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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Feasibility of yog sothoth

in the Cthulhu mythos, yog sothoth is depicted as a mass of splitting and fusing orbs, it is the past, present, and future and seemingly knows everything. but for the sake of trying to make it ...
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Feasibility of flesh pillars

In the future, humanity has discovered countless worlds, some filled with life and others not. Likewise, they discover another world that is habitable, they study its various ecosystems, it’s ...
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How would a monster decay without leaving as much as a trace?

This question is supposed to explain the phenomenon in fiction that I affectionately call the "clean death", where a dead monster disintegrates after being slain. Normally this would be explained by ...
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Plausibility of a creature made of ice or other low melting point materials

When I was younger I came up with a creature that seemed to contradict itself. It was made of some frozen material, but it had a large back fin in order to get warmth from the sun. I'm revisiting the ...
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Feasibility of space faring centipedes

In the distant future, humanity has encountered, made peace and wars with countless advanced civilizations, but one civilization that still baffles them, is the race of intelligent centipedes. The ...
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Xenomorph-like creature but with a Base instead of Acid as blood

I'm looking to build a horror type sci-fi game based on the Alien franchise. My question comes in trying to differentiate my alien from the Xenomorphs. I want hurting it with a melee weapon to be ...
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Proofing dragons against their acidic breath weapon 1/2: Smart Neutralizing Agent

So, dragons here use aqua regia (an acid that dissolves even gold) as their breath weapon. This acid is made up of the dragon's stomach acid and some nitric acid, stored in a separate organ. On top ...
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Would a large gliding predator be viable?

Most animals that glide are rather light and small. Flying squirrels, Colugos, and sugar gliders all weigh but a few ounces. The largest gliding predators are snakes of the Chrysopelea genus. Again, ...
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How to minimize the required energy for this level of monster activity?

Conventional monsters won't cut it. They whine and cry too much when fighting, they give up and go down too easily, mostly because of malnutrition since Jimmy, The Dark Lord, forgot he can't grow ...
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Is my fire resistant megafauna plausible?

For my project there is an environment with a very rapid fire regime due to the usual stuff like a dry seasonal climate and dragons. While most animals escape the flames by running, burrowing, or ...
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Would a large and venomous mammalian predator be viable?

There are several mammals that are actually venomous. Several species of shrews, Solenodon and the Platypus are all venomous. While the platypus is the largest of these, it uses it in self defense ...
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Fictional Space Plague - Pandemic - Does this timeline make sense?

For a book that I'm working on I am plotting out various points in time to make sure my plot is following accordingly. I apologize in advance for the lengthy post. It is a fungus-like infection that ...
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adaptations for land-based octopuses

This is a follow up question to: How realistic is the Swampus? What adaptations would current octopus have to evolve, to become land based, meaning that they spend at least 1/3 of their time on land? ...
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How did the Booze-Rat evolve its defensive mechanism?

In a specialised organ, the Vesica Spirite, which in function and makeup resembles a cross between the Ventriculus and the Vesica Biliaris, the animal creates and stores potent spirits by the means of ...
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Defensive adaptations for lagomorphs

We all know how rabbits and hares escape ending up being a meal to a fox or a hawk, with long ears to hear danger coming, burrowing, long and powerful hind legs for speed and also living a social life ...
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Science Fiction Fungal Disease - Spore Germination Through Coughing

So I'm working on this new novel with a fungal-like disease that is alien in nature and I have a question pertaining to spore germination. Some background - the disease is fungal-like, but not ...
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How realistic is the Swampus?

In the 2002 documentary the future is wild, numerous biologists and other scientists speculated about the future evolution of various species. In the '100 million years in the future' segment, the "...
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Biological Coolant System for Massive Organisms

The larger an animal, the harder it is to cool down. Ignoring the problem of bone/muscle strength vs size/weight and saying an animal could get to outlandish sizes, would a second cardiovascular ...
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Could you make Bat wings shaped like the different kinds of Bird wings?

I've been designing an an intelligent, bat-inspired avian race, and I've been struck with a question that I need answered. Now, I want to have these bats to fulfill different types of ecological ...
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A Horse of Many Different Colors…Out in the Open Plains

In mapping the ecology of an alternate Earth where the family Equidae still exists but the genus Equus does not, it is usually difficult to find a biologically suitable mythological horse as a ...
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A Creature Reliant on Mechanoreception to Hunt Prey? [closed]

I'm currently developing a military sci-fi concept and could use help working through some theoretical creature designs. During early concepting, the actual specifics of the creature-threat took a ...
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How Would a Merpanther Hunt?

Allow me to present the Brethmechin, a creature of Indonesian mythology. The Book of Creatures website has drawn it as some kind of felid that has adapted for complete marine hunting, rather like the ...
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How would the dwarven Stone Sense work?

Dwarves have been a popular character race for fantasy stories since at least J.R.R. Tolkien. Common lore bestows upon dwarves a unique and all-encompassing relationship to the stone that composes ...
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Dragons are supposed to be glass cannons, what biologically possible weapon would be the most useful for them?

So, dragons here are smaller (somewhere at around the size of a shire horse), and more agile creatures, relying on their wits, speed and insane firepower. They are tougher than giant pterosaurs, and ...
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Alternate reasons to have a shell like a snail

I'm making alternate more realistic designs of Kirby characters. I'm working on a version of Escargoon the "snail" here. Due to his movement in the Kirby anime resembling more of a shuffle I've ...
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Dragon's Blood - If it was a realistic animal what would be the color of its blood?

It is typical of fantasy stories that there will be a dragon somewhere down the line. They are typically the strongest boss right before or after the main antagonist. Now the question is what color ...
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The Red-Headed Whale. Why Would the Head be Red?

In the waters of Iceland, the natives have their own word for a particular brand of cetaceans--"Illhveli", literally "evil whales". And the bloodthirstiest of them all is Raudkembingur, Icelandic for ...
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How can a large creature be deceptively fast?

So as I was creating a variety of creatures I wondered if speed is exclusive to smaller creatures or if a large organism could move deceptively fast to take prey or predator by surprise. This is ...
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How can an amorphous creature change viscocity at will?

In my fantasy setting, slimes are a species of giant (about eight cubic feet), single-celled amoeba. They have the ability to freely change their state and viscocity, being able to "melt" into a ...
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Substance that changes quickly from liquid/gelatinous to solid?

Question: does a liquid or gelatinous substance exist that once outside a body could solidify and be hard enough to be used once as a tool? The setting is low fantasy without magic, yet with ...
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Tree Shape on a Tidally Locked World

I'm designing a tidally locked world around a red dwarf star. The habitable ring is an Earth analogue. The atmosphere and gravity are similar to Earth's, and we're going to pretend the wind is ...
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What is the bio-mechanical plausibility of humanoid vampyres exracting blood by biting into a person's neck?

I've tried to find relevant sources to make this question more informed, but haven't had any luck. It just seems implausible to me that a humanoid with long and pointy canines could bite a victim in ...
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Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 4: respiratory system

Previous parts here: Creating a scientificly semi-valid super-soldier, part 1: Skeleton Creating a scientificly semi-valid super-soldier, part 2: nervous system Creating a scientificly semi-valid ...
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Plausibility of hollow horns?

I am working on creating a species where they have hollow horns (the horns have evolved to the point of being mostly for display and minor neck protection so they do not have to be super sturdy) so as ...
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How a specific nose shape on a species on a cold world would function

So I have what's basically an alternate realistic version of Hyness from Kirby Star Allies's species. I have designed them as furry blue humanoids on a cold planet. There are many large predators ...
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Anatomically Correct Enderman [closed]

As a fan of some of the unique creatures of Minecraft and after looking at the Anatomically Correct Creeper, I was wondering would an Enderman be possible? Enderman Facts: They're from a game called ...
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Anatomically Correct Pacman

Imagine a spherical creature the size of a 18 wheeler without the trailer, how does it moves in search for mates? Would rolling around be easier and consume less energy than bouncing or wiggling? How ...
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The human and horse parts' growth speed is different in centaurs. Why is that flaw still present?

So, centaurs are half-human, half-horse creatures that are usually portrayed in myth as wild, violent and animalistic. Now, I, Lucretius, found a good explanation why. The answer is in the growth ...
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What would the optimal beast of burden created by biotech look like?

Assume an Earth-like planet. The task is to transport a very heavy object through mostly light and some difficult terrain. The object is resting within a basket or pouch, formed like a slingshot and ...
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What would Mimics be like without human influence?

How would a wild Mimic differ in behavior compared to a dungeon mimic? What are the strategies they may employ? What would they mimic without human influence? In D&D and other media Mimics are ...
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Could a creature carry its own biome and be self-sustaining?

Could a creature carry its own ecosystem around with it? What traits would it need to make this viable? These self-sufficient creatures are native to planet which is for the most part frozen and ...
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Would gestation for tiny humanoids take more or less time?

So I'm working on a species of tiny humanoids. They are about 13cm tall and are not that different from humans apart from their size. Would their gestation period be different, and how much?
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Can a horse-sized flying creature grab and carry a human's weight while flying?

As you know, mythical animals like the gryphon, dragon, wyvern, roc, etc can carry things as they fly. For a big creature to fly, it either needs to massively increase the spread of their wings or ...
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How large can a flying insect get and still be able to walk upside down?

Given the perfect environment, denser atmosphere, oxygen rich, maybe lower gravity, how large can a flying insect get and still be able to walk upside down on a surface? This question starts to ...
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How would a tripedal animal walk?

Animals on Earth have 2 or 4 legs they use for walking. On another world, however, animals have 3. I want to know how these animals will walk. How will their legs be placed and how will they move them ...
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How can a creature caught between realms feed on mortal prey?

This is a follow-up question to this: How could an abortion cause infertility in a witch? When the witch connected to a botchling dies, the creature loses its thether and becomes unbound to the ...
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Anatomically Correct Diggy Diggy Dwarfs

The song Diggy Diggy Hole makes some questionable assertions about dwarven anatomy. Specifically: Born underground Suckled from a teat of stone Raised in the dark The safety of our ...
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Is it possible for a race of man-eating shape shifters to live in secret on earth unnoticed by humans?

This is for a story I'm working on. These creatures are what the Native American myth of the Wendigo originated from. Their origins are a mystery, but they need to feed on human flesh at least once a ...
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How would an animal make concussive sound waves from its mouth?

Think of a thunderdrum from the How To Train Your Dragon movies for its large mouth, but it has a wingless centaur shaped body. It has a large head that can open its mouth wide. How would it create a ...
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Perissodactylian Cetaceans

Perissodactyla is an order of mammals consisting currently of the seventeen species of horses, rhinoceroses and tapirs. Usually, any clade is connected by a coupling of genetics and physical ...