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Why would a crash landed generation fall back to the stone age?

Background In the mid 22nd century, a super plague has killed 99% of human life, many survivors are killed in the ensuing riots and fighting. The few billionaires that are hiding in their bunkers ...
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Do gryphons need bird tails?

I have some typical gryphons in my world. Bird head and wings, cat bottom half. Four legs and two wings. How crucial is a bird tail for flight? Could my gryphons be good flyers with just having a cat ...
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Evolution of a tree-based predator that threatens to kill/eat prey unless prey feeds it?

This is a very closely related question to my previous: Evolution of tree-dwelling species that will help predators find prey if prey species doesn't give it a bribe? The premise is the same, a ...
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If wyvern like creature evolved naturally what would its ideal habitat be?

In fantasy literature wyvern’s often have their habitat set as extreme mountains. Sometimes even depicted as needing to drop from a height in order to take off. Evolutionarily speaking this does not ...
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Anatomically Correct: 4-legged sapient creatures (“centaurs” etc.)

This is a part of the Anatomically Correct series. If a magic-free fantasy/SF world were to have naturally evolved hexapods as humanoid as possible, living among bipedal humanoids, how would they ...
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Anatomically Correct: Space Plankton

This creature was void-born in the farthest depths of time in this Universe. Drawing its energy from electromagnetic radiation, and sealed against the vacuum of space, this drifting creature ...
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Feeding the griffin: Determining approximate food requirements for mythical creatures?

I'm trying to build background information for a tabletop game and one of the things I wanted to have be a factor was upkeep such as keeping creatures fed. I am intending for players to be able to ...
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Evolution of communication system for dispersed pack to orginize their kill without other predators being drawn to the scene by the calls?

This is a follow up to the creature 'griffins' I sort of created here: Anatomically Correct Griffins The idea of the final griffin was a small tree based species that will leap down on much larger ...
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The Evolution of African Wild Dogs who can float

The 'Before' Picture Imagine if African Wild Dogs developed the ability to float. There is no scientific explanation to how they can float; it's just happened and we do not need to know why. The dogs ...
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Are my wing-walking griffins viable?

This is the third question in a series of such for my worldbuilding project that deals with plausible fantasy creatures. Previously, I have pondered cockatrices and hydras, but now we move on to ...
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What changes to a planet would be necessary to allow the realistic flight of a gryphon with a human rider?

How would a planet need to be changed (gravity, air pressure, air makeup, etc) to allow for the realistic flight and take off from a small hill of a gryphon with a human rider? You can assume the ...