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Denkir IV was the fourth planet in its star system, known for its aquatic life.

Aquatic lifeforms evolution table

Diagram of the evolution of aquatic lifeforms

The study of the evolution of intelligent life on Denkir IV was a common lesson in classrooms on both the USS Enterprise-D and Deep Space 9. A large okudagram depicting various aquatic lifeforms and their biological relationships was often seen on display. (TNG: "The Child", DS9: "The Nagus")

The table was first seen in the nursery in "The Child". It later appeared in the schoolroom aboard the Enterprise-D in "The Offspring", "Reunion", "Imaginary Friend", "Rascals", and "Masks". It also appeared in the biolab in "New Ground" and in the classroom aboard Deep Space 9 in "Cardassians".
The diagram was created by Rick Sternbach, illustrating the "evolution of intelligent life on the planet Denkir IV", from a (non-Trek) science fiction story he wrote.


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Denkir IV (back) as imagined by Sternbach

The term "Denkir" (which appeared a number of times) dates back to a non-Trek related SF story written by Rick Sternbach. [1] He created some art for the story, including a painting meaning to depict Denkir IV from the perspective of its inner moon, which he later re-used as set artwork. Copies of this painting can be found displayed aboard the USS Enterprise-D in the observation lounge and in guest quarters. (TNG: "The Child", "The Price") Marla Aster also had a copy of the painting in her quarters aboard the Enterprise. (TNG: "The Bonding")

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