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This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series

Residing in west virginia, Mothman is depicted as:

  • Being 7 feet tall
  • Being nocturnal
  • Having red eyes (or at least appearing to)
  • Having wings
  • Being white in coloration
  • Having no obvious neck

Given these characteristics, what species could Mothman have evolved from, and what evolutionary pressures would lead to such a being?

NOTE: Magic does not exist in my story.

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  • $\begingroup$ Doctor: here's the neck brace and avoid excessive weight lifting at late hours, get some rest and no worry your wings won't just disappear. $\endgroup$ – user6760 Feb 11 at 1:46
  • $\begingroup$ Out of curiosity, do you mean west Virginia or West Virginia? $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Feb 11 at 4:39
  • $\begingroup$ Anyone else feel like what species would mothman have evolved from is opinion-based? Would "could have evolved from" work better? $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Feb 11 at 4:41
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A big hecking owl. In all seriousness it seems that an owl could fulfill all of these criterion. being seven foot tall could be a bit of a problem for flying, but Quetzalcoatlus the flying reptile was around 18 feet tall. owls are already nocturnal, some have orangeish red eyes, have wings, are sometimes white and do not have obvious necks. it seems that a giant owl is an almost perfect fit for mothman, which is a bit odd. they would likely eat deer or something of that elk (ilk, sorry for bad pun). they would have to adapt hunting strategy, as they cannot carry a deer away. they may have to defend their kill, which would lead to a large size being advantageous.

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    $\begingroup$ Honestly mothman sightings really could have been just an unusually large great horned owl coupled with hysteria $\endgroup$ – NixonCranium Feb 11 at 1:49
  • $\begingroup$ yeah haha. That actually could be what caused the myth of mothman. $\endgroup$ – meaninglessname Feb 12 at 22:38
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Humans.

Red eye? - Albinism
White skin? - Albinism
Nocturnal? - Photosensitivity
No neck? - Genetic disorder

Everything, apart from wings, are part of being ....

Nosferatu

With the brows big like moth antennae, spiky ears and long fingers.

And they were all based on european nobles who, thanks to generations of inbreeding, produced this outcome in their offspring. Hence pale nobles and their blue blood visible through paper white thin skin.

wing scould be easily explained with very long, light reflecting clothes that keep person from light, kind like this

Toga

Easy to make (or steal from dryiers) with abundance of cloth to cover yourself with, loose so won't irritate delicate skin.

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I would like to posit that this Mothman evolved from a bat. If it's white, it's likely adapted to live in snow, so it might be from the Appalachian Mountains nearby. Red eyes, AFAIK, are not uncommon in bats. Bats have wings, and are nocturnal already.

As for why this thing is so big, that means it's evolved to hunt larger prey-- like people sized prey.

Hm.

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