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Q&A How could a humanoid species with non-retractable claws strike someone with a fist/closed hand gesture?

In my story there are a species of humanoid bipeds (i.e., two arms, two legs) that have a more-or-less human arm anatomy but differ in having non-retractable claws instead of nails on all five fing...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by user2352714‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user2352714‭

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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 What would be a plausible reason for a prey animal to mimic its own predator?

The saying goes "a wolf in sheep's clothing", which is a biblical idiom to refer to someone pretending to be harmless. This got me thinking about if the reverse could also be true. So I came up wit...

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

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Q&A What Purpose Would a Unicorn's Horn Serve in the Wild?

This famous tapestry shows all the "modernized" traits of a unicorn--basically just a pale-colored horse with a single horn on its head. Of course, single-horned animals do and did exist: ...

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

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Q&A Would a warhorse allow its rider to approach a Dragon at all?

Would a horse (trained or otherwise) not be wholly spooked by a Dragon merely flying overhead, even more so trying to enter combat with it or just trying to approach it under any circumstances? Wh...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by SupernalPhantasia‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SupernalPhantasia‭

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Q&A What could prevent concentrated local exploration?

In my world there is a village with a hot spring, the only one on the entire island. The spring emerges from a local cave which has been filled / caved in by a past civilisation, since the water i...

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

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Q&A How Would a Filter-Feeding Marine Turtle Feed?

Back home, many large planktivores have ingenious ways to trap food and not water. For sharks like the basking and the megamouth, that is no problem, as they have modified their gills into rakers ...

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

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Q&A Ringed Planet: The shadow's effect on fauna

I am writing a fantasy novel centered on an Earth-like planet with icy rings like Saturn. This question deals with certain effects of having such a ring system. Assume the planet is Earth, the r...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Thomas Myron‭

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Q&A Mating ritual where female chases male?

Mating rituals are various behaviours, serving as a precursor to copulation in almost all animal species. In general these serve to aid the females of the species to pick out a mate. They can be in...

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

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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