Questions tagged [creature-design]

For questions regarding the viability of a life-form design. These questions should focus on biologically plausible creatures.

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How to make dragons move stealthy on radar?

What dragon exactly? Well, the ones in my story tend to be "smaller", around the size of a larger horse with wingspans of 10-12 meters. They have six limbs and are capable of powered flight. ...
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How do slime supports their weight and reach higher places?

Unlike typical slime that flows and drip from a height, there is a new species of slime that is capable of scaling height in search of food. I am wondering how does a gloopy and slow moving slime ...
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What could pressure a humanoid shape?

My previous question asked if a stegosaur could become bipedal. I guess I should have asked if and how it could become humanoid-like. Asking if this is possible made me think about all the other vague ...
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Evolution of Rockfolk

contrary to popular belief Rockfolk are not actually living rocks but rather a animal that coat themselves in rocks and stones. some basic characteristics of these Rockfolk include: have extremely ...
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Modifying horses to be able to digest a broader variety of plant material. How?

"I defy anyone to tell me they have a pasture with zero poisonous plants," said Dr.J. "Then I reject your reality and substitute my own!" shouted Dr.[Redacted]. So, I wanted to ...
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Grappling hook which attaches to almost any surface and is actually alive, is it feasible?

wondering the mechanism of how a grappling hook would be able grip onto most surfaces without missing the hit or sliding off. in video games grappling hooks are ropes or chains which when thrown onto ...
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Evolution of werewolves

contrary to popular belief Werewolves are not actually cursed or infected humans but rather there own separate species. some basic characteristics of these Werewolves include: are carnivores live in ...
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Could a stegosaur-like creature become bipedal?

We think stegosaurs could go on their hind legs to get at treetops. Could something like this evolve into a biped? In addition, can you think of other scenarios for bipeds to evolve?
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How could humanoids evolve without having once been treedwellers?

We look the way we do because our ancestors were once tree climbers of forests that started to recede and then they moved to the land and stood upright to carry food better. Could alien life evolve to ...
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A society where you imprison/ bury the females [closed]

The hornbill imprisons its mate in a tree to deter predators. In Wayne Barlowe's Expedition, the sac-back female buries itself. What if something like this were a feature in a sentient species? How ...
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Could my Ents exist?

contrary to popular belief, Ents are not actually plants but are actually a species of animal which resembles trees as a technique of camouflage. some basic characteristics of these Ents include: ...
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In what ways is a food chain like this most likely to evolve?

There was a nuclear war in my world Anthropocene. It caused a mass extinction of numerous animals on the planet, so many I can’t cover them all completely, so I’ll tell you what animals are left: ...
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Could my Sirens exist?

contrary to most modern depictions of Sirens. my Sirens are based off some of the earlier bird-like depictions. some basic characteristics of my Sirens include: are carnivores nest on small, rocky ...
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GM SPORTS: A species designed for playing TENNIS [duplicate]

The year is [Random number between 2100 and 3000]. I own a state-of-the-art GM laboratory with capacities to create any possible species, almost like in Spore Creature Creator. For my own amusement, I ...
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GM SPORTS: A species designed for GOLF

The year is [Random number between 2100 and 3000]. I own a state-of-the-art GM laboratory with capacities to create any possible species, almost like in Spore Creature Creator. For my own amusement, I ...
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Is there any way to estimate the carrying capacity of large fliers?

When it comes to the usefulness of large fliers in modern combat, the most important question is: "How much can they carry before they can't take off anymore?" It would be beneficial if you ...
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Are there any advantages to bioengineered submarines?

So, Blue Submarine No.6. Other than the nightmare-inducing CGI, it's also notable for being furry/scalie bait, complete with the fish lady, Mutio. Most of this bait is thanks to Dr.Zorndyke, a ...
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An organic “mecha” or “krang”. Possible or unreasonable?

In my world, one of my creatures is a 100kg, 2 meters long flying alien. It has a durable yet relatively light endoskeleton which allows it to have proper anchoring for its flight muscles and its ...
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What is needed in a species for it to be particularly weak while pregnant?

Pardon in advance for the formatting, as I am writing this on mobile. In the world I'm building, I'm exploring a new idea for a species. I would like it to have a long gestation time, and to be ...
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Anatomically Correct Creatures that can't be effectively dispatched with guns, but only swords, spears, clubs, quarterstaffs and their like

The safe word is "combined arms". This is extra-true for fantasy elements in a modern setting. Dragons and tengu are helping with recon for their squads along with setting up mortars and ...
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Is it possible for a creature to change forms by turning into a liquid then a solid?

I've wondered if this was possible. A possibly rodent-like creature who is able to completely liquify itself, move into a different build, then solidify itself. Seeing how bone structure would be a ...
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How to get realistic Skinless and Screamer mutants?

My world is set after the nuclear war. I wanted to have two species of mutated humans called the Skinless and the Screamers stalking the irradiated deserts. Skinless mutants are supposed to be humans, ...
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Could Mandrills or Baboons be domesticated?

Could people domesticate baboons or mandrills, specifically for usage as pack of draft animals? I am aware that they are not quite that big, but could we selectively breed them to such size and ...
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How can I make a humanoid character look less human?

I have a shapeshifting character who isn’t human but pretends to be one, but people who look at them notice something is wrong, but can’t quite place it. What kind of features could I give them that ...
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What would be the most lethal melee weapon for trunks creature on land?

Imagine a race of intelligent humanoid beings standing almost 2m tall with 2 trunks instead of arms for handling and gripping objects, these trunk-like arms are similar to the elephant's except they ...
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Fastest fish possible

I am trying to design the fastest pelagic fish that is mechanically possible. The fastest real life fish can swim up to 80 mph. What body design would allow a fish to swim significantly faster than 80 ...
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Anatomically Correct Lamia

The lamia is a creature that originated in ancient greek mythology, but has been depicted in many forms over time. This question asks about the most recent interpretation as a sphinx-like hooved ...
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Would a 200-Pound Dwarf Still Need Facial and Body Hair?

How does a Neandertal compare with an anatomically modern human? This diagram below is a simplification of the real answer: The average Neandertal male stood 64 inches tall, weighed 143 pounds and ...
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How would snake creatures which use uroboros to roll to safety avoid brain damage?

Imagine a particular species of snake living in a mountainous region that when provoked or threatened will curve itself into a loop and every muscle in its body will tighten as it rolls down the slope ...
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A wing that can switch into a leg posture

I thought of a flying winged animal that when lands switches into a leg posture when landing I know that vampire bats can walk but i want a animal that can run at high speeds when its wings switch ...
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A biological tourniquet

Is a biological tourniquet plausible and in what scenario would a creature evolve this? I got an idea for an organism that evolved biological tourniquets. The way it works is that they are basically ...
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Anatomically Correct Salamander

The mythological salamander is a generally lizard-like creature which has been ascribed many traits and features, mainly in relation to fire. The basic traits of the mythological salamander are: They ...
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Self cannibalism - Why no fat?

I'm creating a species of beings that are able to eat part of themselves when they are starving. In a sense, Earth animals do this already by putting on fat. When there is a shortage of food, they can ...
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What would a hybrid of a female giant scorpion and a male wyvern creature look like? [duplicate]

So I'm trying to think of what a hybrid between a dragon called a wyvern and a giant scorpion called a serket would look like, in the book series I am writing. I'm looking cor a coherent looking ...
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What are the defining characteristics of a dragon? [closed]

Most of us can take one look at something ad say if it's a dragon or not with relative ease. So far the only features that all dragonic creature have in common is they're not real. they capture the ...
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Are retractable ears plausible?

My alien species is mostly "diurnal", but relies a lot on echolocation to find its way around. Although it has eyes and lives in places in which light availability isn't a problem, it's main ...
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The chosen one is destined to defeat the devil [closed]

Legend says the chosen one will be able to defeat the devil without fighting it. Over the years many brave adventurers have tried and miserably failed taking down the devil with various plans and ...
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Saving the world by saving an entity

The world is at danger because the death of one singular entity called heart of the world is dying. Copyright 2014-2020 PeteMohrbacher The question is how do I link the death of the heart of world to ...
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Anatomy of men with beards

Lest anyone think I am making fun of men with beards, I should point out that I am a man with a beard. A space-exploration team land on a new planet. They are surprised to discover that the local ...
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Life points to live again

Life points are creatures spawning in random places around the world, they grow to the size of an apple and resemble hearts made of crystal of various colours. They get their names from the ability ...
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Could A Building Hold A Kaiju?

Assume the Kaiju is 200 feet tall and weighs 4,000 tonnes. The building is 180 feet tall and pretty much your average flat building. Could most buildings carry that weight on top or crawling up the ...
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Reproductive capabilites of genetically altered humans

If I have a group of humans that were genetically altered in a similar way, but with different expression of effects in the individual (for example changed eyes, tail growth, wings, scaled skins, ...
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How useful would a giant centipede-like creature be as a mount?

I am in the "drawing board" stage of creating fantasy mounts for my world and I was wondering how useful would a giant centipede-like creature be as a mount ? I am personally operating under ...
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What is the most energy efficient mode of travel by a land animal on a terrestrial planet with 0.1g at surface?

Imagine there is a planet similar to Earth but has a much lower density, the gravitational acceleration at mean sea level is approximately a tenth of Earth's. I am wondering how would a land animal ...
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Why would a dragon's underbelly be so vulnerable?

So, a common trope when it comes to dragons is that their underbellies and necks are vulnerable and covered with soft scales, whereas the back, head, and sides are very hard to damage. But why would ...
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Could a fungus fuse itself to a living creature and how could the creature pass this on?

Behold, a crocodile. The only thing that they have to worry about is hunger when they cannot catch a meal, and camouflage that is better than the eyes of their prey. What if a species of mushroom ...
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Alternative humanoids to occupy late Eocene Antarctica

So here's the idea, ~35 million years ago Antarctica was still quite habitable. This is far to early for hominids but what if a humanoid species arose in South America and migrated south into ...
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Why do orcs have relatively longer period of immaturity?

Description of orcs: Adult healthy male looks like a wild boar walking on two legs towering at 4m tall and weights almost a metric tonne, average lifespan 150-175 years. Diet: Similar to a pig. Hobby: ...
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Could my Bicorn exist?

Its being a type of ungulate, some characteristics of my bicorn include: have hooves (of course) are carnivorous have two forward facing horns which they use to impale their prey are 3.3 ft (100.5 cm)...
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How many types of zombies? [closed]

So everyone who knows a little bit about biology has a vague idea that after catastrophic events or Apocalypses there's always a boom in the variety of animals which evolve. Creatures like us only ...

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