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Questions tagged [bones]

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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...