So Murlocs. I'm referencing Murlocs from World of Warcraft since I never actually found any other novels or games that have them.

Described as a bipedal, amphibious, intelligent, aggressive[Still capable of negotiations] race residing along coastlines, lakeshores, and riverbeds.

Murlocs have

  • bulbous bodies
  • large mouths filled with sharp fangs
  • Slime-coated skin
  • height of around 3-6feet[but are usually hunched down]

How might they have evolved?

Anatomically Correct Series



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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean "still capable of negotiations?" Mrhrglrhgllglglhrlgl! $\endgroup$
    – Cort Ammon
    Aug 22, 2016 at 13:36
  • $\begingroup$ Murlocs apparently speak Nerglish!! And it seems that a group of them have actually communicated with the other races so I'm just saying that they are not gonna go like Mmmmuudeerrr $\endgroup$
    – Skye
    Aug 22, 2016 at 13:37
  • $\begingroup$ Aaaaaughibbrgubugbugrguburgle! Fish on legs... $\endgroup$
    – Planarian
    Aug 22, 2016 at 13:56

1 Answer 1


Murlocs are basically carnivorous frog so you can start from here.

Initially, you have frogs in an environment with mixed water and land but with little amount of bugs, so classical frog hunting method of capturing bugs with theirs tongues and switch to hunting like small predator and evolve to a jaw with small teeth.

Next, murlocs begin to need to hunt bigger prey due to a lack of small comestible prey. In order to be able to kill taller animals, murlocs are forced to hunt in group, thus developing communications abilities and improved intelligence.

Over time, murlocs grow bigger due to better feeding, this increase in size allow a better brain, that lead to increased intelligence and therefore better hunting tactics that allow to kill bigger prey improving the available food, continuing the cycle.

Eventually, murlocs reach the limit in size of 3-6feet due to the available prey.

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    $\begingroup$ Many frogs already have teeth (pacman, african bullfrog) and eat non-bugs. In fact, frogs tend to eat basically anything that moves and fits in their mouths; they don't have the best eye sight, so they'll chomp on a stick that waves in front of their faces and release when they realize ewww... stick... $\endgroup$
    – Azuaron
    Aug 22, 2016 at 15:28
  • $\begingroup$ sounds like a murloc to me $\endgroup$
    – Matthew Ng
    Feb 8, 2018 at 3:29

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