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Q&A Could penguins evolve to have fingers?

I've been trying to make a penguin-like humanoid race for a pretty long time now. I want to make them as realistic as possible. And I know such creatures could not exist in the real world, but I w...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Thormind‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Thormind‭

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Q&A More Human-Like Secretary Birds

So, I am dealing with a certain trouble that I'll need a help with. In my fantasy story, there is artificially formed species (magically created, but non-magic anatomy rules apply) of "humanized" ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Failus Maximus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Failus Maximus‭

Question biology avian anatomy
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Q&A Would it be possible for humans to fly with mechanical wings?

This is something I'm thinking about. Now, these would be wings that are not powered by the person themself, since we do not have the strength for it (and I don't want to use legs). They'd be power...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Jenny‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Jenny‭

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Q&A I want my gryphons and birdfolk to have facial expressions. How?

So, Both birdfolk and gryphons have a head structure, similar to that of birds of prey, i.e: forward facing eyes. Sure, the color of the plumage and the beak-type can vary, but one problem is still...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A How CAN You Justify Melalo's Dorsal Casque?

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Melalo, described in the Book of Creatures website as "the oldest and most feared of Ana's children." His name literally means "filthy", "dirty" or even "obscene"....

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Why would a bird have split wings?

On my world there is a creature that has a 'split' in the plumage of its wings and tail. Instead of having a singular D-shaped surface (when viewed from above, the bird facing to the left), it is ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A Would we notice ridiculously healthy birds?

Consider the following situation: Over the last 2 to 3 years, all the world's birds and bats outside of those in human captivity or domestication have stopped getting sick; sick - even terminally s...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Monty Wild‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monty Wild‭

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Q&A Would giving human-like sentience to a bird make the bird too energy expensive to fly?

If hawks or eagles (or any creature that can fly like a hawk) had the same ability to pronounce words as parrots but also had consciousness (what I mean by that is that they can scout and describe ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Hasan Alsudani‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hasan Alsudani‭

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Q&A Could you make Bat wings shaped like the different kinds of Bird wings?

I've been designing an an intelligent, bat-inspired avian race, and I've been struck with a question that I need answered. Now, I want to have these bats to fulfill different types of ecological n...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭

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Q&A Penguins in the Not-Arctic, how would this affect the poor seals

In a not so different fantasy world, whose physics and thus are similar to our own how would including penguins affect the look and function of a typical arctic ecosystem. For the purposes of this...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Avian adaptation to microgravity and low gravity environments

I like to hear the sound of birds when I travel amongst my orbital and planetary habitats scattered around the outer system. Most of these settlements are very densely populated - what you might ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chairman Yang‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Chairman Yang‭

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Q&A Maximum scale for "bumblebee" flight?

Bumblebees famously cannot fly under fixed wing aerodynamics--and they don't. Rather, they "row" the air, moving their wings back and forth and varying the pitch to push air down like a reciprocati...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭

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Q&A Could a hexapodal bat actually fly?

Sequel to this question. Basically, I've been designing an intelligent avian race based on bats. After reading through some of the answers for the linked question, I've decided that these bats wil...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭

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Q&A Can birds evolve without trees?

I wonder whether the birds or other flying animals heavier than air could evolve without trees of other protruding objects?

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

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Q&A The Giant Roc and Pulse Jet propulsion

I am currently in the process of making a world, and am trying to ground it in scientific fact as much as possible. The world is a hard magic setting, and while fantastical creatures exist, they ar...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Exec_Jack‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Exec_Jack‭

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Q&A The Crowman race to space!

In this answer https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/25219/50641 (to the attached question) one of their counter points was "oh, crows use tools, therefore, human advantage negated". That got ...

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

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Q&A Keeping the dodos out of the field

About 100 people settled in a tropical area near a seashore five years ago. They've been feeding themselves by hunting and fishing, but now they're also trying to grow crops, including hemp and cor...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by SarahWriter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SarahWriter‭

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Q&A Uplifted animals have parts of their "brain" in various locations of their body. Where?

Looking at the case of Mike, I realized decentralizing the brain might not be infeasible. The idea is if Horus, the brown falcon, doesn't have enough room in his skull, then why not move various fu...

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

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Q&A Is the Avian species from the game Starbound plausible?

I apologize if this question is not written up to standards, I am rather new to this site. I have been an avid fan of chucklefish's acclaimed sandbox title, Starbound, for a number of years now a...

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

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Q&A Making Beaks More like Hands

For a highly intelligent avian dinosaur whose grasping and manipulating appendages have all but vanished, there are options : for the species to evolve beaks that are better fine manipulators, or c...

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

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Q&A A Raptorial Parrot

This scenario is based on the kea, the world's only alpine parrot. Even though it eats plants like other parrots, it also eats meat, and therefore could be New Zealand's answer to the smaller d...

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

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Q&A Metal-Feathered Macaw Viability Part 2: Best Wing Shape?

More posts from this thread are here: Metal-Feathered Macaw Viability Part 1: How Can It Fly? Info See this previous question to learn about the premise. We now know, via this amazing answer, ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by FoxElemental‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by FoxElemental‭

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Q&A How could bird people map the air?

For sentient avians, knowing the location and behavior of currents in the air would be vitally important. Jet streams, thermals, downdrafts, and shear layers would all be important in their daily l...

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

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Q&A Could the Hoatzins wings evolve into arms

The Hoatzin is a jungle bird whose only remarkable trait, other than looking fabulous, is that their wings have fingers. Is it possible that these wing fingers could evolve into arms? What abou...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Four legs vs two legs

How would a four-legged bird's flight differ from a regular two-legged one? Would it be slower in flight but have more power taking off? The bird in question is modeled on a bird of prey. (four leg...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ajnatorix Zersolar‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Ajnatorix Zersolar‭

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Q&A Ergonomically correct eagle riders in the modern age

Since Tolkien put people riding on giant eagles in his books (or maybe even before that), the imaginarium of riding the winds on the back of magnificent birds has generated a plethora of images and...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Mindwin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mindwin‭

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Q&A Using feathers as fingers

Recently, I've been struggling to create an avian race that evolved hands to replace its wings. The consensus on that question was that it was not evolutionarily realistic for the bones of a wing t...

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

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Q&A How will birds be different on a <1g world?

First, I guess the conditions of the world are in order. It's approximately 85% the mass of earth and there is going to be a full ecosystem with all the usual types of bugs, insects, trees, and pre...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by achinaghost52‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by achinaghost52‭

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Q&A Possible cause of a world without flying animals

Consider an earth-like world without any flying species. What could be the possible (I'm looking for a physics or chemistry/biology answer) cause of this? Set aside trivial solutions as "rando...

14 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Noldor130884‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Noldor130884‭

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Q&A Are talons and beak good enough for advanced manipulation?

I know that birds like crows and parrots can use basic tools, and some questions on the site have stated that re-evolving hands isn't worth the trouble/is outright impossible. However crows don't ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Armind‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Armind‭

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Q&A Will my bird likely be able to fly in this atmosphere on this planet?

I'm working on a species of large bird, and trying to determine whether they will be able to fly or not. I know that this equation likely applies: $$ A = \cfrac{L}{\cfrac{1}{2} v^2 \rho C_L} $$ ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A What are some assumptions we could make about the linguistics of a civilization evolved from birds?

Suppose they have non-flexible beaks, but they still posses vocal cords and a tongue capable of producing the same sounds as humans. Variation of these bird-people are as follows: What types of ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by joao sturza‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by joao sturza‭

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Q&A Viability of an upper-jaw-only beak?

Say we have an organism with the beak of a raptor (the bird type, not the dinosaur), but instead of a full beak, it only has a mandible on the upper jaw, while the lower jaw just has a jaw bone lik...

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

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Q&A The Western Birds--Ideal Substitutes to the Penguins?

Anytime one thinks "flightless bird" and "aquatic bird" put together, one would immediately think of Sphenisciformes, the penguins. But during the Late Cretaceous, there swam a different kind of f...

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

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Q&A Hollow-boned Humanoids

I have a race of humanoids (soarfolk) who, as their name suggests, basically went from normal humans to humans with wings, hollow bones and feathers. Normal humans still exist, and interact with so...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Nathaniel Solyn‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Nathaniel Solyn‭

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Q&A What would cause turkeys to be intelligent?

In the spirit of Thanksgiving (US) let's tackle a fun one. I'm defining "intelligent" in this situation as "at least on par with hunter-gatherer humans, able to communicate" What natural, environm...

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

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Q&A Planet of the Aves: Tool use

On the planet of the Aves, birds have evolved to dominate the Earth instead of mammals. Of the thousands of species in this world, both on the ground and in the water, the only one to develop sapie...

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

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Q&A Planet of the Aves: Aquabirds

In my world, instead of mammals, birds have become the dominant order. Similar to how Quadrabirds replaced the grazing mammals; Aquabirds will take up the niche cetaceans occupy. My goal is that t...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Planet of the Aves: Quadrabirds

In the world I am designing, instead of mammals, birds are the dominant species. In this world, replacing the niche of deer gazelle and cattle are a group of animals known as Quadrabirds. These are...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Planet of the Aves: First Steps

On our own world, following the fall of the dinosaurs, mammals became the dominant class. This was caused by a cluster of factors, such as the rapidly changing temperatures and their ability to ada...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Evolving an intelligent avian race with a human-like appearance

Having read this excellent question and its answers, I've tried to come up with an evolutionary history for a sapient, avian race that populates part of a world I'm building. I'd like feedback as t...

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

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Q&A Could a large bird be used as transportation?

Sometimes I reminisce about the giant eagles from The Lord of the Rings and two things come to mind: Boy, I wish I could have my own giant eagle! Could a bird even carry something that heavy on i...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by jackwise‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by jackwise‭

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Q&A What could cause an avian species to become intelligent?

There have been a few questions about an intelligent avian species lately and they have gotten me thinking. It seems to me that it would be hard for an avian species to evolve to be more intellige...

16 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by overactor‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by overactor‭

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Q&A Creating a fully aquatic bird

I was wondering if a full aquatic bird could exist and not be on, or return to land at any developmental stage, basically, to be completely independent of land. I already know that there are some a...

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

Question biology avian
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Q&A Humanity With Avian Lungs

In mammals - and that includes us humans - the lungs make up 7% of the total body volume. This allows us to inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, thanks to the pulmonary alveoli. But bird lungs...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by JohnWDailey‭

Question biology humans avian
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Q&A Creating a species with birdlike bone structure

I'm working on creating a race of humanoids with "hollow" bones like birds (they have criss-crossing struts for internal support). They are short - an individual is unlikely to top five feet. Woul...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by CoolCurry‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by CoolCurry‭

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Q&A What are the advantages of four wings over two wings?

On a certain planet, there is a large population of falcon-like birds. They dominate the avian ecosystem. However, a population of nearly-identical birds soon finds its way in. The only difference ...

9 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by HDE 226868‭

Question biology avian