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Q&A What anatomical changes would you need to get 1 ton ride-able rodent?

So, I've decided that in my fantasy fiction, I want to have Megabara riders. Massive Capybaras, being ridden into a battle. I've done some basic research and I came across this extinct species tha...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Failus Maximus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Failus Maximus‭

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Q&A Utility of a domesticated dwarf elephant

In prehistoric times, there used to be a dwarf elephant species in many Mediterranean islands. They were about 1.5-2 meters high, but probably became extinct before the arrival of the first human b...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by McTroopers‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by McTroopers‭

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Q&A What giant insects would fill the role of our domesticated cattle?

All our mammalian friends are replaced by domesticated giant insects! Man's best friend are now dog-sized hissing cockroaches, fireflies are lighting our houses and harvestmen are used for transpor...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pelle Lundkvist‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pelle Lundkvist‭

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Q&A Realistic alternatives to Horses

Mounts are one of the coolest things about fantasy in my opinion. Riding around on raptors, dragons, elephants and even weirder things is one of the main draws to a lot of fantasy things. However,...

13 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Titanide‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Titanide‭

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Q&A Could moose/elk survive in the Amazon forest?

In my story, there is a civilization living in the Amazon rainforest. They need some time of mount that is adapted to the forest. I don't think horses can survive by themselves in there, so I was t...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Onix‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Onix‭

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Q&A Why did Europeans not widely domesticate foxes?

So I've been thinking for a while about making a world where cats aren't as common and instead are more of a regional domesticated animal, replaced in (mostly Northwestern) Europe by foxes. How co...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nierninwa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nierninwa‭

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Q&A What makes an animal suitable for domestication?

What makes an animal suitable for domestication? I know it has something to do with the danger to productivity ratio. But this is not helpful for fantasy animals in the worlds we build. What factor...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Entelodont domestication

Description So fellas have you ever head of pig from hell, well if you haven't its called the Entelodont and it is an extinct pig like omnivorous mammal that resembles a giant boar. It is thought ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A Horses went extinct, people domesticated something else. - What is it and what would change?

Assuming that horses went extinct early in history, what would replace the horse, and how would the change in domesticated animal affect the development of the first civilizations? Info on horse e...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Malady‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Malady‭

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Q&A How can sharks be domesticated to become man's best friend?

I have had an ingenious idea of combining the two most dangerous creatures the world has ever seen by using my massive and titanic intellect. Mankind, the deadliest land mammal, and sharks, the mos...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A What qualities are necessary for an effective herd creature?

What qualities about a land-dwelling creature are absolutely necessary to maintain an effective herd of that creature for food and/or resources? Assume this is an earth-like environment.

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Maximillian‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Maximillian‭

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Q&A Could Ice Age vikings practice large-scale domestication?

So in this book series I'm writing (link here if you want to know more about that), there is this planet called Ryu 108. The planet is made up of two continents. The southern continent is heavily f...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A How fast could a hominid evolve to run?

This is question is related to the medieval world from my earlier question in which several types of intelligent hominids evolved in isolation, until they were rediscovered, conquered, and bred int...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Random‭

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Q&A What land based animals lend themselves to domestication?

As a variation to my previous question about the domestication of microbes So my question is : which animals lend themselves to domestication?

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Marine Animals best suited for domestication?

What marine or brackish water animals would be best for domestication attempts by a semi-aquatic civilization? Bonus Points for those that get me pet/domesticated sharks!

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Thalassan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Thalassan‭

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Q&A How large can a terrestrial, territorial pack carnivore get before we can no longer domesticate it?

Let us assume that we are settlers on some alien land and we run into a terrestrial, territorial pack carnivore among the local fauna. This animal has many of the traits needed for domestication: ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Shalvenay‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Shalvenay‭

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Q&A What qualities could a hominid evolve to make it a better farmer?

BACKGROUND I'm working on a medieval world in which homo sapiens domesticated several other species of intelligent hominids during their prehistory, at first enslaving them to take advantage of sp...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Random‭

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Q&A Could Servals be trained to hunt

The Serval is a fairly muscular, dog sized African wild cat. While doing research on them for other worldbuilding purposes, I began to think that these animals could make great hunting pets, if t...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Could circa-1600 humans have domesticated or tamed kangaroos?

The article Why Can't All Animals Be Domesticated? on Live Science sets out a list of criteria that a species needs to meet in order to be successfully domesticated by humans. In short, that list s...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How do I use late Victorian mad-science to tame lost world megafauna?

The Scenario: My late Victorian Era mad scientist wants to domesticate the dinosaurs and mammalian megafauna of his "Lost World" island getaway, for use as companions, guardians, draft animals, and...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Random‭

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Q&A What American animals would have been domesticated had they not gone extinct?

Here are some lists of North American and South American megafauna that went extinct during the Quaternary. In Eurasia, many species of large mammal were domesticated, most particularly the 'big 4...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A If Our Horses Came From the OTHER Subspecies

It has become common knowledge among mammalologists that the origins of our most iconic rides, the horse, stemmed from the tarpan, a breed of wild horse that became extinct as recently as 1909 CE. ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Domesticated Whales?

On my planet, the only animals are plankton, krill, shrimp, etc., but no fish or land animals. The colonists on this planet have brought equipment and embryos from the home world, but the only free...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Landon Boyd‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Landon Boyd‭

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Q&A How useful would small, domesticated, omnivorous bears be?

I have a native tribe in pre-Columbus America that has successfully domesticated small, omnivorous bears. They are similar in size to Sun Bears [120"“150 cm (47"“59 in) / 27"“80 kg (60"“176 lb)]. I...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Care_Bear‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Care_Bear‭

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Q&A Can swine be used as beasts of burden?

In my story, a group of people were stranded on an uninhabited 600 km2 sized island. They were forced to glide there due to fuel starvation of the airplane. Its only "domesticated" animal are feral...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by SuperYoshikong‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by SuperYoshikong‭

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Q&A Could the Aztecs have domesticated the Collared Peccary

The Collared Peccary is not the name of the greatest man stripper under the sun, but is a species of mammal in the family Tayassuidae found in North, Central, and South America. They are commonly r...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Feasibility of domesticating herds of carnivores

In the real world we live in, people mostly domesticated herbivores like cattle. Some of the reasons for this are: They are efficient in terms of cost and profit. A cow simply takes in grass whic...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Gökhan Kurt‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Gökhan Kurt‭

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Q&A What made silphium difficult to domesticate?

I am trying my hand at a matriarchal society (human beings, technology similar to Earth's 13th - 16th century), and I find that for that to work they will need reasonably efficient contraceptives (...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Luís Henrique‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Luís Henrique‭

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Q&A Could mankind have domesticated the zebra as a riding animal?

There are various arguments on the web stating that the domestication of zebras is impossible, because zebras are bad tempered and skittish, and/or animals elsewhere are even-tempered and friendly....

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by DrBob‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by DrBob‭

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Q&A The Domesticated Elephant

Domestication of otherwise wild animals go way back. Cats have been our best weapons against rodents for 10,000 years. We had been breeding sheep and goats for their milk and mutton for almost as...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Rapid artificial weathering of basalt by domestic vegetation

The world of Baros (b'a:rəs) has low gravity (around 0.5g), thick, moist atmosphere (2-3 bar), and lots of volcanoes. Humans mostly inhabit sunny elevated areas, separated by relatively dark and C...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Dallaylaen‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Dallaylaen‭

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Q&A What would be the effects of the common house cat rapidly acquiring flight ability?

Assuming planet Earth, with considerable amounts of pets per household (96 million cats in the US alone), what would be the social and ecological consequences of all domestic cats acquiring flight ...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dan Dascalescu‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Dan Dascalescu‭