviour of the client after me. He was, as is colloquially said, all smiles and tried to be friendly with the teller, more so than I was. Whilst I wore a t-shirt and jeans he wore a business suit, so logically he should have seemed a more desirable customer than I.

Day 2: Went book shopping for some textbooks, nothing occurred that I noticed. Will buy more textbooks when the rest become available. Learned that I need 3 different gels, had to learn to use them in order, and two kinds of brushes and a comb plus how to tie a bonnet around my hair properly and will have to purchase a hair dryer. Perhaps the most levity of the day was my fiance asking me if I wished to get my hair done with her at some unspecified date in the future. That should add more to people consistently mistaking me for a woman all the time but I digress. Just adding some filler, I should not realistically expect to find evidence of racism every single day, if I find less than I assumed then that should be a good thing right?

Day 3: No activity of note that occurred today except me somehow failing to properly use a hand held hair dryer. For those who asked here are the before and after pictures of my hair.
Archosauria - Win 20140211 204756 by Ikechi1

That was me before the style
ARCHOSAURIA - new hair by Ikechi1

This is myself now.

Day 4: Martin Luther King Jr Day, not expecting to get any data on this day.

Day 5: A lot more results and data this time. I sat on the bus near a bunch of Nigerians commenting in Igbo (Baltimore has a lot of Nigerians) on how that "white man" (me, though the word they were using for white person was not exactly a nice word) had been styling his hair. I told them after a while in Igbo that I could understand every word and they were in shock and asked how a "white man" could speak a Nigerian tongue and I had to inform them that I was half-Nigerian myself. I also surprised the Slovakian bus driver who was thinking that I was a British/Spanish mix. To note, even before the hair change I have never been acknowledged by Nigerians as being one even when I lived there because I looked to different from them so that was not exactly new. Especially in my home village I had to convince a lot of the people that I was my mother's son :). In more interesting news I sat down for hot chocolate in Starbucks after buying some textbooks ($500 to rent a bunch of textbooks for just one semester is a robbery in my opinion). Then I had the opportunity to run into 3 police officers who immediately spotted that I was mixed from the onset, they said it was their job to be observant about facial structures and genetics when doing forensics and other law related things. Interested in my paper one of the policemen, who looked as Stereotypically white as you can possibly get, complete with a semi "porn mustache" informed me that he was actually ethnically Jewish/African-American and that he had a lot of experience in this regard. The other two cops were Polish and Czech (Baltimore has everyone it seems). They did answer a lot of questions and got into a philosophical discussion with themselves about biraciality and how Biracials should not be forced to identify with either of their parent races just because of their parent races and that they should forge their own identity. Although their biggest surprise was the news when it came up that in all my years of living in the United States I have never had a Taco or a Hamburger. They asked if that was a British thing. I was later recommended that if I wanted to get more interesting results to visit Hartford, Jessup, Cecil and Salisbury county in Maryland as the local people there are known to be less than amicable to minorities especially Cecil county (which is where my American High School was located) which has a well established KKK membership (was not fun encountering those elements when I was a teenager).

Day 6: Waaaay to cold for anything to be done. Major shops and other places are closed due to inclement weather.

Day 7: No data to be found, except finding the wavy hair at war with the straight.

Day 8: As I was walking I came upon a wall that had the hashtag #blacklivesmatter posted all over it with faces of the dead. To my surprise there was a Nigerian name on the list, and it was my sister's friend that had been killed by police on January 1st. As I was observing the mural an African-American man walked by saying, "Nice to see a white man taking an interest and seeing what that's about." Well, for one thing, it's not fair to say that white people would have no interests in how these individuals died just because of the colour of their skin.

Day 9: No data collected

Day 10: No data collected

Day 11: I don't see how someone could mistake me for Al Sharpton. They said it was the hair but I don't see it. Frankly I'm too light to be confused with Al Sharpton, also I have no idea what Al Sharpton would be doing in Baltimore right now. Ran into another Nigerian assuming that I was British, so to surprise the person I switched my accent to a Pidgin English (a form of English spoken in Nigeria) one and enjoyed the surprise on the man's face.

Day 12: No data

Day 13: Not that I mind getting data, but I am receiving quite a lot more black on white discrimination from the black community in the city. Not that I don't know that everyone has the capacity to be racist, but when you as a biracial have it drilled into your head that it's just white americans that are racist it is quite jarring. I am slow to find much white on black discrimination though.

Day 14: No data

Day 15: No data

Day 16: How?????? How???? How can an African-American say I look like Frederick Douglas. There are a ton of differences between me and that civil rights history figure.

Day 28: Sometimes the glare from a racist person becomes very uncomfortable. If you can vividly feel it, focusing on other things becomes very tricky, whether in conversation with a friend unaware of what is going on, or eating. My first thoughts are, "who the hell are you, and why are you sending such looks my way, you don't know who I am, so why don't you go away." The thing about racism and prejudice that I've noticed these past few months directed my way, are that since it's looked down upon, people don't say anything, but their body language and eyes do. To those that act so towards myself and others, you are sabotaging yourself of opportunities that you don''t know might come your way. Hell that guy you are looking at that way could become the person you need to go to for help with mortgage, city management, law etc, and the first thing that person will remember upon seeing you, is the way you treated him without a word uttered.  I did make the endeavour to head out like I said I would and I reaped the "benefits" of it. I was with a friend and everything was going as normal in that restaurant until I stated that I was biracial and I guess people in restaurants somehow have super hearing or something.


Day 35: Ran into a member of the Ku-Klux Klan. We had a rather interesting conversation. He didn't assume me for white, he immediately figured I was biracial. The man was claiming that the group was not as violent as its earlier incarnations had been. That they KKK was now actively trying to recruit Blacks, Jews and homosexuals into their ranks in order to promote a more "American" image. Their new stance of hate and dislike it seems is against immigrants and those of the Islamic faith.

Day 36: Not so much to do with anything racial per say but the police force entered my apartment. It seems they were searching for the previous resident of the my abode and were surprised as they didn't know there was a white person living in the apartment now. 
Yauri by Ikechi1
Yauri

Collaboration with HopelessPandora 

Zamfara 

Kebbi and Gwari

Gobir, Katsina and Zaria

Daura

Fulani-Wodaabe

Fulani-Fula

Ibibio

Anaang

Egba-Yoruba

Oyo-Yoruba

Nupe

Fon

Hausa-Kano

Hausa-Zinder

Ekumeku-Igbo

Akpa-Ibom Isi

Ijaw

Nri-Igbo

Kanuri

Edo-Benin

Aro-Igbo

Itsekiri

Tribes side by side 

Blood of the Kingdoms story featuring all the characters


Government history


Disclaimer: As with all the other tribes and kingdoms this is meant to portray the history of this culture in an anthropomorphic light. This time it's the Yauri emirate. The main issue is that, according the JSTOR and the works I found in the library of congress, due main of the ruling families having a lot of feuds and conflicts within their borders and outside, a lot of written history has been lost. Therefore, some of this will be conjecture and speculation, based on what I have already posted with the other tribes as certain things did happen to the North simultaneously. Two things you can be extremely certain of, he fought the Songhai Empire, Fulani-Fula conquered him, and then the British later conquered him. 

      
        The origin of Yauri is the result of many tribes gathering together. Many peoples from different groups migrated to the area from regions as far as Mecca to get to the region and settle it. The confirmed groups that eventually fused together to form the Yauri were the Basawa-Fulani, the Kambari tribe from Mecca, the north African Nufawa, the Shangawa from East Africa and the Dukawa which were a relative of Kebbi. It seems that all these different groups led a harmonious and conflict free existence for several years, trading with each other and the outside world for a period of time. All the various groups were reported to great each other with respect by graciously bowing to each other, akin to modern Japanese greetings. After a period of time, somewhere around the 400s CE all groups merged to become the current incarnation of Yauri likely through a series of political and socially beneficial marriages. 

    Their peaceful nature was broken by the invasion of the Mali Empire in the 1300s who used the Borgu Kingdom as a proxy state to help them invade the Yauri. For a long period the Yauri were under the joint rule of the Yauri and Borgu Kingdom until the retreat of the Mali and the emergence of the Songhai Empire. Yauri finally rallied itslef together alon with many of the other Hausa states in order to repel the Songhai Empire which they were eventually successful in doing so which drastically changed the culture of the Yauri region. 

The troubles would not end for Yauri however, during the reign of Queen Amina, the Hausa and Gobir made their conquest of the lands that would become northern Nigeria and swept across. The conquered kingdoms were then called the Hausa Bakwai and due to Yauri's frequent disagreements with Gobir, he was branded as an outcast group and his feud with Gobir would continue into the 1800s. During this time Gobir and the British Empire encouraged a practice known as slave raiding to capture the people of Yauri. This created a situation where Yauri's only option was to side with Fulani-Fula when she was making her conquests across the North in order to create the Sokoto Caliphate.
 
Yauri was a grateful tribue state to Fulani-Fula but his once peaceful days were ended by the wave of colonialism that was occuring during Britain at the time and eventually Yauri was listed as being part of the new state of Northern Nigeria. Unlike most of the northern tribes of Nigeria he did not receive any particular benefits from Lord Frederick Lugard and was slightly desititue until Nigeria's independence in 1960. From then on with the northern wealth he was able to reconstitute and provide Fulani-Fula support during the Biafran War. Recently however in 2010 Yauri was seen providing support against the rogue insurgent group known as Boko Haram whilst accusing some of the northern states of supplying the group with arms.




    

So for this one I feel I should openly state my sources for this particular one at the bottom.


P. G. Harris

The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
Vol. 60, (Jul. - Dec., 1930), pp. 283-334
Published by: 
Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

Encyclopedia Britannica 

E. W. Bovill

Journal of the Royal African Society
Vol. 25, No. 98 (Jan., 1926), pp. 138-146
Published by: 
Oxford University Press

Brent Singleton

History in Africa
Vol. 31, (2004), pp. 357-368
Published by: 
African Studies Association

Ralph A. Austen and Jan Jansen

History in Africa
Vol. 23, (1996), pp. 17-28
Published by: 
African Studies Association

Brian J. Peterson

The Journal of African History
Vol. 49, No. 2 (2008), pp. 261-279
Published by: 
Cambridge University Press

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Disclaimer: Like previous Hetalia works this is to represent historical events in a anthropomorphic light as to better understand history before encouraging others to learn more on their own. This time we are looking at Zamfara. This will be scant as most of the history is oral and I will have to remove some of the more "fantastical" bits of their history to tell it proper.

Zamfara settled into her region circa the 11th century C.E and like many of the other cultures in the region, the only way she decided to survive was through economic trade. With the use of the the rivers Rima (to the North West) and Kaura (to the South West) Zamfara was able to engage in river trading making her a micro port city compared to many of the other Hausa states that would rely on Oasises for their source of water. With the use of two rivers farming became easy and for centuries she had a continous food surplus that made her extremely valuable to many of the other northern tribes for becoming a large food supply. Many of the northern tribes wanted to find a way to gain exclusive rights over her resources and away from the empires to the West of their lands like the Mali Empire and those that came after it. Though she did eventually participate in the wars that would push back those empires Zamfara was able to remain very politically neutral and peaceful for the most part.

To give an idea of her position in ancient times, Zamafara was the equivalent of an Islamic Switzerland in terms of its neutrality. With the resources that she had available, no state, not even the approaching Portuguese Empire wanted to break the trade deals, and did not interfere with her territory until the 16th century. Then things took a turn for the worse. A lot of the Northern tribes under Gobir's new Emirate adopted Hausa-Kano's tongue and her capital had to be shifted due to the Songhai Empire using her as a border test to eventually reclaim its former holdings in the area. Zamfara was forced to leave her former capital of Dutsi and form a new captial which she called Birnin Zamfara. Angered she and many of the other northern tribes staged successful retaliatory strikes against the Songhai Empire and drove them back.

After the successful defeat of the Songhai Empire in the mid 1600s to Zamfara's surprise Gobir declared war on her, desiring her tactical location that could successfully repel any more incursions from the west. Thus began a 15 year war between the two tribes that for the most part Zamfara was losing until pleas were sent to Katsina and Kebbi and the three smashed Gobir's ability to declare war. Though major combat operations were ended this would not stop Gobir from probing her territory over the years. This came to a head in the 1700s when Gobir made a decisive attack that burned her capital to the ground forcing her to flee. When she fled Gobir installed a puppet in the form of one of the smaller tribes, Yandoto and gave him his own city in the region, Yandoto city.

Zamfara ended up in what would become Niger where she sought refuge with Hausa-Zinder and many of the other tribes in the region. Zamafra would have to wait until the next century to even get a chance to break Gobir's holds over her lands. In a stroke of luck in 1804 Gobir made the mistake of angering one of the strongest tribes in the area, Fulani-Fula and Zamfara used the opportunity to provide whatever aid she could to Fulani-Fula to completely smash Gobir's power base and take control from Yandoto. Zamfara, Fulani-Woodabe, Fulani-Fula, Fulani-Ilorin and others who rallied to the cause of the Fulani-Jihad swept away the Hausa kingdoms establishing the Sokoto Caliphate which eventually became the Hausa-Fulani sokoto caliphate when Fulani-Fula cast her eyes on Hausa-Kano. As a reward for her service Zamfara was given back her lands and got a new capital named Anka in the middle 1800s with the new feature of it having a large Fulani population as part of its mix.

She started a new city as well called Gusau which became a trade city especially in dealing with the British, and she had a garrison city to deal with the likes of Gobir and Kebbi should the two ever feel like tampering with her borders. For most of the 19th century Zamfara was having an easy time, until Sir Frederick Lugard and the British empire decided that the north should be one of their colonies. The British took over and Gusau was used as a major trading port by them. Zamafara was the main point in the north for rail networks which would prove useful in both World Wars when the railways were used to allow French colonial troops to move from their nations into Nigeria to repel German colonial forces.

After Nigeria was established as a nation in 1960 Zamfara was part of a coalition called the North West states that acted a food supplier to Fulani-Fula and Hausa-Kano during the Biafran War against Nri-Igbo but still had semi-independent ambitions. But while she waited she turned Gusau into an intellectual powerhouse of a city, prompting many Islamic scholars to visit and marvel at the vast libraries she had. In the 1980s Zamfara's position was changed as a member of the North West States, to the single state of Sokoto where she was kept under the control of Hausa-Kano. She would finally get her wish in 1996 with Kanuri giving her a state under the Sani Abacha regime where she installed a version of Sharia Law in her new state. Despite this Zamafra encouraged a melting pot in her state, inviting Nri-Igbo, Tiv, Gwari,  Kamuku, Kambari, Dukawa, Bussawa, Yoruba, Kanuri, Zambara, and Nupe to all visit and have some of their people settle in her city. Her reasoning being that having such a melting pot would reduce hostile action from any part of Nigeria against her. When not pursuing intellectual pursuits she invested heavily in agriculture and gold farming in 2001 which would bloom in 2005. In 2002 Zamfara realized that she did not have a strong economic base for oil like many of the other tribes and instead decided to artificially create her own oil supply. It was not oil for fuel, rather it was vegetable oil which she found, through trial and error that she was able to extract from cotton making her one of the largest suppliers in vegetable oil.

Disclaimer: I cannot talk about the 2009 Zamfara gold poisoning epidemic as that is too recent to be considered proper history. I will properly go into detail regarding that history in 2019.
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Last year for my master's I wrote a thesis paper on the discrimination that Biracial individuals receive from all walks and facets of community and life depending on their mix and how much they lean towards it. Now what I plan to do since my skin tone leans to the more Caucasian side is to let my hair grow out. (it has to a ridiculous length) and I will go to a stylist and have my now annoyingly long hair changed to look more like it belongs on a Northern European individual and see if I am treated any differently for it. As for my voice, I sound like how Americans think a stereotypical British person sounds for the most part (you can hear the Igbo a bit if you know West African accents). I likely will but this will confirm or disprove what I wrote about in my thesis paper so that I can have physical evidence to back it up. I will walk around stores, drive down the street with a nice looking car (rented), and go to more "white areas" and see.


Day 1: First few hours after styling the hair, I am being constantly mistaken for a person of Spanish Origin. First notice of the day, went to a branch of my bank that I had not been to before. Decided to talk business with a Caucasian teller, gave a very warm and friendly handshake and spoke in gentle and pleasant tones. After business was conducted, pretended to sit down and wait to meet up with someone, saw individual greet a Black American client, conversation was noticeably a lot stiffer and teller was a lot less warm and inviting and seemed like he wanted the man to leave. Edit: It was pointed out that I did not state the behaviour of the client after me. He was, as is colloquially said, all smiles and tried to be friendly with the teller, more so than I was. Whilst I wore a t-shirt and jeans he wore a business suit, so logically he should have seemed a more desirable customer than I.

Day 2: Went book shopping for some textbooks, nothing occurred that I noticed. Will buy more textbooks when the rest become available. Learned that I need 3 different gels, had to learn to use them in order, and two kinds of brushes and a comb plus how to tie a bonnet around my hair properly and will have to purchase a hair dryer. Perhaps the most levity of the day was my fiance asking me if I wished to get my hair done with her at some unspecified date in the future. That should add more to people consistently mistaking me for a woman all the time but I digress. Just adding some filler, I should not realistically expect to find evidence of racism every single day, if I find less than I assumed then that should be a good thing right?

Day 3: No activity of note that occurred today except me somehow failing to properly use a hand held hair dryer. For those who asked here are the before and after pictures of my hair.
Archosauria - Win 20140211 204756 by Ikechi1

That was me before the style
ARCHOSAURIA - new hair by Ikechi1

This is myself now.

Day 4: Martin Luther King Jr Day, not expecting to get any data on this day.

Day 5: A lot more results and data this time. I sat on the bus near a bunch of Nigerians commenting in Igbo (Baltimore has a lot of Nigerians) on how that "white man" (me, though the word they were using for white person was not exactly a nice word) had been styling his hair. I told them after a while in Igbo that I could understand every word and they were in shock and asked how a "white man" could speak a Nigerian tongue and I had to inform them that I was half-Nigerian myself. I also surprised the Slovakian bus driver who was thinking that I was a British/Spanish mix. To note, even before the hair change I have never been acknowledged by Nigerians as being one even when I lived there because I looked to different from them so that was not exactly new. Especially in my home village I had to convince a lot of the people that I was my mother's son :). In more interesting news I sat down for hot chocolate in Starbucks after buying some textbooks ($500 to rent a bunch of textbooks for just one semester is a robbery in my opinion). Then I had the opportunity to run into 3 police officers who immediately spotted that I was mixed from the onset, they said it was their job to be observant about facial structures and genetics when doing forensics and other law related things. Interested in my paper one of the policemen, who looked as Stereotypically white as you can possibly get, complete with a semi "porn mustache" informed me that he was actually ethnically Jewish/African-American and that he had a lot of experience in this regard. The other two cops were Polish and Czech (Baltimore has everyone it seems). They did answer a lot of questions and got into a philosophical discussion with themselves about biraciality and how Biracials should not be forced to identify with either of their parent races just because of their parent races and that they should forge their own identity. Although their biggest surprise was the news when it came up that in all my years of living in the United States I have never had a Taco or a Hamburger. They asked if that was a British thing. I was later recommended that if I wanted to get more interesting results to visit Hartford, Jessup, Cecil and Salisbury county in Maryland as the local people there are known to be less than amicable to minorities especially Cecil county (which is where my American High School was located) which has a well established KKK membership (was not fun encountering those elements when I was a teenager).

Day 6: Waaaay to cold for anything to be done. Major shops and other places are closed due to inclement weather.

Day 7: No data to be found, except finding the wavy hair at war with the straight.

Day 8: As I was walking I came upon a wall that had the hashtag #blacklivesmatter posted all over it with faces of the dead. To my surprise there was a Nigerian name on the list, and it was my sister's friend that had been killed by police on January 1st. As I was observing the mural an African-American man walked by saying, "Nice to see a white man taking an interest and seeing what that's about." Well, for one thing, it's not fair to say that white people would have no interests in how these individuals died just because of the colour of their skin.

Day 9: No data collected

Day 10: No data collected

Day 11: I don't see how someone could mistake me for Al Sharpton. They said it was the hair but I don't see it. Frankly I'm too light to be confused with Al Sharpton, also I have no idea what Al Sharpton would be doing in Baltimore right now. Ran into another Nigerian assuming that I was British, so to surprise the person I switched my accent to a Pidgin English (a form of English spoken in Nigeria) one and enjoyed the surprise on the man's face.

Day 12: No data

Day 13: Not that I mind getting data, but I am receiving quite a lot more black on white discrimination from the black community in the city. Not that I don't know that everyone has the capacity to be racist, but when you as a biracial have it drilled into your head that it's just white americans that are racist it is quite jarring. I am slow to find much white on black discrimination though.

Day 14: No data

Day 15: No data

Day 16: How?????? How???? How can an African-American say I look like Frederick Douglas. There are a ton of differences between me and that civil rights history figure.

Day 28: Sometimes the glare from a racist person becomes very uncomfortable. If you can vividly feel it, focusing on other things becomes very tricky, whether in conversation with a friend unaware of what is going on, or eating. My first thoughts are, "who the hell are you, and why are you sending such looks my way, you don't know who I am, so why don't you go away." The thing about racism and prejudice that I've noticed these past few months directed my way, are that since it's looked down upon, people don't say anything, but their body language and eyes do. To those that act so towards myself and others, you are sabotaging yourself of opportunities that you don''t know might come your way. Hell that guy you are looking at that way could become the person you need to go to for help with mortgage, city management, law etc, and the first thing that person will remember upon seeing you, is the way you treated him without a word uttered.  I did make the endeavour to head out like I said I would and I reaped the "benefits" of it. I was with a friend and everything was going as normal in that restaurant until I stated that I was biracial and I guess people in restaurants somehow have super hearing or something.


Day 35: Ran into a member of the Ku-Klux Klan. We had a rather interesting conversation. He didn't assume me for white, he immediately figured I was biracial. The man was claiming that the group was not as violent as its earlier incarnations had been. That they KKK was now actively trying to recruit Blacks, Jews and homosexuals into their ranks in order to promote a more "American" image. Their new stance of hate and dislike it seems is against immigrants and those of the Islamic faith.

Day 36: Not so much to do with anything racial per say but the police force entered my apartment. It seems they were searching for the previous resident of the my abode and were surprised as they didn't know there was a white person living in the apartment now. 

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Im a guy thats not afraid to say what i think and i like to be open minded

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Toshinden-fanclub Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello could i well ask you for an request? Or an eventual Art exchange? Painter:P (Lick)
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TheUltimateDarkness Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Hey man!

Don't suppose you've heard about Primal Carnage: Extinction?
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I'm very aware of it
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TheUltimateDarkness Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
I feel the rage in the text lol

BTW what's your name on the forums if I may ask?
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Thanks a lot for faving my Paleontologists! :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
as a guy who digs dinosaurs (dig in the excavate sense) and history I appreciate you showcasing famous historical contributors to the history of the field, including the Queen of Paleontology herself. I wonder if you would do characters like 'Georges Cuvier and the mastodon' or
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I am very glad that People who actually dig up dinosaurs take interest in my drawings! :D Thank you very much for the sugesstion! I will write Georges Cuvier and his Mastodon on the list :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cuvier is known for may other discoveries such as Mosasaurus yes, but he really helped fix the idea that extinct was a thing with the mastodon and proved that the Indian and African elephants were different animals using the Mastodon fossils. I believe you can see in my much older gallery the Camarasaurus that we dug up
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David-Dennis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You're pretty amazing...
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