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Anatomically Correct Cobrafolk

The cobrafolk are a type of snake person based, at least in part, on the cobras They have a snake-like face and a humanoid torso, with a short neck connecting them. On this neck is a hood like a cobra....
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Can a big creature have a flagellar-like motor for flying?

The flagellar motor of bacteria seems to be a perfect way to have a biological motor but since no complex multicellular creatures have used that method for flight or other uses, it must be harder to ...
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Anatomically Correct Winged Kappa

The Winged Kappa, or Hane No Haeta Kappa, is a type of Kappa with Wings They have a mixture of avian and chelonian features. They have a pointed beak like a bird, with the eyes and nostrils high up ...
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A creature has one heart per bodily extremity. How large does each have to be?

The creature has several hearts, each supplying blood to one limb. For all other intents and purposes the creature is human. Of the six smaller hearts, one supplies each arm and leg, one supplies the ...
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Could papillae or another muscular protrusion act like tube feet on a land-dwelling creature?

I am designing a starfish-like alien and I am wondering if a tube feet like design would work for a large land-dwelling creature? The creature unlike starfish has strong muscles in its limbs which ...
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Does this creature have good head and neck balancing? Final(?) Draft

I feel bad and guilty for doing this one AGAIN, but I've improved and want to further perfect my hyperfixation character. I've learned more of how things work from previous iterations, now I wish to ...
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Anatomically Correct Oannes

The Oannes is a being from Mesopotamian Mythology. It is a hybrid of a human and fish, with a unique anatomy They are are humanoid in posture, with a body, tail, and head like a fish, and the arms and ...
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Suitable chairs for hunched, digitigrade lizard people?

My humanoid lizardfolk are 6-7 foot tall digitigrades, some have a slightly hunched posture like Gollum/Smeagol. I'm wondering what kind of chairs that be suitable for these characteristics as well as ...
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Anatomically Correct Hellmouth

The hellmouth is a great bizarre being that guards the entrance of hell. While only the face has been recorded, it is quite a face They have two mammalian head, with the two maxillae opposing each ...
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Which bear would be the best weapon for a necromancer's army: Kodiak, Grizzly, Polar?

Background: My question would be: which bear would be the most useful for a necromancer who raises one from the dead. Since the bear is dead, temperature, stamina, injuries, aggression, all of that ...
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Anatomically Correct Abysmal Locusts [closed]

The abysmal locusts are a race of creatures described in the Bible. They are the inhabitants of the abyss As the name implies, they are locusts. However, they have some anatomical distinctions. They ...
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Cursorial Adaptations in Tentacled Quadrupeds

All animals in this world are derived from an anatomy involving a tetrapod-like foreleg with tentacle-like hindlegs. This means that the hindlegs are substantially weaker than the forelegs, especially ...
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Feasibility of an "albino" in a species that has color-changing capabilities?

I have an alien I am designing and I want there to be an individual to be a play off of my main character (who is albino.) The aliens are, unknown to the human settlers, an enigmatically intelligent ...
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Chameleon harpoon tongue - plausable or not?

My future “chameleons” have evolved a harpoon-like tongue as an adaptation for catching larger prey as their own body size has gotten significantly larger over the milions of years. I drew a simple ...
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What would it be like to have your hand chopped off by an axe? [closed]

A child character in my book was caught stealing food for their parents and the people who caught them chop off their right hand with an axe as a lesson to "keep their dirty hands off". I've ...
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Could the gnatho/idiosoma exist in a large animal?

The gnathosoma and idiosoma are peculiar body sections that define mites and ticks. Unlike almost all other animals, with at least some measure of a head, these members divide the body into the ...
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Expected limits of adapting wings for burrowing

My world has a variety of creatures which evolved from arthropod-like ancestors and became more similar to vertebrates in many aspects despite still having exoskeletons. One of these creatures, as I ...
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Could a humanoid survive in a communal circulatory system?

The Areans are a human-like species that have become wholly dependent on their technology. Most notably is their circulatory system They float in a blood-like liquid, and instead of lungs their ...
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Could a frog develop into a fish?

The frog-into-fish is an implausible-seeming animal that I'd like to add to my world It is born as an aquatic frog. They grow for a while in this form, before metamorphosing into a larger amphibious ...
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Anatomically Correct Vipers

The viper (or at least the such-named creature queried in this question) is a sexually dimorphic humanoid dragon with a very strange life-cycle The males are fully humanoid, whereas the females have ...
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Could These Reptungulates Run? [closed]

The reptungulates are a group of animals that are a combination of ungulates and herptiles. Externally, they resemble ungulates, but their limb have a reptilian anatomy with the shoulder and hip ...
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Is a keratin structure that gives milk a type of horn?

One of my species called the Pinnokiins has a nose-like horn on their face. This horn also works as their equivalent of nipples. There is a milk gland connected to it, at least during the time when ...
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Anatomically Correct Buraq

The Buraq is an equine creature with some rather unique anatomical traits It is around the size of a large donkey, and has a pair of wings attached to its thighs. Most notably are its legs, which can ...
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Leg anatomy of Arachnotetrapod

The arachnotetrapods are a type of animal in my worlds with an anatomical setup that is hard to figure out Specifically, it has an arachnid-like intestine, with many branches going out into the limbs, ...
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Might this arachnoid thrive well?

The polygaster is an alien arachnoid with a unique internal set-up It has a distinctive foregut capable of swallowing undigested solids. However, the intestine is wholly arachnid-like in arrangement. ...
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What could be the reasoning behind why Elves go into metamorphosis?

For my setting, I really want to push the non-human aspect of the other typical fantasy races. For Elves, I've been throwing the idea around that they go through a metamorphosis of sorts. I was ...
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Do humans really need arms and legs?

Most humans have both arms and legs. This arrangement is quite useful out in nature, but it seems like as technology advances, this anatomy is becoming less and less necessary Furthermore, space ...
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Anatomical Plausibility of Snake-Footed People [closed]

The snake-footed people are, as the name implies, people with serpentine feet. Specifically, they have the muscles and bones of the lower part of a snake replacing their feet and part of their legs ...
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Anatomically Correct Sciapod

The sciapod is a small humanoid creature, which is distinguished by a single large leg. This leg would be like a single leg, without duplicate structures. It would also be symmetrical. They move by ...
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Does not swinging their arms helps a centaur gallop faster?

I am comparing a centaur with a horse, so a centaur will not only weigh more since it has the torso of a human, but will also experience more drag due to a bigger surface area. I imagine that centaurs ...
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Anatomically Correct Tarasque

The tarasque in provencial mythology is a draconic chimera with a rather unique form: It has a leonine head, a large body supported by 6 bear legs, and a tail like a serpent. On its back it has a row ...
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Griffin with Hybrid Foreleg Anatomy

Griffins, as winged quadrupeds, have a rather implausible anatomy at first glance. However, they also have many traits that seem to allow for a distinct anatomy Specifically, this anatomy would ...
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Anatomically Correct Hakutaku

The hakutaku is a mythical creature resembling a human-faced bull with 6 horns and 9 eyes. However, these horns and eyes are not all upon the head, as you'd expect; It instead has 3 bundles, ...
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data crystal ready, please insert the crystal inside your brain to continue. Wait! but where?

How to get smarter? easy! poke 2 holes in your brain and build a computer around the holes, the computer reads data from some usbs and sends the information to your brain, remove the usb and you also ...
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How do I know the weight of this shark?

In my game, I mean worldbuilding project... there's a thing called gravity, and gravity affects the weight of everything, and weight has to do with the damage one takes and deals to another, it also ...
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Are there things that can make natural lifespan in other planets inherently longer?

How would things like gravity, air composition and density affect the lifespan of the biological protein based life that inhabits the planet, or would they have any significant effect at all? Honestly ...
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Could these Humanoid/Reptilian shoulders support legs?

The shoulders would combine the humanoid shoulder anatomy, which protrudes out of the body almost like a stalk, with a reptilian position, at the ventrolateral face of the torso. Because of the shape ...
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Plausibility of Cheek Gills

Merfolk gills, when not set into the chest, can be placed within the cheeks Specifically, they are found above the angle of the mandible, near the back of the jaw-region. They are structured like in ...
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Plausibility of Ear Fins

Many depictions of merfolk show the ears as a set of ray-bearing fins, resembling the pectoral fins of fish However, this doesn't make much sense from an anatomical perspective; the pectoral fin is ...
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Can this "headgear" be used for defense even if woven and curved sideways?

I really like this concept for headgear and I was wondering about their use. Since I plan on designing a creature with similar headgear. My theory is that due to the way they are bent they don't have ...
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Is it possible to make a Demonic bite force for a demon with split mandible

I ADORE the design of the Dragonbat from The Cabin in the Woods. and I intend on making a similar region of anatomy for hellbound (sinister nightmare) bonnie the bunny, which is essentially just a ...
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What can you know about a creature just by looking at their appearance?

To give an example, I have this species of elk minotaur, they are mostly human looking but have a elk/deer head, ankles and hooves. (image source Raid Shadow Legend concept art + my low poly model) ...
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Could ossicone-horns be useful?

Ossicone-horns would, as the name implies, combine ossicones and horns. Specifically, they would be branched like an antler or more complex ossicone, but with the end-segments being covered in a sharp ...
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What adaptations would a winged humanoid species have to be able to live on a mountain peak?

Okay, so I have a species that are humanoid but have wings, and live up on mountain peaks, like where all the snow is. They are sentient like humans, and have the same level of intelligence. I'm ...
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Could legs work without knees?

Could an animal realistically move around if it lacked knees in some legs? For specifics, the animal for my world would be a tetrapod-analogue, having 2 large legs (with knees) at the back, and a ...
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Could 2-handed quadrupeds use tools as well as humans?

The quadruped would be a medium creature, roughly human sized, with the same intelligence and inventiveness of humans They have 4 limbs, with 2 forefeet and 2 more prehensile hindfeet, with equal ...
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How would reverse merfolk navigate on land?

A reverse merfolk is a creature with the head and chest of a fish with the legs and lower parts of a human. While they would be able to walk around by their legs, they may have issues with their ...
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Pros and Cons of Interlocking Teeth? [closed]

By interlocking teeth I mean teeth that fit perfectly together in a zipper or puzzle-like fashion, but don't literally stick together. What would the problems and benefits of this arrangement be? ...
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Ecologically Correct Onocentaur

The onocentaur is a mythological creature that is, contrary to its name, not truly a centaur, but instead has become a quadruped They have a humanoid upper body, with arms and hands, and a donkey-...
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Blowhole for gilled air-breathers

In my world are fish-like animals that breathe air through their gills. These gills have an operculum, like bony fish, and a pair of mammalian ears replacing their spiracles. Their face is piscine, ...
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