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Which scientific and ethical principles could rule an animal society accepting both collaboration (symbiosis) and exploitation (parasitism)? [closed]

BACKGROUND: On many pre-industrial human societies, agriculture, transportation and industry were based on nonhuman animal (referred as "nonhuman" thereafter) exploitation, and more than a ...
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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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I'm not a biologist or an engineer. How do I design legs for a large animal that leaps very long distances?

For designing fictional animals, I'm trying to design one with four appendages that is meant to jump large distances vertically and length-wise and is as large or larger than a human, with hands or ...
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How does a short finless 'fish' move on land?

The fish of this world have been replaced with similar creatures with a highly conserved anatomy. They have only around 4 vertebrae in their torso. Their tail has a few more vertebrae, but still not ...
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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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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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Can a creature have possible locomotion if the legs are positioned in a x formating to the pelvis or this symbol ><

My alien creatures are arthropods: multiple limbs, segmented bodies, etc. Is it possible for them to walk if their legs are placed in a x formation in thier pelvies or similar to the shape of this ...
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Would low-mounted wings work for animal flight?

The dragons of my world, like many historical dragon depictions, have their wings attached to the lowest part of the body, similarly to many planes. This is in contrast to all real winged animals, ...
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I am making a creature with sloth like claws and need to know how it would be used for climbing trees and walking

My question is about my creatures.So in my world i have these creatures that have bladed claws on each leg think like a sloths claws they have 6 limbs in total two strong arms to move from tree to ...
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How does the Egg-Medusa move?

The egg-medusa is a small terrestrial being with a strange appearance: It resembles a human head without any neck, and instead of hair it has many avian heads and necks growing out of it, which cover ...
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How would the crocodile-people move?

The crocodile-people comprise of a large, spell-bound family. Though human in their mind, they are very herptilian on the outside Their head is roughly human, as are their arms. However, their hands ...
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How does the amphiptere move on land? [closed]

The amphiptere is a snake with wings and feathers. While they could likely fly around, the lack of scales would be an obstacle to normal snake/lizard locomotion on the ground What is the most ...
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How could these sirens move on land?

The siren is an amphibious humanoid. They are mostly like humans apart from the limbs: Their arms are large and flipper-like, being used to swim underwater. Their leg is short, and they always have ...
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How does this being take flight?

The being resembles a very large frog. However they are legless, and have a long lizardly tail. They also have a pair of webbed wings held off the ground like a bird What is the most plausible way for ...
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