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(Post #1) Anatomical Review: Would the way I designed this semi arboreal Imp be biologically feasible?

Hello, this is sort of a part 2 of my first post with a new account, lost the log in credentials so I just made a new one. I highly recommend reading the first post/question to familiarize yourself with my overall goal, but I will list a brief overview here.

1: The creature is supposed to be bipedal and "semi-arboreal", meaning it could dwell as easily on flat ground as in some sort of tree or high place. (I use the term semi-arboreal, although it applies to anything high one would need to climb, cliffs, buildings, etc. Living in trees, for example.)

2: It possesses human intellect. At first my goal was to make it more demonic, I've since changed this and decided to go with a fully biological nature, no supernatural influences in its design. I am not going to type in its entire evolutionary history, or what pressures made it be the way it is, just wondering if the design I currently have is somewhat plausible.

3: Despite being bipedal, the creature has a snout on its face, much like a canine. I realize bone is particularly heavy, and that to accommodate its need to actuate its jaw it would need a strong neck/jaw muscles, capable of both this and keeping its head in an upright position. The way I decided to solve this was through widening the neck a bit, and elongating it like a snake or some sort of dinosaur/avian. Also, the shoulders have been bolstered in order to support the neck, but I don't show this too well in my drawing. Another added bonus of the long neck is that as it's fixated onto a climbing surface, the neck grants the head a greater degree of motion, thus vision.

4: The torso is longer (proportionally) than a human, and is incredibly flexible as well. It needs to be strong in order to support the weight of the creature as well as help it flex in all sorts of directions. This has the same effect as the neck, longer and more flexible in order to increase degree of motion, like a tentacle. The ribcage and spine need to be more flexible, but I've encountered a problem that I couldn't quite find an answer to, I describe it next.

The problem: This is a rough, quick doodle I did to sort of grasp what I've been thinking up. Essentially what I've designed is a specialized humanoid with modifications made to key areas in order to facilitate its lifestyle. At first I started with a lemur as my base, but I found it more practical to begin with a human as the base, then modify it in order to be able to meet my goals. What I came up with was a longer, more slender creature (human?), with enhanced senses, longer arms and torso like a chimp or lemur, but legs that remain long enough to support bipedal locomotion on the ground. I touch on what makes these legs work in my first post, but to summarize the ends of the extremities (feet and hands) have more flexible/free moving joints, and they are modified in order to grasps objects better while climbing, while the legs and hip joints remain rigid enough in order to run, the creature retained the butt for this as well. My problem is that as I've decided to make the chest and belly area longer than a human's, I run into a problem with the "belly gap" (the area in between the hips and ribs that is only spine, no other bones there). Since the creature's torso is longer, should I then make the ribcage longer, going further down, or should I make the "belly gap" longer, ending the ribcage further up the torso and leaving a longer gap between the ribs and hip bone? After trying to look to many sources, both scholarly and not, I couldn't really come up with an answer. I hope I'm making sense, so thank you for taking the time again to take a look at this. Also, feel free to criticize or review the drawing I made, but keep in mind if something looks way off it was a quick doodle. I am willing to draw more pictures if it helps.

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    $\begingroup$ Your old account can be merged with this one, on your request. Just flag it, or one of its posts, for moderator attention explaining you want it to be merged $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Aug 2, 2021 at 16:52
  • $\begingroup$ It is a little hard to answer as some things depend on evolutionary adaptation and you have created a creature that is not likely to have evolved using this strategy. It just is the way it is because that fits your story. I guess my suggestion is that if there are no critical internal organs to protect then ribs not covering the "belly gap" is perfectly fine. $\endgroup$
    – JonSG
    Aug 2, 2021 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ @JonSG Yeah, I understand what you mean. That is the exact reason why I couldn't really find anything on the matter when I researched on the subject, nothing exists quite like my creature, so its a no brainer why I couldn't receive a good answer on the matter. Still, thank you for taking the time to respond, on top of all this are there any general quarrels or possible mistakes you see with the doodle I drew? I would appreciate the second opinion, because I can't really find anything wrong and hope its not creator's bias. $\endgroup$ Aug 2, 2021 at 18:03
  • $\begingroup$ The only element of the doodle that initially gave me pause was the canine jaws suggesting a meat eating creature whereas my intuition told me that arboreal creatures would most likely be vegetarians. Then I looked at pictures of orangutan's jaws and now I think it is fine and that I never want to encounter an angry orangutan! $\endgroup$
    – JonSG
    Aug 2, 2021 at 18:09

2 Answers 2


Just use Lemur Proportions

You are overthinking this. Yourr animal is essentially a lemur so the same proportions make sense. Lemurs have shorter ribcages relative to humans. Look.

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But how do I draw them?

I presume how to draw these imps is an issue for you. To draw them twisting at the waist you must decide where the ribcage ends. Do Lemurs have pecs like Arnie-Arn-Arn Schwarzenegger?

Do I look like a lemur to you?

I have no idea. But I can tell you their nipples seem to be located lower on the body than humans. Look.

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Is that any use?


The length of the chest affects the lung volume. The more aerobic exercise the creature does, the bigger the lungs within would need to be, up to the point where they can fully meet the metabolic needs of the creature at full exertion.

The length of the abdomen affects the amount of digestive and other abdominal organs that can fit. Herbivores have more guts than omnivores, which have more guts than carnivores. A long abdomen is more likely to look lean or hollow, while a short abdomen is more likely to look full or rounded. A long abdomen may also be useful for a creature with a large stomach capacity, allowing the creature to gorge on food and digest at leisure, allowing more time between meals.


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