0
$\begingroup$

In my story, in which I want to rely on scientific logic as much as possible, I want a creature to evolve to become at least the size of a country and you can live in space. The means of evolution for this creature are Time and multiple generations, reaching 100,000 years, controlling plant life and its biology, and controlling single-celled life in a world similar to Earth’s environment, except that it is a hundred times larger with gravity twice greater than Earth’s. Be a completely biological creature I want to remain within the scope of science, without supernatural materials, to know how it evolved and shaped, and how to solve the problem of lunch, heat regulation, response, reproduction, and movement without turning into a motionless ball or a chemical mass.

$\endgroup$
5
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Hi Villager, you should tune down your expectations of being either scientifically plausible or of having a creature the "size of a country" which can live in space. The closest you'll have is a tree going by the name of pando, but it's a tree, not an animal. And it's made of many cloned trees. You can look at these two questions to know more about living/thriving in space and be giant : Here and here $\endgroup$ Sep 15, 2023 at 20:37
  • $\begingroup$ Also, please note we won't help you build your creature from scratch, in part because this removes most of the happiness you have when imagining creatures 😊. Worldbuilding stack-exchange is better at solving specific problems you have. To help you, take a look at the tour and help-center. You can also get inspiration from other good, recent creature-design questions $\endgroup$ Sep 15, 2023 at 20:46
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Worldbuilding, Villager. Tortilena has already covered the general case, so a specific thing - if you're tagged as science-based, there's going to be a problem with a planet with a hundred times Earth's surface area but only twice its gravity. We'd definitely be getting into "constructed by alien intelligences". $\endgroup$
    – jdunlop
    Sep 15, 2023 at 21:18
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ To put your 100 thousand years into perspective, remains similar enough to modern humans to be labelled "Homo sapiens" have been dated to three times that age; our last common ancestor with other apes was about 7 million years ago. So if you're picturing this creature starting off as a normal-looking animal and becoming country-sized in 100,000 years, I suspect you're off by a few orders of magnitude. $\endgroup$
    – IMSoP
    Sep 16, 2023 at 7:24
  • $\begingroup$ As for the planet's size compared to its gravity, it is an external intervention and not natural $\endgroup$ Sep 16, 2023 at 10:16

1 Answer 1

1
$\begingroup$

If you want a 100,000 year old super-giant organism capable of evolution, consider it as a mosaic organism

A mosaic organism is a single organism with more than 1 set of DNA. When an organism like a mammal mutates within its own lifecycle, it typically results in cancer that kills the whole organism because all of our organs have to work in concert to keep us alive, but simpler organisms like trees often develop mutations and become 2 distinctly differing generic profiles occupying the same body that can live together. Witches broom, pink grape fruits, and dwarf alberta spruce are all examples of trees we have today that were graphed from another tree's "cancer".

While your giant organism may be 100,000 years old, it is so big (and hard to kill) that it experiences regular mutations within itself allowing it to evolve not from 1 generation to the next, but many many times within its own life. If its environment becomes so harsh that part of its body dies off, other genetic clusters expand, consuming the necrotic tissues and forming new healthy tissues that can survive better in the new environment.

So, even though it is one organism, it is evolving just as much as a collective ecosystem made up of many deferent asexual species.

As for size and shape...

If you want it to be this size and NOT crush into a motionless ball when on a planet with 2Gs... it has to be a giant pancake like organism. An organism, under gravity, can be any length and width without much consequence as long as its not monstrously tall, it will be fine.

Only after being ejected into space will large parts of it die off, and some of the luck cancer cells take over reforming the whole organism into a space capable form. Once in space it can take on a much less flat form since it only has its own gravity to contend with, which will be negligable.

$\endgroup$
2
  • $\begingroup$ I meant by one hundred thousand years, which is one hundred thousand years throughout the period of the development of this species through generations of it, but your idea is good, but the question is what will it feed on? How does it produce enough energy for movement, and is it possible for a creature like this to exist in a form similar to a snake? $\endgroup$ Sep 15, 2023 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ @TheVillager You should ask one question at a time on separate posts. Nosajimiki tried to solve the biggest issues with this kind of creature, which is the closest we can reasonably deal with your very broad query right now. If you wish to do that, here's a question designing creatures with multiple posts as an example to ask for more : worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/215292/80336 . $\endgroup$ Sep 15, 2023 at 22:42

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .