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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Can noises similar to crickets be made well underwater?

So I have this sea creature. It's lower half is lobster-like. It's upper half sort of humanoid. On its lower torso area it has ridges and stuff and multiple pairs of small tentacles to scrape the ...
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Could the Ninki Nanka exist?

the Ninki Nanka is a mythical creature residing in West Africa which is commonly characterized as: being around 30 ft long having a long neck similar to a giraffe having crocodile-like scales having ...
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Humanoid species with Fully rotatable and foldable joints

I am creating a humanoid species for my setting and I thought of the idea of ​​making it that can rotate its joints with a 360 angle and can bend its limbs in any direction. Sort of like owl's 270 ...
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Feasibility of an amoeba sea

Humanity has discovered entire worlds filled with creatures that would question their understanding of biology, but one creature, if it can be called, has brought up many many questions. Appearance ...
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Could bipedal humanoids evolve from bears?

I'm wondering whether it would be possible for humanoids to evolve from bears. bears share many characteristics with primates such as being amazing tree climbers and having the ability to use tools. ...
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Question on Creature Locomotion Ratios

I am considering a mid to large sized creature, the loping quhambo. Maybe eight to ten palms at the whithers and maybe five stone in weight. It is a proboscidean mammal of some sort, though quite ...
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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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Is a sulfuric acid dragon possible?

So, aqua regia is a somewhat safe material for a living being to work with, but the problem is that it isn't metal enough. Somebody suggested in an answer to another question, that dragons would fare ...
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Feasibility of humanoids with bird heads

Humanity has spread out in the cosmos, colonizing various worlds, cataloging countless creatures, the usual interstellar species activities. One day, however, humanity finds a species that is arguably ...
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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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Anatomically Correct Leviathan (Intelligent Design)

Mentioned in various spots in the Bible, the Leviathan is described as a colossal serpentine creature. It is very heavily armored, able to thwart most types of melee weapons, along with some low-...
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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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How to make a dragon's whip even deadlier?

So, in my previous question, the two most popular weapons for a dragon were wings and the tail. The core concept is that my slightly-larger-than-a-draft-horse dragon, who still only weighs a mere 500 ...
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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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Anatomically correct Gigantes

A creature from Greek Mythology; giants with legs that resemble snakes that fought the gods and Heracles in a war (not to be confused with the Titans). Is such a creature possible to make anatomically ...
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How would bacteria go about forming a multicellular organism?

I am working on a planet with life composed of prokaryotic cells, like bacteria from earth but which have formed large organisms. What perplexes me is that I haven't found a single example about ...
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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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Dragons have a constraint on muscle mass that isn't dedicated to flight. What's the best natural physical weapon for them?

Since the dragon lives in a forest, he limits the use of his acidic breath weapon on home ground to hit 'n run, supply destruction, and a way to deter his enemies and give him a chance to escape. ...
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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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Predatory Mimicry?

Mimicry is a common thing in nature--plants employ mimicry to attract insects, prey-candidate animals employ mimicry to look like more threatening things or to hide. And there are plenty of mimic ...
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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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How much aqua regia should a dragon store?

So, dragons are hexapodal creatures, slightly larger than most draft horses (around 190-200 cm at the withers). Compared to the Quetzalcoatlus, dragons have twice the muscles mass in the pectoral ...
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Humanoid hummingbird

I was wondering what anatomy would allow a humanoid creature, where the height of the body is around 4 feet tall, to be able to fly like a hummingbird. I have read that scaling up a hummingbird even ...
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Could Orcs have domesticated hyenas?

In the story i'm writing Orcs have managed to domesticate hyenas possibly of the cave variant The question I want to ask is could Orcs (or any other intelligent hominid) domesticate hyenas? even ...
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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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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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Could the Goliath monster from “Evolve” (the game) feasibly exist

My first quest on this platform was, could the Kraken monster from “Evolve” (the game) feasibly exist, which I planned to follow up with the rest of the playable monsters. Appearance The height of ...
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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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What would a transplanted organ from a corpse use to gain control of it's host?

Shub Niggarath, the black goat of the woods and mother of the dark young, is a powerful entity that lives in a universe parallel to our own. In this universe, immortal entities exist as abstract ...
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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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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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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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Could there be a being made of gas complex enough to be sentient?

Basically, could a gas stick together enough to be internally coherent, and act like animal cells? Or is there zero chance of that happening?
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Feasibility of creatures with long forelimbs?

I'm working on a novel that takes place in a fictional universe which involves creatures with long forelimbs and short hind limbs. Some of these creatures includes amphibians , reptilians and mammals. ...
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Which developmental pathway makes more sense?

So, I thought I had the hunger related bioluminescence for my Keplerians figured out. That once the hunger hormone reaches a certain threshold, the hormone receptors on some cells of a bioluminescent ...
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What is the feasibility of a chimp-like Reptile? [duplicate]

Would it be possible for reptiles to evolve the anatomy and locomotion of a tree swinging , knuckle walking chimpanzee?
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Feasibility of tzeentch inspired species

Tzeentch, the weaver of destinies, the architect of fate, originates from the Warhammer 40K universe and is the god of knowledge, change, and evolution. However, I will take away the god like ...
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Feasibility of nurgle inspired species

Nurgle comes from the Warhammer 40K universe, he is described as being the lord of plague or the god of diseases, decay, and destruction. I will, however, take away his god like attributes, and true ...
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How could crystal lifeforms move and work?

I have a creature that is made of crystal. The problem is, crystal as I know it is structured in ways that don't allow for flexible movement as we are able to do. How could a lifeform made of crystal ...
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How would a creature like this work?

This lifeform is a carbon based humanoid that uses ammonia instead of water, breathes chlorine gas, and its body uses the mineral olivine to toughen its skin. Its blood is blue; apparently an ammonia-...
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Can reptiles evolve like primates?

I'm writing about a fictional world where reptiles evolved and became the dominant species on a planet. on this planet an extinction event never occurred and reptiles still remained the dominant ...
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Internal chemistry of a melon bomb

I am a giant, intelligent, fortress-like, plant-based organism, able to forge many structures, defenses and organisms from my flesh by altering my own DNA and rapidly growing new constructs whenever ...
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Genetic engineering for sea people (false merfolk)

What adaptations are needed for human-derived sea-dwellers? My people are not the classic half-fish, nor are they whale-tail-people - they wear ankle-length swimming skirts that bind their legs into ...
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Digestive system of the “Ultimate Omnivore”

I'm designing a creature that is supposed to be able to eat "basically anything", within the realm of plausibility for what is essentially an organic creature. Its digestive system can be as ...
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Feasibility of a species based on Nyarlethotep (of HP Lovecraft lore)

Nyarlethotep (the crawling chaos, the evil with a thousand forms, the messenger of the outer gods) originates from the literature of HP Lovecraft and is by far one of the most evil, sadistic, and ...
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How would it be possible for a kaiju size carnivore dinosaur to survive with no eyes?

So I'm almost done with my draft of a story I'm writing. And I just got a random question popped into my head. Is it possible for Zues (the kaiju size dino) to survive? I already got a little bit of ...

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