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Agnatha :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 0 0 Vertebrata :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 0 2 Sashi :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 0 0 Barack Obama :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 1 0 Rick Grimes :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 0 0 Superman :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 2 2 The Wright Brothers :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 0 3 Edgar Allan Poe :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 1 4 The Ghostbusters :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 0 2 The MythBusters :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 2 0 Mythbusters Sketch :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 1 3 Ghostbusters Sketch :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 3 1 Mr. T sketch :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 0 0 Mr.T :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 2 3 William Wallace :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 2 3 William Wallace Sketch :iconnerdroditie:Nerdroditie 1 0


One hour: Fox Sketch :iconloonaris:Loonaris 56 1 Galactic Empire Emblem :iconcervaheart:cervaheart 9 3 The Cysteine Chapel :iconvelica:Velica 25 6 Casual Muse: Colour :iconzumad:Zumad 3 2 Perspicacity :icongracefulsunshine:gracefulsunshine 430 50 Red Fox and Morning Glory :iconravenari:Ravenari 139 29 getting into the details. :iconthekayesen:thekayesen 12 0 FE SS 2015 for hpanna47 :iconcrystalleearts:CrystalLeeArts 16 3 Sailprobe :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 626 139 Gaia :icongoldeenherself:GoldeenHerself 18 5 Mercury :icongoldeenherself:GoldeenHerself 25 1 Venus :icongoldeenherself:GoldeenHerself 24 0 Frog and Mushrooms :iconravenari:Ravenari 58 12 Inside - 86507 :iconkreativevolution:kreativEVOLUTION 224 37 Quick Ammonite :iconhyrotrioskjan:Hyrotrioskjan 143 27 Ouranos 2015 :icongoldeenherself:GoldeenHerself 23 1


The first of the seven classes of Vertebrata, Superclass Agnatha.

So far, the designs I've come up with for this project have been based on European heraldry. I wanted to try something a bit different this time, and took inspiration from Japanese emblems called Mons. There are no set rules for Mon design, but most feature a roundel and an abstract design. In this case, I depicted the two extant groups of Agnatha - the lampreys and hagfish - with that characteristic jawless grin. Though, they may be a bit detailed for a proper Mon. I also added a scroll and some mantling (in this case representing a spinal cord without a vertabral column) in order to maintain consistency with the other emblems.

Agnatha means No Jaw. They first appeared in the Cambrian, and two groups remain today; the Lampreys and the Hagfish. Today there are only around 120 species of Agnathans, but they were much more prolific among the early fish of the Paleozoic. Hagfish are unique in that they have lost their spinal column; making them the only known organisms with a skull but no backbone.
Guess what? I have a blog. check out Lauren's Super Science Fiction Blog for book reviews and all sorts of ramblings.
Surprise! I have returned with another biology coat of arms. This time we have a sub-phylum, Vertebrata. 

Vertebrates belong to the animal kingdom, and the chordata phylum. They can be roughly divided into two camps: Fish, such as the X-ray Tetra, and tetrapods, such as the cheetah. They are differentiated from other chordates by the vertebral column, a segmented structure of hard vertebrae and flexible joints. Some vertebrates lose this anatomy when entering into adulthood. All Vertebrates are built on the chordate body plan, with the mouth at the front, anus at the end, brain function concentrated in the head, and a central nervous system. All vertebrates possess gills, though most tetrapods lose them while still embryos.  

This sub-phylum contains about 64,000 species known to science. The Vertebrates make up the overwhelming majority of phylum Chordata, but only 4% of the Animal Kingdom. They first appear in the fossil record around 525 million years ago, during the Cambrian Explosion. Myllokunmingia is believed to be the earliest vertebrate, however it can not be proven that it was far enough along the path to erm... growing a backbone. 

You may have noticed that I did not include a motto on this one. I was tempted, but I have a feeling that I'll be doing a lot more coat of arms in the future; I have seven classes to do soon. I don't think I'll be able to think of mottos for all of them, so I'm just going to keep that as a kingdom thing.


Lauren Holmes
Current Residence: Gosford
Favourite genre of music: Metal
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Hello everyone

I haven't been on Deviantart much lately. Work has been busy and when I'm not at work or being sociable, I've been working on a new novel. It was supposed to be a novella, but then it go longer. It's short and unlike anything else I have ever written, but I find it is using up most of my time and creativity. And you know what, I'm not really complaining. It's nearly finished and I think it'll be good. This schedule has kept me from making visual artwork, but maybe I'll share some of my short stories on this site in the future.

I'm taking a break from my ERB card project, and instead have started a new project. A series inspired by both modern Sci-Fi movies and 1940's SF pulp magazines. Unfortunately, the first entry in this series is requiring a lot more time and detail than I imagined, so it might be a while before I post it.

Now that I might be having a bit more time on my hands, I'll try to be on DA more often. In the meantime though, I've just got to jettison all the notifications that have built up over the past few months. Sorry about that.

So stay tuned... hopefully this time, I will stay on for a while and put up more content. Hopefully.    
  • Listening to: Iron Maiden
  • Reading: The Princess Bride - William Goldman
  • Playing: Pokemon



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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday. Haven't seen you in forever. Hope you're ok.
Birthday cake  icon  Cake emoji kawaii cake 
Nerdroditie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
Thanks. I'm doing well, just been too busy working on my novel and my blog to make visual art here for a while, sorry for the worry. Got a new Biological Heraldic piece to put up though, so hopefully I'll be a bit more active for a while.

Nice to see I was missed :D
Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Happy birthday. :cake: :party:
Nerdroditie Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
Thanks for that :D 

Had so much fun I'm only back after a few weeks lol
Thagirion Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Easter.
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Nerdroditie Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Thanks. Same to you :D Enjoy the spring :)
Kieran89 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sorry that it's months late, but thanks for the fav!
Nerdroditie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
No problem :)
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the fav :)
MichaelNN Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday :party: :hug: :party:
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