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Q&A Wings going from locomotive purposes in juveniles to sexual purposes in adults, plausible?

So I thought about how my dragon-like species would get it's wings between the arms and legs and I figured that this would be the evolutionary path for such a creature: Hexapodal ancestor -&gt; Q...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by caters‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Lundin‭

Question evolution sex species
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Q&A Why haven't scientists found evidence of humans interbreeding with aliens?

In my alternative universe, Atlantis was a real city that existed, although it wasn't called Atlantis or founded by humans. Atlantis or rather, Dosham was a city on an isolated landmass in the nort...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Arbiter Elegante‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Arbiter Elegante‭

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Q&A How can I increase brain processing capabilities without overloading it?

The human brain is a jackass. Your senses are capable of processing large amounts of information to the senses. However, the brain blocks most of this out of the consciousness in order to allow thi...

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

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Q&A How would digitigrade fingers work?

So... I'm fiddling with Yet Another Bipedal Digitigrade Species. There is tons of material on the legs, but seemingly not so much on the hands. Short Version So... I'm wondering; is it possible t...

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

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Q&A Habitable Planet with Highly Eliptical Orbit

Would it be possible for life to develop on a planet with a highly elliptical orbit? (Similar to a comet, but possibly less extreme.) If so, what conditions would be necessary and what would the li...

12 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by WillRoss1‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by WillRoss1‭

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Q&A How long would it take for segregate human populations to speciate to a point where they could not interbreed?

Coming from an earlier asked question, I was wondering how long it would take (potentially a range) for two human populations that are separated from each other to speciate enough that they would n...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andrew Su‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Andrew Su‭

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Q&A How do wraiths control their bodies?

In my fantasy world, wraiths are a species of shell-less, regressed crustaceans. They lay their eggs inside animal skulls, using them as shells. The wraiths' bodies are incredibly weak and they can...

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

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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 Would it be possible for species to become sapient without using tools?

Set in a parallel universe, in a galaxy far far away, an Earth-like planet orbiting a yellow dwarf star with the mass of 1 solar mass. And yes, indeed that planet comes with a natural satellite tha...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Wolves and Hyenas--Allies For Life

In recent years, we have found evidence in the Negev Desert of the Middle East of a striped hyena, a solitary carnivoran, tagging along with a pack of wolves. This sort of alliance is found nowher...

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

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Q&A Dr. Frankenbull's Problem: How To Tell Aurochs From Bison

The mad scientist community is...mad, to put it kiddie-appropriately. Their logic has the tendency to make 0% sense 100% of the time (provided, of course, that they ever bring it up.) So you can ...

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

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Q&A How can the epidermis be manipulated at will to become clothing-like material?

In this world, elves developed along similar lines of homo sapiens, with some major differences that allow for a small metamorphic ability. Their epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, can be shap...

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

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Q&A Could Humans Evolve to be Digitigrade?

Assuming humans remained hunter-gatherers, would it be anatomically possible for us to evolve digitigrade legs? Or, is our anatomy too specialized and are we stuck the way we are? I am not asking ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by 299 Neandertal Variants ‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by 299 Neandertal Variants ‭

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Q&A In a 'Zootopia' situation who's in power, the Elephant or the Mouse?

Imagine a situation kind of like Zootopia with many different creatures all living in one environment, some significantly larger than others. These species aren't necessarily furries like in Zooto...

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

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Q&A Is plausible to have subspecies with & without separate sexes?

I'm creating humanoid specie with two subspecies Hairy races - roughly based on humans, chiss, mirialans, with standard males &amp; females sexes Tentacle races- roughly based on asari, twilek, t...

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

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Q&A Could an octopus ride a bicycle?

I'm imagining a scenario where there is a conflict between humans and intelligent octopuses. The humans' main mode of transport is the bicycle. The octopuses decide to stage a night raid whereby t...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A How long would gestation period be for dwarfs?

Dwarfs are intelligent creatures, with stronger bones and muscles but smaller than humans. They live mostly under ground (caves, mines, etc.) and reproduce sexually. How long the gestation period w...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Edward Constantin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Edward Constantin‭

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Q&A Could a creature have a separate pouch to hold food until it is needed?

I am developing a species that gives birth to live young after a very brief pregnancy. The infants are somewhat underdeveloped due to this fact. The harsh environment of the mountains means that th...

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

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Q&A What skin colours would highly adaptable, hunter humanoids naturally evolve?

In the new setting I'm making, I found an opportunity to make a species of humanoids that I simply couldn't resist. So I got to work, making the tribal herdsmen and hunters of the predominantly car...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dead Knight‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Dead Knight‭

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Q&A Would a society with two different species that can interbreed be viable?

One species has two genders, like humans, the other has three(essentially male, female, and one without breeding capabilities that first appears as a genetic quirk but quickly becomes more prominen...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by EnglandsGirl1818‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by EnglandsGirl1818‭

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Q&A Could super-sized and intelligent detrivore aliens exist?

For my story I have an alien species who are detrivore. They are also an intelligent species on par with humans. But many people have pointed out to me that intelligent detrivores don't work, becau...

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

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Q&A Would wide hips be a wiser evolutionary trait for digitigrade, biped humanoids?

I was asking a deviantART.com artist why they often draw their anthros and furries with wide hips regardless of gender, and they told me this (copypasting): "I'll see if I can't whip something up ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by CA Pichowsky‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by CA Pichowsky‭

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Q&A What tweaks could be made to a society of intelligent hypercarnivores to allow them to compete with agrarian societies?

The Background On a single fairly sizeable continent live two intelligent species. Regular humans, and a species of intelligent wolf-people. The latter aren't actually descended from wolves, but ...

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

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Q&A Reasons People Wouldn't Weaponize These Gravity Machines

So when making my space stories I have put them in a technological time in history where gravity manipulators are available to the common creature and you can use it to go to other planets and live...

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

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Q&A How can I keep sapient species away from each other?

Many other questions, as well as a few online sources, all agree that in order for me to have multiple sapient species in my world, they need to be either separated by a natural landscape or not a ...

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

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Q&A What are the implications of multiple cooperating intelligent species with different spectral ranges for vision?

Suppose you had two intelligent species that came together and built a society or whatever. For the sake of example, we'll call them species A and species B. Species A evolved to see some subset of...

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

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Q&A Is this subspeciation plausible?

Below is a diagram showing transverse cross sections of skulls representative of the two subspecies (A and B) of the Trilateral* species. Is it plausible that such obvious differences "“ noting the...

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

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Q&A 3 species pride, could it work?

1 of my stories involves a pride. But not just any old lion pride. No, my story involves a pride with 3 different big cat species. I don't know if I should put character histories here or whether t...

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

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Q&A Size of the "Monster Hunter" planet

Imagine a world in which you have all the creatures from the game franchise "Monster Hunter"... Screenshot from the upcoming Monster Hunter World game ...and when I say all the creatures I mea...

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

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Q&A Suppose the Orcs are mammals, why is their skin green?

Most species of animal, especially mammals, have a special skin cell the produces melanin, which is responsible for the color of their skin, but orcs are generally depicted as green creatures and, ...

10 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Two or more advanced civilizations aren't even aware of each other

Humans have achieved FTL and have colonized several planets in our greater stellar neighborhood. While we have discovered several planets that harbor life as we know it, we have not yet discovered ...

20 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Adam‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Adam‭

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Q&A How do you communicate with antimatter beings?

So aliens have arrived in the solar system. They have faster-than-light travel technology and the ability to handwave away the supposed causality violations that such an invention causes They're ...

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

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Q&A How do you communicate with dark matter beings?

Sister question to How do you communicate with antimatter beings? Defining dark matter for this question According to NASA, 27% of the universe is dark matter - and about 5% of the unive...

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

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Q&A Can multiple intelligent species coexist?

I am considering specifically multiple intelligent species that all evolved on the same planet, and whether it is plausible that they will end up in a multi-species society or whether one species w...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user289661‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user289661‭

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Q&A How to deal with a friendly Boghog without hurting it, and maintaining a positive relationship?

In the Hickhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Mostly Harmless, on the planet NowWhat there are the Boghogs, and their way of communicating is to bite each other very hard on the thigh, so my question is,...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How would having weird eye lenses affect a species' ability to understand geometry?

Suppose you have a race of early people similar to humans, except that they have fish eyes to help with peripheral vision. Would this adversely affect their spacial reasoning skills? It seems that ...

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

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Q&A How large can an Earth species be in 2016 without being discovered?

Preface With all technology discovered prior to this question, on today's planet, there are still some things we have not observed - which may be used to justify introducing new life forms, right h...

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

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Q&A How can an unimaginably huge life form reliably communicate with mortals?

The Starmakers are vast. Stars are their seeds, supernovae their hatching. Unimaginable millennia pass before they even begin to blink at their neighbours, and they do not die, merely pass along th...

15 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Joe Bloggs‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Joe Bloggs‭

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Q&A An equilibrium for competing sapient species

What scientifically, socially and logically plausible mechanisms allow two (or more) sapient land-based species (either closely placed on the phylogenetic tree, such as Homo sapiens and Homo neande...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by rumguff‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by rumguff‭

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Q&A Is it plausible that there could be an alien species that has the capacity to mate with and share genetic material with many other alien species?

Kind of a "universal donor" or "universal recipient"? Aliens that can take on the qualities of several kinds of species and recombine them to make a kind of "super" being?

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

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Q&A Are "none-of-the-above" species classifications possible?

Let's not delve into specific genuses, families, orders etc. Broaden your definition of "classifications" to words like "mammal" or "fish", "crustacean" or "avian". Science fiction depictions of...

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

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Q&A How to justify evolution of a sapient hermaphrodite species

I'm looking for a very grounded evolutionary justification for the existence of a hermaphroditic sapient and social species, preferably roughly mammalian but not mandatory, which is not as easy as ...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by dsollen‭

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Q&A If I had an alien race, how would they interpret our numerical characters as being numbers?

So say we discovered aliens through a wormhole near Saturn (Interstellar anyone?). Congratz to us! But we have a bigger issue in trying to communicate with them. They developed in a completely dif...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Can an 'unadvanced' species accidently uplift another species?

With all this talk of Alien Lifeforms over the past few weeks, I have been pondering a small question. May be a simple yes, no answer. May not. Can a species accidently uplift another species? I s...

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

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Q&A Given any kind of living organism what logical reasons could result in a species having more than three genders?

Given any kind of living organism (plant, animal, silicate, gaseous, energy, etc.,) what logical reasons (natural, environmental, evolutionary selection, nurtured, artificial) could result in more ...

15 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by nijineko‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by nijineko‭

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Q&A Biological explanation of age stopping in near-human aliens

There's a species called Foos. Foos are fairly similar to humans. In a primitive society, in fact, they would appear identical to humans in actual physical appearance, mannerisms, and base behavior...

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

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Q&A Species and Race diversity and names

what are the rules I need to follow to name different races of a specie and different species that have one ancestor in common ? Additionally how do i know when a race becomes a species ? Is an ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by άλεξ μιζέρια‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by άλεξ μιζέρια‭

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Q&A Increased intracranial space

The brain is 1 major developmental difference between us and these humanoids. These humanoids start off with larger brains to begin with and so brain development in the womb happens at about the s...

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

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Q&A Design of inorganic sentient entities that can evolve

Context In the near future, humans will have manufactured machine sentience. Such a consciousness, the first of a new species, must operate on Earth. Constraints A memristor-based human brain a...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Dave Jarvis‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Dave Jarvis‭

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Q&A Would a sapient species have to be the dominant species?

There have been countless (literally) stories written that have contained within their pages monsters that are stronger, faster, and bigger than the human heroes. I can think of more than a few wh...

22 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by JDSweetBeat‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by JDSweetBeat‭

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