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could an animal evolve wheels, or how would animals with no biological parts move? [duplicate]

I can go into a little detail, I've researched a little online but feel my world is a slightly deviant case. I'm trying to create life on a very hot, volcanic planet: one orbiting a gas giant, and ...
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Would a wheeled creature be a plausible development of evolution? [duplicate]

So, as I understand it, wheels are almost completely absent in nature, in terms of a method of mobility. Would it be possible, or reasonable for such a creature to be made along the lines of evolution?...
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Plausible Reasons for usage of Combat Mecha

So, assuming that the technology is readily available and that we could build these mecha as easily as we build modern tanks or planes. What would be a good advantage in using a legged (not ...
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How to tell if intelligent life has evolved in a Game of Life simulation?

A civilization has a "magic" computer with memory and processing capacities far beyond what our physics says is possible. They decide to run a massive simulation of Conway's Game of Life with a random ...
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In a world without obstacles, would life evolve wheels?

Imagine a planet whose surface is perfectly spherical, without any kind of obstacles anywhere. In such a world, it would be a competitive advantage for any lifeform to evolve wheels, as transport and ...
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Sea creature moving via rotational motions

So we all know that the majority of sea creatures use fins that move either from side to side or up and down to propel themselves. But our boats don't do that. Our boats use propellers - a rotational ...
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Could a creature fly like a helicopter?

I'm designing a creature similar in size and behavior to a large dragonfly. However, I would like it to fly with rotating "wings" in a similar fashion to a helicopter. I'm thinking a twin rotor design ...
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Would convergent evolution favor aliens being similar to Earth life? [closed]

We all know of convergent evolution, in which animals of similar environments yet with no relations often look similar (dolphin-shark for example). Animals in the real world do this because the best ...
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In what sort of environment might a species with biological wheels evolve, and what would they look like?

So for a thought experiment I came up with the idea of a species that uses wheels for locomotion, sort of inspired by a species shown in His Dark Materials. Under what circumstances would such a ...
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Species evolved to use a wheel-like object

This question is intended as a follow up to this one: Naturally occurring wheels - do the 'mech' vs. 'tank' comparison apply to organics? I agree with the arguments against wheels ...