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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Inorganic alien consciousness [closed]

If there was a form of consciousness that developed early on in the timeline of a universe, which processed information via quantum mechanics rather than the chemical impulses of lifeforms we're ...
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Fantastic beasts and where to find them: galactic edition [closed]

Far in the future, when we have the resources and ability to travel all over the galaxy, we will, no doubt (hopefully), finally encounter alien life. The chances of us being the only planet with ...
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Haunted by wererabbit's folksong

I've always been curious whenever I heard the mother wererabbit sings a popular folksong to the young, there is a particular line in the lyric that seems to puzzle me. It goes likes this: "up up and ...
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What animals would be most suited to a tidally-locked world? [closed]

Are there any species that would be able to sustain themselves on the sunlit face of the planet, the habitable Terminator-zone or even the freezing icy side of the planet? How would animals adapt to ...
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Making a scientifically accurate fire-breathing dragon [duplicate]

I came up with a concept for how a dragon could breathe fire. However, I haven’t figured out some crucial details, which I need help with. The dragon would capture the methane gas produced by its ...
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Biological Process with UV Light Product [duplicate]

I have bacteria that will serve as the basis of the ecosystem providing UV light for plants within the enclosed, underground ecosystem. What sort of biological process could allow these bacteria to ...
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A laser shooting dragon? [duplicate]

This dragon uses very intense bursts of EM radiation as its “breath” attack. Obviously it can’t breathe light, but the attack originates from its mouth. This beam of light can permanently blind ...
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Is simultaneous hermaphrodite species stable?

I'm writing a story set in the after the end world scenario. The very few humans who survived the apocalypse in the facilities deep underground, decided that human race is too self-destructive and ...
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Is it possible that a species be intelligent and keep their animalistic trait?

As we all know, the brain consumes a lot of energy, so much that we, who has a bigger body and brain only have the same amount of strength as a chimpanzee. So, could a species evolve to develop ...
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Realistic “status quo” between my sapient species?

Info/Background: I am writing a novel, the world I am creating has ~3 (spoiler) sapient species derivated from modified humans. They are: Warriors, I don't have a name yet Have a unique metabolism ...
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Human Genome, does it hold “secret/lost/inactive” Code shared with animals VIA our Common Ancestors? [closed]

I seem to remember reading that in the human genome there's a lot of "inactive" code, codons that might have been useful millions upon millions of years ago but now have no effect on the human body as ...
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Why animals have to breathe? [closed]

First time poster, let me know if this is not about world building. I am not asking about the function of respiration nor the chemical effect of oxygen and stuff. I am asking if there is any good ...
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Could this creature with explosive saliva be possible? [closed]

I am imagining a creature (whatsoever) that could produce an other type of saliva when needed. it can produce normal saliva to ease digestion, but it can also produce, when needed, a strange type of ...
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What are the side effects to an ability that let's you experience the senses from a memory? [closed]

The ability gives you a photographic memory and let's you perfectly recall any event in his life, and experience all the senses (touch, vision, smell, etc.) from a memory by firing the nerves or ...
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Most Likely Natural Capabilities of Space Sea Creatures [closed]

SPAAAAAAACE! As we all know, space is teeming with life, but as fictive astrobiologists, plausibilifying the exact nature of species is paramount. Hence, take into consideration these species and ...
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Can a vampire heal itself? [closed]

If a vampire gets a cut or stabbed or just injured in general will it be able to heal itself? And will blood come out? I remember learning last term that to heal yourself you just make new cells?
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Is this species scientifically plausible? [closed]

Homeworld Zyns have evolved on ocean moon of Ctalul, the single major moon of gas giant Darstan which orbits the orange dwarf Verrstbirt. Ctalul was once an icy planet with an unstable orbit until ...
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A Different Look to Pteranodon [closed]

Any time we hear the words "Pterosaur" or "Pterodactyl", the one that we'd be most synonymous with is the genus Pteranodon. But in recent years, I've been growing fond of that most spectacular of ...
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Is it good or bad for humans and for the development of human society to hide their facial emotional expressions from strangers? [duplicate]

I am working on a story. I just want to know, will it be good for humans and for the development of human society to hide their facial emotional expressions from others especially strangers? If that'...
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Which upper limb layout for a winged humanoid works better for both flight and using the arms? [closed]

I've recently come across some really nice skeletal artwork of winged humanoids, and a couple pieces in particular have got me thinking. Deviantart artist Blue-Hearts has created this turnaround ...
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What would be the most useful were-animals? [closed]

I'm trying to develop a set of "were-animals". The rules of this universe are pretty classic, were-somethings turn into their animal counter-parts on full moons, and once transformed, they look like ...
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How would a nomadic tribe use giant creatures in a grassland environment?

Say there is an enormous grassland in the center of a continent, the prey animals could grow to huge proportions due to the amount of food and water and extreme growth levels of the food. How would ...
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Why should fire-breathing dragons save fire for later?

In real nature, poisonous snakes attempt to save poison for later - because they have only limited amount of it. And instead of it they try to hide as soon as possible or to terrify enemy (if hiding ...
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Possibility of Musical Animals

I was at a musical event a while back and as I saw the brass instruments a question popped my mind, could an animal come with an instrument built in? It seems far fetched but evolution has given us ...
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Anatomically correct vampires

Part of the Anatomically Correct Series. I think we’re all familiar with the traditional vampire: pale skinned, blood suckers that drink blood through their fangs and have an aversion to sunlight and ...
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Don't shoot them! it will just make them mad [closed]

"Look out that's a Bundavark. No don't shoot at it! Sure you'll blow some big holes in it, but it won't do any good, it will just make it mad." Bullets are a really ineffective way to attack ...
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Why would a god create demons that try to destroy everything he created? [closed]

There is a entity, name him God, that created the universe. God created humans, minor gods (Zeus, Odin, Loki, Et cetera). And demons. Each of these things live in their own world. However Demons and ...
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The noticeability of intelligent animals [closed]

In my world that I'm building, {ha ha, see what I did there?} all animals have a small chance of being intelligent and an even smaller chance of being able to speak. {Small chance being how much ...
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How large of a creature can an exoskeleton support? [duplicate]

I want some giant insect-like creatures for my setting. Since there are already answers here that say simply scaling up insects isn't feasible due to things like their circulatory system, let's assume ...
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Made of Metal: effects on society? [closed]

Writing a story about a civilisation of humans with either metal a) skin or b) skeletal systems. Setting: 1800-1900s on a fictional land that has both desert & rainforest. I felt the Middle-East/...
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How would an organism create energy if it had access to no heat and little sunlight? [closed]

This is a continuation on from my earlier question on whether or not an alien species would be able to exist with liquid nitrogen as a main component of its blood. Liquid nitrogen is EXTREMELY cold ...
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Designing an intelligent creature that originates from Europa [closed]

I would like this species to have the same intelligence as Humans, Would it be possible for them to communicate using bioluminescence? I want them to be able to have a culture and civilisation. Could ...
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Could the Molded from Resident Evil 7 exist in real life?

The Resident Evil franchise is obviously the last place you want to take away any lessons on biology, pathology or virology from. However the new(-ish) Molded enemies from Resident Evil 7:Biohazard ...
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How do you think a telepathic society will work? [closed]

I'm currently trying to design a telepathic, mind-controlling alien species that resembles early theropods, like Dilophosaurus, or an abelisauridae, like Carnotaurus. My main concern is not the design,...
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Is there comprehensive problems to this storyline? [closed]

Well im in the process of making a storyline that has too meet these qualifications. -The story will take place in a variety of locations on Earth. -A variety of ethnicity speaking their native ...
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Explanation for glowing eyes [closed]

I wish there was more to say, this question was inspired by this image. Now I know that they are robots but is there a way that I could achieve glowing eyes in real biology?
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What is the botanic equivalent of the digestive system

As part of a series on plant animals, plantimals if you will, I am now asking about the digestive system, that is the mouth, stomach and intestines. All known animal life has some kind of digestive ...
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Run! A giant chipmunk is attacking the city--or is it? [closed]

A chipmunk. 300x normal size. Dangerous. Especially when attacking a city. But there are some unknowns. I have some obstacles to get around. 1: A chipmunk can hold a pound of food in each cheek pouch. ...
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Creature that can sleep/hibernate under the water for a very long time [closed]

There's a god that can morph into any creature he wants. He wanted to sleep for a very long time (like centuries), and found a perfect place at the bottom of a lake that is connected to the open sea. ...
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Environment for my freezing aliens

So I am designing my aliens flash-freeze-on-target mechanism and now I am wondering what would be the more practical use for these flash freezing powers, as a predator or prey. These creatures are as ...
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Universally weak/feeble name for a prey species [closed]

In many languages words have similar patterns, even with different language roots, e.i. Indo-European or Sino-Tibetan. An example being the words for the universal family unit of a male and female ...
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The ultimate organism! [closed]

So I've created this creature I'm calling the Shod, short for shadow of death. This creature lives in space and looks like a massive, black cloud. Inside the Shod, particles move at immense speeds, ...
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My creature is powered by electricity produced by a generator within its body. How might it transport this electricity throughout its body? [closed]

If I were to have a creature that powered its cells via electricity instead of through cellular respiration and obtained that electricity from an internal organ that acted as a sort of generator or ...
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How much pneumatization is possible? [closed]

So, one of the most common theories about how dragons could maybe still fly, the living gasbag theory. Basically, most of the dragon is a cavity filled with lifting gas or air, in order to reduce its ...
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An Organic Polymer that can be hardened into a glass like substance?

Continuation question from this: The Biology behind a slime that uses hydrofluoric acid to disable and digest prey. I've designed a slime that has a bunch of acids and non reactive polymers in its ...
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Anatomically Correct Godzilla

There have been countless online articles that go into painstaking detail about the implausibility of Godzilla existing in real life. But, let's just assume that a creature like Godzilla naturally ...
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Body design for 10 Senses [closed]

A creature has 10 senses other than sight,smell,taste,touch,hearing* subject to addition very soon
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I want to make a super OP dragon that breathes fire underwater [duplicate]

I want to create a super Over-Powered dragon that can: Breathe fire Breathe fire under water Not harm itself while breathing fire (either above water or under water) I would like answers that are as ...