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What kind of body modifications could work on fish folk?

I am making a fish folk race, and I want to figure out if tattoos/ piercings could be possible. My ideas for piercings would be on the flesh itself or on the fins. If they had piercings in these areas,...
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Anatomically Correct Cockatrice

In short summary A cockatrice is is essentially a a two legged dragon that has the head and body of a rooster, it also has a serpentine like tail and either has feather like wings or webbed like ...
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Biology needed for a supersonic dragon?

The dragon can achieve mach 1.5 in level flight and can achieve mach 2 in a dive. It likes to hunt its prey through use of kinetic energy like a Peregrine falcon. My theories: The dragon can ...
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Feasibility of humanoids that evolved from non-primate mammals?

I'm writing a fictional story where non-primate mammals (and marsupials) evolved into different species of humanoids which roamed the earth. In my world humanoids have evolved from animals such as ...
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How to stop horses from going extinct in the new world?

Horse were originally native to north america but between 13,000 and 11,000 years ago they went extinct likely due to expanding glaciers into their territory. The question I propose is how could I ...
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Swallowing solids without a tongue?

As a thought project, I wanted to make an alien species that eats without any use of the tongue, but I've run into the problem that it's almost impossible to swallow solids without choking without the ...
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Would the demigods birthed by goddesses be different from the demigods sired by the gods? [closed]

In Greek mythology and many fantasy stories, they are treated as the same. But I can't help but feel they shouldn't... If we assume that gods can take any physical form, how do you explain it to ...
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Liquid-breathing piloted craft

Let us assume at some time in the near future, medical science perfects a biologically safe liquid air solution. It can fill up the lungs of the adult human subject and they can breathe it potentially ...
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Can these gargoyles exist?

Gargoyles are a staple of Gothic architecture and I've decided to give these creatures the time of day. Gargoyles are closely related to Nyctalus lasiopterus. Some characteristics of Gargoyles include:...
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what is the highest altitude a group of Yetis could live at?

A long time ago a group of proto-giants moved high up into a the Pseudo-Himalayas. Yetis commonly live up on high mountain plains some of basic characteristics of Yetis are: have human level ...
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How could genetic engineering be used to create an opposite sex clone?

Do you think it will become possible to create opposite sex clones in the future? A male clone from a woman or a female clone from a man? I think it will become possible. To create a female clone ...
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Could Mothman exist? [closed]

Residing in west virginia, Mothman is depicted as: Being 7 feet tall Being nocturnal Having red eyes (or at least appearing to) Having wings Being white in coloration Having no obvious neck Given ...
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Creating a realistic Sea Boar [duplicate]

In medieval art depicts a verity of odd animals one of which are these Sea Boars now it's mostly likely that they were based off whale bones which were misconstrued as boars. but let say that they ...
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Anatomical Feasibility of a Humanoid Derived from Orangutans?

Of the living great apes, humans are most closely related to the chimpanzees and bonobos. We retain quite a few features from that side of the simian family, and it got me thinking about what a ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to fairies?

Consider this a remake of my "Why might a group of insects evolve to resemble humans?" post. Fairies are a common trope in fantasy works, residing in woodlands and swamps some characteristics of ...
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Whats the largest a kraken could get? [duplicate]

Krakens are commonly depicted as being large enough to bring down entire ships: The largest animal ever, the blue whale can reach up to 33.8m (111ft) long but it seems that they've reached the limit ...
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how might flame retardant feathers work?

male Wyverns collect shiny objects in their dens to attract mates it quite common for Wyverns to get into territorial fight. Now Wyverns are capable of breathing fire but they are also covered in ...
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Anatomically Correct Catgirls [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series Valentines days is coming up and what better way to celebrate that than worshiping our lord and savior Elongated Muskrat and his attempts to ...
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Realistic sea humanoids

bucking the trend of mermaids I've decided to take a different approach with my mermaids. A long time ago a group of Australopithecus diverged from us taking to the sea. some characteristics of these ...
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what kind of biology/evolution to create Xing Tian/Blemmye type of humanoid/monster?

here what Xing Tian look like and the description in the wikipedia. Xingtian appears in chapter 7 of the Shanhaijing (Classic of Mountains and Seas), which states that he fought and lost against ...
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Evolutionary advantage for recurve fang in dragons

In medieval times, news of dragons attacking the outskirts of the villages is flooding in. The King is losing patience. According to witnesses, these dragons can lift cows and occasionally elephants ...
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Anatomically Correct Leviathan

This is a submission towards the Anatomically Correct Series The leviathan, (in biblical terms), is describes as being a colossal serpentine like creature, it’s back is covered in scales that are ...
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Anatomically Correct Sphinx [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series Egyptian Sphinxs are commonly depicted as a lion with a human face. the question I want to know is why might a lion conveniently evolve a ...
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The feasibility of Grey Aliens?

I want to write a science-based story which includes grey aliens. To clarify, grey aliens are seen to be either shorter or taller than the average humans, and sport a bulbous like head. their head ...
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Could birds conveniently evolve sapience?

Next to angels, various types of bird people are among some of the most common depictions of flying humanoids. Revali from BOTW comes to mind. Could birds (or any other flying animal for that ...
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Could my Wyverns exist?

A long time ago, Yi Qi diverged into three main groups: Cockatrices, Drakes, and Wyverns. Some characteristics of Wyverns include: They are tetrapods/quadrupeds They are covered with feathers The ...
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Could a serpentine dragons exist?

Contrary to popular belief serpentine dragons are not in fact magical or related to the European wyvern but instead are descended from the Chrysopelea. some common characteristics of serpentine ...
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What benefits would a symbiotic relationship with an algae provide to the host? [closed]

In the story I'm writing, Goblins have evolved a symbiotic relationship with a type of algae which grows in their skin. I was wondering - what kinds of biological benefits would a symbiotic ...
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What might a cancer monster be like?

A strange concept which I came up with after realizing that vampires, werewolves and zombies are basically created by an infection from a virus. This has lead me to brainstorm how I could make a ...
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Whats the furthest two hominids could diverge from one another and still be able to produce viable offspring?

In many fantasy stories humans are capable of inter-breeding with different fantasy races. There is a precedent for this happening with neanderthal and Denisovan DNA being found in people of Eurasian ...
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Feasibility of albino lizard people

Recently, I’ve grown curious about this lizard men folklore, which revolves around lizard like beings that have the frame work of humanoids. Now this got me thinking of a more human like reptile ...
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How do I preserve the Megafauna in my world?

Over 100,000 years ago giant megafauna roamed the earth such as mammoths, gigantopithecus, and giant sloths. fast forward to today and most megafauna are extinct (with the notable exception being in ...
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Arachnid fingers

Is there a way arachnids legs could have finger like appendages at their ends in a way that makes sense for their structure and wouldn't look like a cheesy design? This creature wouldn't be insect ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Goblins?

A long time ago homo floresiensis split off into two main groups Goblins and Halflings. Now Goblins are an odd little bunch (here's a rough mock up of what a goblin might look like) and I was ...
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Anatomically Correct Yoshi [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series For 30 years T Yoshi Munchakoopas has been been helping Mario out in many adventures even reuniting him with his brother when they were ...
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Modification of the digestive system?

What needs to be changed in the structure of the human stomach so that a person is almost completely immune to poisons and toxins ( especially interesting regarding the poison of puffer fish, Gray ...
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Anatomically Correct Sonic

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. to celebrate the upcoming Sonic movie I've decided to ask the question of what an anatomically correct Sonic would look like? Based on all ...
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How do I explain the long life spans of Elves?

Elves in fantasy are commonly depicted as having long life spans and that applies to my story as well with Elves on average living between 250 and 270 years. The question is how would this work and ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Orcs?

In my story Orcs, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what evolutionary pressures would to a group of divergent hominids to evolve into Orcs? ...
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Mammal evolving spider-silk

I wanted to include a spider-like race in my book (not a typical drider, but more like a hairy hominid covered in tarantula-like hair and thinner and longer limbs and fingers). However, I wanted them ...
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Could these trolls exist?

In a world I’m designing, a group of Homo Habilis or even Australopithecus Afarensis migrated into a northern Scotland environment becoming Trolls. These are not D&D trolls, but something else. I ...
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Options to keep someone awake against their will? [closed]

I already asked this on Medicine SE and Chemistry SE, but both said this question is dangerous and they can't answer it, and on Chemistry I got a suggestion to ask this here again. It is for a RPG ...
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How do donut fish eat?

Imagine a particular species of eel that resembles the shape of a torus or donut. It is capable of generating an alternating electric current in the water as a form of communication between other ...
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Feasibility of Cyborg Trees?

I'm writing a thriller story about a group of explorers who traveled to a distant planet in the hopes of finding intelligent life, when the explorers arrived they discovered a planet that was full of ...
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What would be the best melee weapon(s) to emphasize arboreal mobility?

I'm currently trying to come up with various different Melee weapon "load outs" for the creatures in my world, and have come up with a few different ones for certain situations already. The warriors ...
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Feasibility of leaf scorpions

Recently, I’ve taken a small break to establish a story bound universe, so that these questions can actually prove useful in the future Recently, humanity has discovered a vast earth-like planet, ...
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How does a creature evolve to become invisible to night vision goggles?

I am wondering if a species might evolve to deceive human technology - in particular, a set of night vision goggles. I imagine it is either cold blooded or it has thick fur - which doesn't trap air - ...
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Is it possible to introduce life to a planet via preserved organism?

The dominant religion on my world (created by a race of dragon-like humanoids) believes that their species originates from an ancient being that sacrificed itself to defeat a great evil at the center ...
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Biodiversity how far can you go before a human is no longer human? [closed]

I'm starting a world where humans have traveled to many planets and exhibit as much diversity as dog breeds would. Some changes are merely cosmetic like coloration while others are more drastic like ...
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Could human skin be home to chromataphores, like a chamelion's or an octopus's [duplicate]

Could human skin be home to chromataphores, like a chamelion's? I'm assuming a technology advanced enough to create designer organisms, including designer humans. In other words, tech that will be ...

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