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Science to justify fire breathing animals? [duplicate]

How exactly can I justify fire breathing animals? I mean, how would they do it in a scientifically and physically possible way?
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Is this fire-breathing creature possible? [duplicate]

I would like to design a creature, that could defend itself by breathing fire. This creature would look like a little lizard probably evolved to be fire resistant. We could also say that he has ...
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What type of organ would a animal need to breathe fire? [duplicate]

Ok, so I was wondering if an animal ever evolved to the point that it had the capabilities to breathe or shoot fire say up to 300-500 degrees. What would it need to protect itself from its own heat as ...
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Would it be possible to genetically engineer Dragons? [duplicate]

DRAGONS. ARE THEY POSSIBLE? By current genetic engineering..? no. But let's say somehow we got shot 200 years into the future?! Would you think it would be possible scientifically? Defining "...
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Anatomically Correct European Dragon [duplicate]

In the modern period, the European dragon is typically depicted as a huge, fire-breathing, scaly, horned, lizard-like creature; the creature also has leathery, bat-like wings, four legs, and a long, ...
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Making a scientifically accurate fire-breathing dragon [duplicate]

I came up with a concept for how a dragon could breathe fire. However, I haven’t figured out some crucial details, which I need help with. The dragon would capture the methane gas produced by its ...
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Why did dragons evolve to be smart?

Before you comment "dragons can't happen", we've been there before. Based on the question linked above, assume dragons are scientifically plausible. You may change what you need about the ...
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Is a jet dragon possible?

Are there any known laws of nature, which don't allow the existence of an animal with following characteristics? Can fly to the altitudes of modern airliners (around 10 000 meters or 32808 ft). One ...
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Can you simply scale up animals?

There have been a number of questions focusing on mythical creatures where the logical approach to answering has been to scale up an existing animal. For example dragon's wings can be extrapolated ...
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How can we have dragon-sized butterflies?

I'm writing a species of dragon-sized butterflies¹ as flying mounts into a low-magic fantasy setting², and would like to know if these creatures have to be imbued with magic, or if they could just be ...
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Plausibility of Floating Whales

Ignoring the plausibility of their evolution and sources of food, could a whale-like creature which internally consists largely of hydrogen bladders/gasbags realistically stay aloft? If these ...
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Is it possible for a medieval society to produce enough food for dragons (with the help of magic)?

The world I'm building is similar to medieval Europe but with magic and dragons. Instead of riding horses knights ride dragons. I wonder if it possible for a medieval country the size of England to ...
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Can a dragon's fire breath be liquid based?

Dragons commonly breathe fire. They can do so over considerable distances, often many times their body length. But this needs to be powered somehow, by a substance that the dragon can generate on its ...
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Are dragons cold or warm blooded?

My world is science-based with an earth-like biology. The dragons fly when they're young and then grow too heavy and can only glide if at all. They breathe fire by expelling gas and igniting it. They ...
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What is the approximate caloric intake of a dragon?

Dragons. We know them. We love them. They breathe fire and wreck our towns and plunder our gold. But all that destruction has to get fueled somehow. So naturally, I would assume dragons have to eat (...

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