As the flora of northern Glicker started to retake the rather empty areas of the north the corpse-bearing pipents found more food sources inland. Therefore some of these left the rivers to live only in the land and adapted accordingly. The chunky pipent split from its ancestor. After that they spread throughout the north of Glicker from the Flisch taiga to the Yokto temperate forest. In most biomes where they arrived they out-competed their older ancestors the norats driving them to extinction.
The chunky pipent is well adapted to the life of an herbivore in the cold snowy north. It has large wooden front teeth used to chew any plant part in its way and can also lean forward on its front legs on plants as it chews their upper parts. In order to survive the cold it has evolved a fatty layer in its body as well as lots of fat around its large head. Also in order to avoid as much contact with the snowy ground its pseudo-finger evolved into a heel like structure in its back feet.
They still have the known pipe though as they rarely go for a swim it is hardly used. They maintained their ancestors’ intelligence and social behavior including their known laughter. In the harsh winter they also tend to cluster tight together in order to keep each other warm.
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