Questions tagged [bio-mechanics]

For questions about the mechanical processes that allow organisms to live, including respiration, consumption, excretion. Focus on shapes of body parts and connections between parts.

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The anatomy of an organic microwave generator

I have a concept for a species of arctic-dwelling organism (let’s just call it a polar bear) that evolved an organ that was able to produce microwaves, which it uses to tunnel through ice. If such a ...
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What is the bio-mechanical plausibility of a fox with venomous fangs?

For context, I've been working on a fantasy race for use in a science fiction novel, the gist of which is essentially a red fox that has had its genes manipulated by a supernatural force with the ...
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How could dragons effectively use their wings as weapons in ground combat?

One reason I prefer classical western dragons over wyverns is that they aren't totally handicaped on the ground. However, those forelegs are only supposed to be for better locomotion on ground and ...
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Where would a “Magic gland” go for full-body saturation of magic?

If there were some organ, akin to the liver or a gland (I'm blanking on organ functions right now), that produces magical energy to project through the body, its various vessels, and directly out of ...
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Fart & Furious: flatulence as acceleration booster possible?

It's the Olympics, and it'll be one the world won't soon forget. The sprinters are in position on the starting blocks, the signal is given and the runners are off! However, one man gives off a fart so ...
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Sanity check: 4D bio-wheels

In our 3D world, it is basically impossible to evolve living wheels, or helicopter rotors, or anything similar because free rotation of an axle dictates that there is no fixed connection to the body ...
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Wings for orbital transfer bioships? - The ascent

I've been looking at the altitude boosted SSTO designs from the 90s that were designed to be lifted to launch altitude by modified jetliners and thinking about bumblebees and wondering if bioships ...
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How might a purely mechanical 'voice' function?

In my world there are mechanical semi-humanoid automata. Would it be possible to make them speak in a fashion that sounds natural (i.e. human)? How might it function? The mechanism should be capable ...
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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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Is a reptile with diamond scales possible?

I thought of a concept for a dragon or similarly gigantic reptile with a special adaptation, in which they’re born with scales made almost entirely of carbon. Then, over an incredibly long life cycle, ...
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What would be the disadvantages and advantages of having four fingers instead of five?

Animated creatures generally have four fingers (including thumbs). In a real-world context what physical possible consequences would result in having only four (or 8) fingers? Physiologically, what ...
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Biology of a Firestarter

Biologically speaking, what would be the best real world explanation for a pyro, torch, fire-starter type mutation. Leeching heat energy from the environment might freeze dry your surroundings. ...
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How can dragons propel their breath attacks to a long distance

So if you remember my dragons: They aren't that big (roughly a shire horse in size, but a longer neck and a tail) They use graphene in their bodies, which might or might not explain how they fly They ...
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Can my heraldic dragons fly?

Heraldic Dragons Heraldic dragons are the creations of a mad god, called Anon, designed after the classical six-limbed ones. Measurements: Head+neck length: 180 cm Body length: 180 cm Height at ...
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What minerals that are more durable than calcium would be suitable for bones?

Edit: I am asking in the context of alien life, should have specifyed that to begin with. I have many ideas for fantasy/sci fi races, and one that I kept coming back to is a species with bones that ...
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Could a medium sized mammal in the order carnivora evolve to be bipedal?

In the movie Guardians of the Galaxy (and a few others), we meet a bipedal raccoon known as Rocket (who I am aware did not evolve to be bipedal, but I am using him as an example). I honestly love the ...
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Where would padding inhibit a limb's movement the least in a quadruped creature?

Of the six limbs of classic dragons, the forelegs always stuck out like a sore thumb. They're dead weight in flight, etc... However, since in my setting you can find any sort of armament, short of a ...
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Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 8: Communication

Previous parts here: Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 1: Skeleton Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 2: nervous system Creating a scientifically semi-...
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Would it be possible to rearrange a dragon's flight muscle to somewhat circumvent the square-cube law?

The square-cube law holds true only for objects that are similar. In evolution, you can't make big leaps forward, but since most fantasy worlds are created by gods or people who think they're gods, I'...
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Living nests for insects - Part 1: Optimal Hive shape

I've been playing with the idea of living nests for insects for a while now to help populate my worlds. The idea is that they don't build a static nest out of wood pulp and other material but have a ...
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Dragon forelimb placement

Most dragons (before Skyrim and GoT) had six limbs in total, four legs and a pair of wings. The question is how would a dragon's forelimbs be placed? It's obvious they have good terrestrial ...
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Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, addendum: Metabolism

A while back Demigan had a running series of posts about various aspects biological enhancement for the purpose of designing super-soldiers with an element of (pseudo) science behind them. You can ...
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How can I increase wingbeat frequency for large flying creatures?

Flapping flight bumps into a size limit after a while because of wingbeat frequency. My knowledge on birds is rather limited, so here's how I interpreted that: A longer wing is a longer lever -> ...
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Monsters vs You /Dragons/ How to give them better resistance against firearms [duplicate]

Before we start, no, I'm not stupid, I know that I need this, agility and magic together to level the playing field, but one at a time. As I mentioned before, dragons can synthesize, break down, and ...
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What injury would be of little consequence to a biped but terrible for a quadruped?

Let's imagine a group of people who can turn from human to wolf at will. Wolves are quadrupeds, and humans are biped, so I guess their weight is differently shared in their body, notably when they ...
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Can you create a living vehicle fueled by organic material?

In this world, the vehicles are effectively re-engineered insects; enlarged bio-manufactured nervous systems used instead of engines; factory grown lightweight chassis / [wheels]. The fuel station ...
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Giving dragons more flight muscle

Okay, we know the type-IIb FG muscle fibers are the strongest stuff we can use. So, the only thing we can do is attach more, but how? Dragons are 180 cm tall at the shoulders with a total neck+head ...
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Is there any reason centaurs can't fit their own horseshoes?

Since the invention of hard road surfaces, a centaur would need to wear metal shoes like any other horse-like creature. Can you see any barrier to a suitably qualified centaur (a) being a ...
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How plausible are my metal eating life forms and their impact on civilization?

This question is a continuation of two prior ones. How to render much of a world's metal unusable? What minerals and metals in particular were vital to the development of early civilization? The ...
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Would these structural reinforcements improve dragon wings?

So, I have devoted an unhealthy amount of my time to the dragon question, and a final solution will have to wait... for several thousand years at least. My original plan was to make them at around ...
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Realistic (sci-fi) ideas on how biological mind control could be possible through a virus infecting a person?

I've been trying to reimagine vampires using sci-fi science to explain the more traditional vampiric abilities. So far I'm quite liking a rabies-like virus to explain biting and regenerative rest. I ...
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Ancient Greece have access to cheap, durable and easy to process material, how far can they advance?

Let us consider a human civilization on the level of Plato's Ancient Greece or quite close. They have metal tools and weapons, horse and bull powered chariots, ships with sails and paddles, democratic ...
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Could 'robotic' prostheses be possible in the victorian era?

In my world I would like to have a cyborg-inspired veteran, but am not sure what kinds of prostheses would be possible, ideally without the use of electrics. My main concern is how the prostheses ...
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Symbiotic benefits for large sentient bio-machine

I’m working on a setting, and have a state I want to achieve but need to come up with a compelling reason for why it is the way it is (even if no one but me ever knows the ‘why’.) I’m after a reasoned,...
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What kind of biological characteristic does a human being need to achieve great speeds?

In my book there is a tribe and one of the characteristics I describe is that they can achieve great speeds, something like 80km/h (50 mph) for 2 minutes approximately. How could it be?
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Mind-reading technology

I'm attempting to figure out the easiest way to connect a human brain to a machine, in order to implement Immersive Reality. Constraints are below: Read all user movements, and prevent the ...
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Noah fails his mission - what would Earth look like today and in the far future? [closed]

Assume that everything in the Bible is true up to the point when Noah built his ark and the flood came. This happened in 2348 BCE. Unfortunately the Ark was badly designed and sank almost ...
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What could a person able to re-arrange their muscle strength accomplish?

Suppose there is a type of person who is otherwise a normal human, but can temporarily transfer muscle strength from one part of their body to another. Whether this occurs through mutant genes, ...
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Would humans be able to derive nutrition from foodstuffs found on alien planets?

Suppose humans have developed the technology to travel between star systems. This might be some science-fiction method like warp drive, jump drive, peanut butter drive, hyperspace drive or whatever, ...
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Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 7: Hearing

Previous parts here: Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 1: Skeleton Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 2: nervous system Creating a scientifically semi-...
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Controlling Nanobots in the Bloodstream as a Form of Torture?

An oppressive government entity roughly 70 years in the future has access to elite--albeit experimental--technology. One such technology is a brain chip that allows its soldiers to control simple ...
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Dragon flight muscles

So, Mark Witton had a lengthy article on why paleontologists think the Quetzalcoatlus northropi could fly. One interesting thing about it is that Witton and Habib think the Quetzalcoatlus had a 90-...
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How much pneumatization is possible? [closed]

So, one of the most common theories about how dragons could maybe still fly, the living gasbag theory. Basically, most of the dragon is a cavity filled with lifting gas or air, in order to reduce its ...
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How could dragons run?

You already know the drill: Dragons stand 195 centimeters at the withers, normally 2,95 meters at the top of the head when standing still They can't fly They weigh: 1179 kilograms You're not allowed ...
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Advantage of luminescent eggs?

For example, a quote from one of the Witcher 3: Blood and Wine's side quests says The eggs themselves are a sight to behold, luminescent. The man (hologram) is referring to giant centipede eggs. ...
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Would wide hips be a wiser evolutionary trait for digitigrade, biped humanoids?

I was asking a deviantART.com artist why they often draw their anthros and furries with wide hips regardless of gender, and they told me this (copypasting): "I'll see if I can't whip something up for ...
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What would the size constraints on my creature be?

Context This creature right here is one of the decedents of placoderms that that transitioned from rivers to land. The got onto land during the Middle Devonian and remained isolated from all other ...
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Why would a biped evolve into a monoped?

Say that you have a medium-sized, bipedal, vertebrate-like creature. It no longer has the need to have arms, so they atrophied until they disappeared entirely. Now imagine an animal that shares ...
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How strong would John Carter really be on Mars?

Let us assume that in the future, there is a formerly human colony on Mars that has existed there for some centuries. The people of this world have had time to adapt to the lower gravity over at least ...
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Biological padding?

Designing living creatures is hard, so I came up with a generalized idea to speed up the process in the future: Biological padding is a spongy structure made of spider silk and filled with either ...