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Anatomically Correct Pacman

Imagine a spherical creature the size of a 18 wheeler without the trailer, how does it moves in search for mates? Would rolling around be easier and consume less energy than bouncing or wiggling? How ...
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How large can a flying insect get and still be able to walk upside down?

Given the perfect environment, denser atmosphere, oxygen rich, maybe lower gravity, how large can a flying insect get and still be able to walk upside down on a surface? This question starts to ...
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Which of these options is more achievable for a biological creature?

I have an alien species similar to a caterpillar, the original idea was that the creature could eat different materials, digest them then combined with a very sticky liquid created in its body, it ...
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Could a unicorn species have the horn as its male genital?

I want to make my unicorns use the horn as their male genital. Is it biologically possible to put the genital on their head? I know there are many strange genital locations for animals, for example, ...
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Perissodactylian Cetaceans

Perissodactyla is an order of mammals consisting currently of the seventeen species of horses, rhinoceroses and tapirs. Usually, any clade is connected by a coupling of genetics and physical ...
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Design Criteria for non humanoid aliens anatomy

I am trying to find out if I have thought of the correct anatomy requirements for designing non humanoid alien species. I am designing as many different biological species as I can with the aim of ...
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Land running Octopoid anatomy

This question is based off videos of octopi running using their tentacles curled under and their body raised from the ground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23qzi88k3aM I saw this question Anatomy ...
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Does this gular sac design work?

I'm designing a species of tiny humanoids. They are about 13cm tall. Normally that would make them have very high pitched voices but I want them to be able to also speak in a lower pitch. Siamang ...
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Is it inevitable for tiny humans to have very high pitched voices?

Let's say there's a humanoid species that are essencialy humans but tiny, around 13cm tall. As their vocal chords are smaller they would have high pitched voices, but could that effect be minimized in ...
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A Horse of A VERY Different Way to Live the “Plains” Life [closed]

How the horse evolved to deal with life out on the open plains is...an odd story. Whereas other ungulates could walk through the hard ground with several hooves without problem, the horses couldn't. ...
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What anatomy would a human-like character need in order to produce in its body and spit/spray from the mouth a variety of liquids?

I want a character to be able to spit/spray from the mouth many different liquids created within the body. Liquids would include a strong acid, flammable liquid, strong poison/nerve agent, a sticky ...
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Why would a creature only have feathers on its back?

I have a new creature from my complex remembered dreams. It's skin color is a dark color similar to the skin of a Silkie chicken. The thing I saw in the dream also has white feathers. It's body is ...
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How can human biology be built to allow consistent usage of 100% of the body's muscles without wear and tear?

The island of Themascryia is a nation of amazons, an all-female race that spend their lives training for battle. They are currently under siege by foreign invaders. This army comes from a powerful ...
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What would be anatomy of a massive (magic)antigrav bird?

Imagine a massive bird, size even larger than pterosaur (Quetzalcoatlus), at about 300 kg. It's able to use a magic that allows it to make its bones have negative gravitational mass(but not negative ...
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Anatomically Correct Propellers

NOTE: I previously asked the same question regarding wheels, because I thought that the answers would still help me and that wheels were more applicable to a wider audience than propellers. However, I ...
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Anatomically Correct Color-Adjustable Eye

I'm providing an interesting twist on the Anatomically Correct series by focusing on a single body part instead of an entire organism. The following image depicts the average range of the cones of a ...
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Anatomically Correct Dancing Brooms

Consider the following GIF: The brooms from this Fantasia scene are always busy. They dance around energetically in a military-like march, never stopping to rest. When their wizard overlord is on ...
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Scapula placement of flying hexapedal primates?

I am designing a 'fairy' that is a relative of primates (essentially a sapient flying monkey). It has a skeleton similar to that of a spider monkey, but with a larger ribcage and shorter limbs. It ...
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Effects of Generations Living Under 110% Gravity [closed]

Human colony on another world, Earth-like but with little oxygen, therefore no ozone*, thus resulting in spending lives within airtight settlements (think the Martian, blown up to the scale of a large ...
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Anatomically correct diegetic singing princess

I recently watched Wifi Ralph. There is a scene where Didn't want to read the spoiler? No problem, here goes an explanation. Diegetic music is a part of the soundtrack for audiovisual work that is ...
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Tall humanoids on super earth

I'm currently working on an alien humanoid race that lives on a planet with twice the gravity of earth. Despite this however, the humanoids are about the same size as an average human if not slightly ...
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What does the anatomy of a fairy (10-20 inches tall, flying humanoid being) look like, as evolved from a regular human being? [duplicate]

There are many questions and answers regarding giants and how to scale up human anatomy on this website. (larger bones, better lungs and heart, lower body temperature, tighter skin at the feet, etc...)...
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is it possible to surgically connecting or add functional new elbow to someone arms?

example image from One piece by Eichiro Oda inspired by this Texas doctors sew man's hand to abdomen to save fingers (i know it actually merge with the abdoment, but the image make it look like it ...
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Convergent Evolution of Polycephalic (Multi-Headed) Organisms [closed]

In my fantasy story, various two- and three-headed creatures have evolved from past magical experiments. For this question assume that: Although originally created in experiments, they can breed and ...
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If mammals with paws were to evolve to have human hands or fingers what would their paws/pads look like if they still retain it?

Inspired by One Piece by Eichiro Oda. from https://onepiece.fandom.com/wiki/Nikyu_Nikyu_no_Mi Fiction has many examples of humanoid animals - things like lycans or werewolves, cat/dog/rabbit folk, ...
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Would being collarboneless affect throwing and arm strength?

So I have a humanoidish race of creatures that don't have clavicles and gives them more mobility of their arms/ hyper mobility. While ik about the Cleidocranial dysostosis, the birth defect or ...
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Bones for bigger creatures

Aye so, so I been thinking about the square cube law and such and I was wondering if say, for a humanoid or a human or some creature, to be larger than average but keep similar proportions to the ...
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How to inflict as much pain as possible with the injection of a syringe? [closed]

A character of mine is supposed to be tortured to death. Most of the pain will be inflicted by nanotechnology injected into her, however the guy injecting her is a real sadist and likes the personal ...
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Could Humans Evolve to be Digitigrade?

Assuming humans remained hunter-gatherers, would it be anatomically possible for us to evolve digitigrade legs? Or, is our anatomy too specialized and are we stuck the way we are? I am not asking ...
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Would it be possible for my fantasy creature to have black blood?

A friend of mine has a race of creatures in her headworld and has been wondering about a biological answer to justify the color of her race's blood even though magic is a bit sprinkled in there. One ...
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How would a quadruped walk with one limb longer than the rest?

I have a (digitigrade) quadrupedal alien creature with one of it's front limbs having a longer metatarsals, I'm trying to visualise how it would walk with this deformity for an animation. I'm having ...
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Dodging bullets [duplicate]

We all know dodging bullets is impossible but how bout a person with super vision or just decent vision, seeing exactly when the person pulling the trigger predicts where the bullets gonna go and ...
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Could a living tube kite creature evolve/ exist?

On Deviantart I found a sketch of this creature: It's called a "flying tube beetle" or more often a "flying lampshade". Think of it like a living tube kite that makes its own tether and catches what ...
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Visible light from the brain

I'm building a magic system where magic isn't just controlled by human brains, but is actively produced there. As a byproduct, when casting a spell, the brain generates a large quantity of visible ...
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How many years before enough atoms of your body are replaced to survive the sudden disappearance of the original body’s atoms?

A magician summons a person to the material world to be their servant. Their body is not made from true atoms per se, but is some kind of force projection. In most ways though, they act as a person ...
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Would this winged human/angel be able to fly?

I take no credit for the image below. All artwork and information belongs to Blue-Hearts on DeviantArt: (click on image for a higher resolution) I'm personally very impressed at her level of detail ...
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Humanity with the Ears of a Fox--What Differs as a Result?

In this question, we're looking at a humanity that has adapted one of the most conspicuous ways of keeping cool--larger ears. Desert animals usually have larger ears to have more room for blood ...
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Where to place an artificial gland in the human body?

An artificial endocrine gland is cultured in the lab and is to be inserted in a person. This gland functions by secreting special substances in the blood stream. It needs to be placed in a position ...
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The Giant Roc and Pulse Jet propulsion

I am currently in the process of making a world, and am trying to ground it in scientific fact as much as possible. The world is a hard magic setting, and while fantastical creatures exist, they are ...
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Segmented Endoskeleton

I have a primarily marine creature that needs to be able to move around effectively outside of water yet still be extremely flexible. My idea is having an anatomy based largely on bony disks similar ...
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Anatomically Correct Ego Sword

I'm reading a comic set in a really unique fantasy game. One of the creatures that really caught my attention were a type of slime/sword called ego sword. In their normal form they're a blob but can ...
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Hygienic footwear for prehensile feet?

Prehensile hands have the advantage of not having to constantly touch anything they don't have to - with the exception of things like doorknobs. Feet don't have that luxury, and so in a sense will ...
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Developing a scientifically accurate species of dragon-like humanoids

I'm trying to figure out a way to make this species as I envision it while still maintaining scientific realism. I want to get it as close to "yes, this could exist in the real universe" as possible. ...
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If quadruped mammals evolve to become bipedal will their breast or nipple change position?

As the title says, you know stuff like minotaur, lycanth or werewolf, cat or dog folk, etc especially for the female specimens. I want to know what happen if quadrupedal mammals which usually have ...
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How long to recover from muscle atrophy?

For context, I'm currently working on a short story series centered on a young man living in a dystopian America. This U.S. government keeps its 'undesirables' in medically-induced comas (long story ...
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Could a person replace half of their body with gold and still live? What technology would be needed in order to be successful?

My character is male and eighteen years of age. He has no health issues. 'Gold' can be replaced with any type of metal - silver, bronze, steel, iron, it doesn't really matter to me. The ideal type ...
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Rib size to body size conversion

In lots of barren, deserted or otherwise destroyed landscapes, there are bones of long dead animals to be found. Sometimes, it's a skull, sometimes, these are rib-cages, or ribs alone. And ...
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After the head, what part of the body is most vulnerable to blunt force trauma?

I'm in the process of re-evaluating what weapons my superhuman characters would find useful when fighting each other, and something recently occurred to me regarding blunt weapons like hammers, maces, ...
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Anatomy of a walking octopoid

I have some alien creatures which are essentially land-going octopoids somewhat larger than humans. Tentacles not being a good form of propulsion on land, they have rudimentary 'legs' with one bone ...
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Plausibility of squid whales

I am considering the possibility of having massive cephalopods evolving on my world and having them fill the niche of whales. I've heard about how whales have evolved to increase in size for the ...