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Q&A How to explain a mermaid's tail morphing into legs and vice versa?

I know a tadpole can do this transformation, given enough time, so what about mermaids?

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by PinoBatch‭

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Q&A Anatomically Correct Vanara

Apart of the Anatomically Correct Series Vanara The Vanara is a group of people who lives in the forest in the Hindu epic "Ramayana." In there, it describes them as human-like, with reference to...

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

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Q&A What evolutionary pressures would lead to solitary hominids?

Solitary humanoids aren't uncommon in works of fantasy/cryptozoology with Bigfoot coming to mind. What I want to know is What evolutionary pressures would lead to solitary humanoids? Some character...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Is the existence of vertically shaped pupils, with a hawk eyesight, biologically possible?

The eyes with vertical pupils of small cats and some reptiles are very good at seeing better in the dark and avoiding being blinded thanks to their ability to regulate the amount of light that ente...

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

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Q&A toilet for mermaid?

I want to know what kind of toilet design for mermaid is, considering they live surrounded by water and they poop through the anus (or whatever the organs name is) that located in the front rather ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A What's a possible justification for Giants not taking over the world?

An extension to another question about Why would humans be the dominant species? In my story Giants, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to why...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A What environment would Giants be best adapted for?

In my story Giants, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what sort of environment (on earth) would best suit them? some basic characteristics ...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Could a centaur eat something that is poisonous to humans but not horses?

I know theoretically the human stomach is above the centaur's stomach so the obvious answer would be no. But seeing as centaurs aren't real and we don't know what their internal biolody would look...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by AshaC33‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by AshaC33‭

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Q&A How do you explain a "brooder" sex evolutionarily?

I've seen several people independently come up with the idea of three or more sexes where one sex is responsible for brooding the young (pregnancy, pouch, feeding, something along those lines) but ...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Ettina Kitten‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Ettina Kitten‭

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Q&A How would a species be unable to produce steel?

The antagonist of my story trades steel with a non-human, and non-humanoid, race, in return for a magical substance. They place great value in steel as they cannot manufacture it themselves. That i...

21 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by SealBoi‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by SealBoi‭

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Q&A Civlization with no domestication

Let's have your typical fantasy world, with many races. During searching what I could do to make humans a little special, someone give me idea of letting them to be only race that have ability to d...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Guy with jewels' names‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Guy with jewels' names‭

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Q&A What might be an effective mode of transportation for Giants?

In my story Giants, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what might be an effective mode of transportation for 10 foot tall Giants with Ancien...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A What environment would Orcs be best adapted for?

In my story Orcs, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what sort of environment (on earth) would best suit them? so basic characteristics of m...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Could these trolls exist?

In a world I'm designing, a group of Homo Habilis or even Australopithecus Afarensis migrated into a northern Scotland environment becoming Trolls. These are not D&amp;D trolls, but something else....

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Why do gargoyles have wings when they can't fly?

Gargoyles are bipedal, slow-moving animals that lurk on rooftops and eat pigeons. The rumors of gargoyles being magical construct are false; in truth they're just animals that have adapted to urban...

11 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Archtea‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Archtea‭

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Q&A Could a frozen ocean support a nomadic race of people?

This is a another sequel to my Plutonian questions, but I've decided to take a break from them and focus on another part of the world. Basically, my version of Pluto has five continents, each a si...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Daikyu Maryu‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Daikyu Maryu‭

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Q&A What evolutionary pressures would lead to Elves?

In my story Elves, Humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what evolutionary pressures would to a group of divergent hominids to evolve into Elve...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A How do I explain the long life spans of Elves?

Elves in fantasy are commonly depicted as having long life spans and that applies to my story as well with Elves on average living between 250 and 270 years. The question is how would this work and...

15 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A How might a group of hominids keep an accurate record of their history?

In my story Halflings and Goblins have a somewhat accurate knowledge of their history, despite being spread over multiple continents. Now for the longest time humans weren't that good at keeping ac...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A What evolutionary pressures would lead to Orcs?

In my story Orcs, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what evolutionary pressures would to a group of divergent hominids to evolve into Orcs?...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Biological Features Necessary for a Humanoid to Have a Much Higher Rate of Reproduction?

So for this question there's a Mad Scientist/Dark Lord that wants to engineer a race that can out breed mankind and carry him to victory. He has access to sufficiently advanced genetic engineering...

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

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Q&A Anatomically Correct Kappa

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series Kappa are creatures from Japan said to lurk in rivers and lakes. They are described as small humanoids resembling a cross between a monkey,...

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

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Q&A Realistic sea humanoids

bucking the trend of mermaids I've decided to take a different approach with my mermaids. A long time ago a group of Australopithecus diverged from us taking to the sea. some characteristics of the...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Why do goblins never form societies bigger than about 500 members?

The goblins in my world are classical fantasy goblins. They aren't too smart, have primitive technology, live in tribes, and use tamed boars, wolves, and other wild animals. They usually have a bos...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A Why would orcs have tusks?

Ever since Tolkien most, if not all, works of fiction including orcs portray them with tusks. Though this achieves the effect of portraying them as animalistic, what would the real world applicatio...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Jordan Williams‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jordan Williams‭

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Q&A How would a sapient species descended from felids become herbivorous?

In my fantasy world, I have created a sentient species descended from an arboreal felid (it evolved to eat squrriels and small monkeys). They are my elves. The one problem is that I want them to be...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sengiwizard42‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sengiwizard42‭

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Q&A whats the highest a group of Yetis live?

A long time ago a group of proto-giants moved high up into a the Sodo-Himalayas. Yetis commonly live up on high mountain plains some of basic characteristics of Yetis are: are as intelligent as ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Anatomical Feasibility of a Humanoid Derived from Orangutans?

Of the living great apes, humans are most closely related to the chimpanzees and bonobos. We retain quite a few features from that side of the simian family, and it got me thinking about what a hu...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A What evolutionary pressures would lead to fairies?

Consider this a remake of my Why might a group of insects evolve to resemble humans? post. Fairies are a common trope in fantasy works some characteristics of fairies and their associates are: Fa...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Whats the furthest two hominids could diverge from and still be able to produced viable offspring?

In many fantasy stories humans are capable of inter-breeding with different fantasy races. There is a precedent for this happening with neanderthal and Denisovan DNA being found in people of Eurasi...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A What evolutionary pressures would lead to Goblins?

A long time ago homo floresiensis split off into two main groups Goblins and Halflings. Now Goblins are an odd little bunch (here's a rough mock up of what a goblin might look like) and I was wonde...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Mammal evolving spider-silk

I wanted to include a spider-like race in my book (not a typical drider, but more like a hairy hominid covered in tarantula-like hair and thinner and longer limbs and fingers). However, I wanted th...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭

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Q&A Could a species of marine mammal evolve from humans?

I want to write a science fantasy novel about humans evolving into five new species. The five races are: the Groses and Grosettes (they are my Ogres) (their name comes from the french word gros/gro...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by mammifereviolet4694‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by mammifereviolet4694‭

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Q&A Are Air-Breathing Merfolk Viable?

I normally ask sci-fi questions, but oh well... It's fairly well established by this point that gills, while fine for fish, wouldn't work for mammals, as we need more oxygen than can reasonably be...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by FlyingLemmingSoup‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by FlyingLemmingSoup‭

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Q&A Physical correctness of trolls with high regeneration ability

In my fantasy world there's the race of trolls, vastly inspired by the ones one encounters in Baldur's Gate 2 (see here). Millennia ago, they've been driven underground by orcs and elves, as well ...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Otto Abnormalverbraucher‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Otto Abnormalverbraucher‭

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Q&A anatomy of a head-butting cyclops

In my fantasy setting, cyclopses are large (about the size of a rhinocerus), carnivorous humanoids. They have a single blunt horn on their forehead, which is their primary tool for taking down prey...

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

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Q&A How plausible is molecular disequilibrium from Ant-Man and the Wasp?

So if you haven't watched the film, basically there's this one character who suffers from a (fictional) condition referred to as "molecular disequilibrium." As described by the character, it's a co...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by fairsky‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by fairsky‭

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Q&A Species where every individual looks the same

I was thinking for ideas for new species for the planet I'm currently worldbuilding, and it occur to me if there could be a species (humanoid) where everyone looked exactly the same, and if this co...

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

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Q&A How fast could snake-people move

Say a snake-person was between fifteen and eighteen feet long on average (this includes the "human" part of the body). That's around the length of an anaconda, but I imagine it would have to be thi...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭

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Q&A Human-fungus symbiotic species

Researching a lot about fantasy, I've always had interest of mushroom humanoids, but I wanted to put my own twist on them. Instead of sentient mushrooms, I wanted to have a humanoid species infecte...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by TGCF ‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TGCF ‭

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Q&A Draconic Centaurs

And you thought I was finally done with centaur questions. I have a centaur race called the Draconitaurs. They're essentially centaurs, but with western dragons instead of horses. The dragon trop...

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

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Q&A Anatomically Correct Ettin

I'm fairly certain such a creature is impossible, but I was curious to see if anyone could come up with an explanation for such a creature. How would a two-headed giant evolve/function if it was a ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭

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Q&A Anatomically correct multiarmed humanoids

Humanoids with more than 2 pairs of arms weren't an unknown concept in human culture. From ancient mythology, there are the hundred-armed Hekatoncheires (who have their own thread here) and six-arm...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by MarqFJA87‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MarqFJA87‭

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Q&A How would be affected survivability and basic technological development by limited access to fire? Are there alternatives?

I am creating a culture that has the ability to change between 2 forms. One humanoid (the natal form) and one feral, animal form (you can consider this to be a werewolf). Due to this they evolved t...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mike‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mike‭

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Q&A The Two Types of Angels

There are two different varieties of angels"”the naked, long-distance flier and the feathered, short-distance glider (The Four-Winged Angel). But both varieties have the following anatomical featu...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Anatomically Correct Angels

As part II of anatomically correct myths here we have the Angel. Angels appear in many cultures and are most commonly seen as simply winged humans. Is there a realistic way that angels could evolve...

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

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Q&A Merfolk lung system similar to dolphins

Merfolk are one of the major species in my book. However, unlike in most depictions, they're fully mammalian and lack gills. Because of this, they need to breathe air, but I still wanted them to be...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭

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Q&A Tusks of a Cyclops

It has been said that one of the inspirations of the Cyclops of Greek mythology was from a skull of a dwarf elephant. Being twice the size of a human, people interpreted the nasal cavity (for the t...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by TGCF ‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TGCF ‭

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Q&A How severe can an Iron Aversion be?

I like the idea of elves having a distinct weakness against iron, to the point where they're intensely scared of it and can't stand the touch of it. My question is: Assuming the Elves are mostly...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Maddock Emerson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Maddock Emerson‭

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Q&A A logical reason for humans to turn into dwarves/gnomes?

I am creating a fantasy world where on one continent there are humans, dwarves and gnomes. All 'species' can interbreed (much like Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens), thus they need to have close simil...

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