Skip to main content

Questions tagged [bones]

For questions about the high-strength calcium-based structure that is present in most skeletons.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
0 answers
63 views

Could an organism breathe SO2 (Sulfur Dioxide) and reuse the sulfur atom for bones made of S8 (Octasulfur) and AlO3 (Aluminium Oxide)?

Problem Background I want animals on my fictional planet to use 6 SO2 (Sulfur Dioxide) instead of 6 O2 (Oxygen) to react with C6H12O6 (Glucose), to make 6 CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), ATP, 6 H2O (Water), and ...
PeanutbutterCat's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
228 views

Alternatives to bone that can be turned into weapons?

In my world (based on D&D) orcs are a pre-metalworking society that clash with various agricultural humanoid civilizations. However, I would also like them to have metal weapons so they are a ...
X Y's user avatar
  • 521
2 votes
2 answers
99 views

Biological mineral storage in an acidic world?

In a world with acidic oceans, shells and bones made of calcium carbonate or calcium phosphate won't work--they just dissolve. As far as shells or structural bones go, that's not a big deal--there are ...
Logan R. Kearsley's user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
461 views

Could bone armour ever match the protective qualities of steel in this setting?

Setting: Urban Fantasy/ Think present daytime, but with RPG elements. Summary: My MC needs to make armour for his army. He can do so using his crafting skill. The skill would allow him to make any ...
OsiriumWrites's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
210 views

How flexible would a Centaur's human half be? Could it turn around 180 degrees?

Would it be possible for a centaur's human half to turn around 180 degrees, with similar flexibility to a bird's neck? I know birds can turn their heads around about that much, and reach behind ...
Askelad's user avatar
  • 132
4 votes
2 answers
439 views

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? ...
FelisMiscellaneous's user avatar
9 votes
6 answers
3k views

What circumstances would necessitate rib cage made of hexagons?

I ask this because I’ve been looking at alien designs for inspiration and on rare occasions found peculiar bone structures. The hexagonal rib cage in particular intrigues me. We know for one that ...
LiveInAmbeR's user avatar
  • 10.6k
3 votes
1 answer
246 views

What are some common, metabolizable materials used to reinforce bones in sci-fi settings?

I'm trying to write about a species of genetically-altered super-livestock with reinforced bones. What are some common materials on Earth that a biological organism could ingest and metabolize that ...
KEY_ABRADE's user avatar
  • 12.8k
5 votes
3 answers
236 views

How to support a large head on a horizontally attached neck

I've got a creature here. Generally around 4 feet tall. The head is not as tall as a human head, but wider, so the brain size should be the same. It has a wide snout with crushing predator teeth like ...
Chickenpeep's user avatar
  • 2,503
8 votes
6 answers
2k views

I want to strengthen bones with some kind of material. Where exactly does this material go?

Bones can be not quite enough sometimes, and for my secret military organization, every possible advantage is given to the soldiers. Including reinforcing bones. But...where do I put the metal? ...
Ceramicmrno0b's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
249 views

What would the skull of my creature look like?

My creature has a completely flat nosebridge, forward facing eyes, canine-like teeth, and horns. I'd also like to ask if the reference posted below has enough room for a large brain, as it is just as ...
FelisMiscellaneous's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
302 views

How would a humanoid be affected by its quadrupedal-style arms?

Humans have horizontal shoulders. We can do all kinds of stuff with them, but what would it be like if we had vertical shoulders like a quadrupedal animal, specifically, a cat? What movements could ...
FelisMiscellaneous's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
118 views

Is there a way to strengthen or keep intact the (undead) skeleton monster bones elements or compositions/components without using guts digestions?

I want to know if there is a scientific way for skeleton monster to keep their hardness intact or strengthening it without getting wear or weakened from the elements. since they have no guts or ...
Li Jun's user avatar
  • 8,899
14 votes
10 answers
4k views

How would a society like Europe in the 11th century clean bones for burial?

I've got a society that worships their ancestors and frequently consults their spirits for advice through necromantic rites. I've decided that rather than burying or burning their dead they would ...
adaliabooks's user avatar
  • 12.7k
3 votes
4 answers
306 views

Reasonably tougher humans against falls, concussions etc

My question is, how do we make humans more able to resist falls(not just free falls, also normal ones and from a "medium" height, 2-10 meters) and be able to move afterwards, at least for the jumps on ...
Blirk's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
3 answers
4k views

Advantages of Bowlegs in Humanoid Species

In an Earth-like planet filled with humanoid creatures (upright, two legs, two arms, head, etc.) the inhabitants have evolved to grow bowlegs. The question is why? What advantage would it bring them?...
bio's user avatar
  • 585
5 votes
2 answers
187 views

Could bones (or bone-like structures) evolve from muscle tissue?

Hypothetically, if an animal such as a cephalopod were to become terrestrial, and walking gradually evolved from crawling, would hardened muscle be likely to evolve as support, with articulation to ...
DoubleS's user avatar
  • 837
4 votes
1 answer
103 views

How long would it take for a room full of bodies to decay in a locked space station without oxygen? [duplicate]

So the idea is to have my main characters wake up from cryo with no idea of how long they were in it and stumble upon a room full of bodies completely decayed to bone and however long they were in ...
Ya boi Owayne's user avatar
8 votes
3 answers
308 views

How good could magically hardened bones get for weaponcraft

I haven't used tag "magic" because while the process is magical, I am interested in resulting material, which is itself completely unmagical and follows physical laws of our world. So, I have a ...
Failus Maximus's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
313 views

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 ...
trash_cat's user avatar
  • 443
10 votes
1 answer
1k views

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 ...
trash_cat's user avatar
  • 443
2 votes
2 answers
170 views

UTH Ceramic Bones/Exoskeleton?

Why and how could an organism evolve to make its bones or exoskeleton out of a UTH (Ultra High Temperature) ceramic like TiB2, WC, B4C, or TaHfC? Is it even possible?
Aezyc's user avatar
  • 1,778
6 votes
2 answers
224 views

What would have to be present for tooth or bones to naturally appear pearlescent?

In my fantasy world, unicorns have pearly horns, teeth, and bones. I didn't write it, but I am hoping to write a fanfiction in which it is explained.
Michaela Strand's user avatar
14 votes
5 answers
8k views

What would make bones be of different colors?

I am currently working in a "fantasy" world without any kind of magic and I thought of a race with different skeleton color (blackish in particular but I want to know in general). I am not well versed ...
DigiAB's user avatar
  • 405
18 votes
5 answers
3k views

Bone Decomposition

I'm writing a story taking place in the semi-recent aftermath of a period of Human-Dragon warfare. The main character falls into a pit used during this period by dragons to trap/store/dump prey (...
Sarah Ellen's user avatar
3 votes
5 answers
319 views

How can I make these feet spikes more sturdy?

The bone is three inches circumference at the joint and one-millimeter circumference at the tip. How might this bone support the front of an animal weighing one-hundred pounds? It runs with its legs ...
MintySweeTea's user avatar
  • 1,548
4 votes
4 answers
472 views

What sort of hip bone is required for quadrupedal animals to locomote on their hind legs?

I am designing a creature that is quadrupedal but can run after prey on its hind legs. What kind of hip bone would allow for the excess stress to be put on it during bipedal locomotion? The animal is ...
MintySweeTea's user avatar
  • 1,548
16 votes
5 answers
1k views

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 ...
Snydwell's user avatar
  • 702
5 votes
8 answers
580 views

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 ...
John Lewis's user avatar
21 votes
5 answers
14k views

How long would it take a body to decay and the bones to fall to the ground from a tree?

Death occurs in extremely high humidity and an average temperature of 23 C (~75 F), both of which continue for six weeks. At that time, temperature begins to fall over the course of eight weeks to an ...
Stephen's user avatar
  • 353
26 votes
4 answers
4k views

What sort of beak would a bone marrow eating bird have?

My world is very earthlike and I am looking to create a bird that primarily eats bone marrow. I wanted my bird to crack the bones of the carcasses to eat the marrow inside. What would the ideal beak ...
bog shrimp's user avatar
17 votes
8 answers
3k views

Designing a creature with jaws to crush iron bones

In my most recent question, I asked for a material other than calcium and collagen that could form skeletons in alien creatures. My favourite answer was bio-steel; "Iron with a small percentage of ...
SealBoi's user avatar
  • 14.9k
15 votes
7 answers
4k views

Alternative skeleton material for an Earth-like planet

On earth, the skeletons of Osteicthyes and all their descendants are made of a mixture of collagen and calcium. We can do this because Earth contains food sources for all these animals containing ...
SealBoi's user avatar
  • 14.9k
4 votes
1 answer
842 views

How much metal could a humanoid safely have in its skin and bones and be functional?

Question definitions: "safely" - the metal would be strictly beneficial; there would be no health problems caused by it (perhaps at least for most, there may be "birth defects" which cause some of ...
Aethenosity's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
497 views

What's left of Bones AFTER decomposition? [closed]

So, after doing a bit of research, I know that Bones decompose in humid conditions and with enough time. However, what do they decompose into? Most people simply say "dust", which works if you only ...
user avatar
17 votes
5 answers
4k views

Feasibility of organisms with translucent upper craniums

After reading this post about a sort of translucent biological visor I was inspired to incorporate a similar design. I'd like to create an organism with a translucent upper cranium, serving no purpose ...
Lutro's user avatar
  • 1,018
8 votes
2 answers
684 views

Possible Side Effects of Resurrection on Skeletal Structure

What medical problems might a resurrected person have that would be annoying but not completely debilitating, focusing on the joints and bones specifically? Yes, this is a magic world, but I want to ...
Erin Thursby's user avatar
  • 32.1k
5 votes
5 answers
32k views

How long does it take bones to decay? Above Ground, Inside, Humid Environment

From death to brittleness? Two bodies, on a bed, in an embrace. Windows and doors closed, so little to no air and light, but not completely air/light tight. No scavenger animals/rodents, but bugs ...
Winchester's user avatar
10 votes
3 answers
450 views

How do marrow adders move house?

Listen. You hear that crunching, cracking noise? That's the marrow adders. They're all around us. Tiny, timid, pretty much harmless. If you break open one of the larger bones left behind by the ...
Joe Bloggs's user avatar
  • 66.4k
2 votes
4 answers
3k views

Dense Bone Weapons

Simple and short question: How much denser would human bones need to be so we can make viable weapons out of it? Would increasing the density to the point that it could be used as a viable weapon ...
HadesHerald's user avatar
  • 1,114
13 votes
5 answers
4k views

Are bones and skulls actually good building material?

If you see this type of road and you are Czech, you are going to say, that is made from cats heads: (Image source) Imagine I am Joe the Average, who was sent to medieval Europe (by accident) Not ...
Pavel Janicek's user avatar
12 votes
3 answers
5k views

Hollow-boned Humanoids

I have a race of humanoids (soarfolk) who, as their name suggests, basically went from normal humans to humans with wings, hollow bones and feathers. Normal humans still exist, and interact with ...
Nathaniel Solyn's user avatar
17 votes
7 answers
3k views

How to Strengthen Bones

This is inspired by our third fortnightly challenge, but a question I've had for a while anyways. Bones are seriously complex structures. Far more complicated than most structural materials humans ...
PipperChip's user avatar
  • 32.3k
5 votes
1 answer
309 views

Creating a species with birdlike bone structure

I'm working on creating a race of humanoids with "hollow" bones like birds (they have criss-crossing struts for internal support). They are short - an individual is unlikely to top five feet. Would ...
CoolCurry's user avatar
  • 2,468