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Evolution of flying animals on a windy planet

I'm thinking about the evolution of flight on a tidally locked planet where winds normally are 70 km/h (45 km/h) and can easily reach 120 km/h (75 mph). I've recently asked about clothes humans wear ...
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What are the most important aspects of an environment that a drone would need to report for survivability?

Setting: You have an armada of intergalactic unmanned drones, whos sole purpose is to survey planets (or portions of planets) and report information about its survivability, and usefulness in ...
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I'm not a biologist or an engineer. How do I design legs for a large animal that leaps very long distances?

For designing fictional animals, I'm trying to design one with four appendages that is meant to jump large distances vertically and length-wise and is as large or larger than a human, with hands or ...
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How would animal husbandry and domestication change if animals could talk and think [closed]

In the world where Intelligent and speech are much more common and any animal bigger Then rat size rodent Not only has human level intelligence but the ability to speak and understand human language. ...
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I’m making this story that has a blown up planet, and I’m trying to have some animals and creatures that live here that have changed or been modified [closed]

So In this story the main planet has been blown up way before the point of the story taking place, and well I have most of the architecture down I’m stuck on coming up with creatures to inhabit it and ...
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What would a realistic wood-eating animal look like? [closed]

For context: The location is Earth, several tens of millions of years ago. A rat-like mammal began to adapt to digest wood. Slowly, they're growing bigger and bigger, and they'll fill in the stead of ...
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Which bear would be the best weapon for a necromancer's army: Kodiak, Grizzly, Polar?

Background: My question would be: which bear would be the most useful for a necromancer who raises one from the dead. Since the bear is dead, temperature, stamina, injuries, aggression, all of that ...
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Would glowing creatures be possible? [closed]

I have several creatures I either made up or based off of a mythical creature, but the major glowing creature in my world's forest is a night nymph. There are four types of nymphs in my world; Earth ...
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In a world where every animals can see in all directions, how would animals hunt?

Context : the planet is earth like the ancestor of pretty much any living animals is 12 eyed creature. because of the evolution, their eyed are placed and able to move in such a way that all of the ...
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Using a Musical Instrument to Repel Wildlife

I have a setting where a nomadic man lives alone in a forest. Presume the wildlife is similar to a typical subtropical or temperate forest. I had the idea that before he sits down to cook, he would ...
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How much water does an animal need per day to survive?

I'm creating a TTRPG game where players can play as vertebrates from any time period on earth. I'm trying to make my game as realistic as possible and one thing I have to do to make it more realistic ...
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Could A Planet with Fiery Rain Survive?

The Idea I'm creating a planet where rain is small drops of fire, and anything in its way will be burnt. (No idea how this happens, and the technicalities don't bother me, either) Every night the wind ...
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Why do dragons need to roar before chasing down their prey?

The dragons are the size of a double-decker bus with a long wingspan of over 100 meters, despite their muscular build they lack both endurance and stamina so more often than not they would simply ...
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Big feline camouflage in savannah/grassland?

I'm working on a big feline who lives in savannas and grasslands. It's a solitary ambush predator, 1,4m / 4' 7'' to the shoulder, preys upon medium and big animals (antelopes, buffaloes, camelids, ...
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Could animal husbandry in space ever hold economic value?

Could animal husbandry ever have any economic value as a space-based industry? We are already on the cusp of lab-based meat that is grown as an alternative industry, but would the practice of actually ...
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Ecological niche of a horse sized wolf

In many fantasy settings, soldiers (generally orcs) ride on wolves the size of horses, plundering and raiding to their hearts' content. The only issue I see with this image (aside from using a ...
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Why would great white sharks be sacred animals?

In a future web-series I want to create, there is a species of massive humanoids named giants (Homo maximus) (technically, they are still humans, just not Homo sapiens). They are less social than ...
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What Bronze Age Jobs Couldn't be Replaced by Extremely Well Trained Animals?

In this setting magpies and mammoths have been domesticated for hundreds of millennia, allowing them to become far more diligent and trainable than dogs by a wide margin. The mammoths come in full ...
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How dangerous are the equivalent of flying piranhas to the ecosystem?

A zoo containing species from two different planets houses some very voracious specimens. I am calling them Galorian Nibblers. The best way to describe them would be as a mix of starlings and piranhas....
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How to completely domesticate big cats while keeping them huge?

From what I've gathered from answers to a similar question, the big felines would need: a homing instinct, more sociability, an increase in "synaptic plasticity" whatever that means, a ...
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How big can my centaurs be due the square cube law?

Okay, so in my story I plan on having centaurs that evolved from hyracotherium (otherwise known as the “dawn horse”). They started off with a mutation that gave them a second pair of limbs which while ...
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Extending the lives of indeterminately-growing animals with magic

The whole question goes like this: What magical abilities such animals could develop or magically enhance existing ones to greatly increase the likelihood of drastically outliving an average specimen ...
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Will nature after millennia create a temperate rain-forest in my structure?

I am making a weird space that can not exist in the real world. It is made up of bubbles made from an indestructible material. The material is smooth as steel plate on the inside. One can go from one ...
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what alternative topological shapes could alien life take on?

I've always been intrigued by the idea that alien life would be completely different from life on this planet. recently, I've been doing some research and found out that humans, along with other ...
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If other animals evolved to have similar anatomy to humans, would those with dewclaws end up with four or five fingers?

I’m writing a story about anthropomorphic animals who are their world’s equivalent of humans. They walk upright, talk, and have established a society, but I’m having trouble figuring out the anatomy ...
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How do you farm flies?

Fly meat is likely a more efficient source of protein than traditional livestock, such as cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, and the like, in that: Flies can feed on essentially any biomatter, including ...
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How dangerous would a green anole be to a human if it was 12:1 scale, 12 times bigger(barring the negative effects of the square-cube law)?

So I was thinking about a world where green anoles somehow get bigger(and change a bit), about 12 times their normal size. How much danger would an adult human be in if it got aggressive? In this ...
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is it possible in a given world to ride a triceratops and so how would it work?

I've been thinking about this world that's been in my mind and one of the things in it are drake knights which are warriors who raised and ride domesticate breed of triceratops like the war elephants ...
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Explaining Deathwatt

The Atomic Deathworm. An interesting concept, one I adapted. Living in sand is not likely for a worm, unless, of course, that sand is near or in water-plenty of worms live in wet sand. However, ...
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How large can a human or animal get? [closed]

Many legends and fables contain giant humans and animals that terrorize the people. Usually these beast are about 10-21 feet or 3.048-6.4008 meters. But in some pieces of literature, these humans and ...
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Can owls, cats and others visual nocturnal animals see in moonless nights?

Im working in a moonless xeno planet and i want nocturnal creatures. I have animals that use smell, ear and touch, but im not sure about vision. I mean, animals and persons need a tiny bit of light ...
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What kind of wing shape might a butterfly develop for regular over-ocean flight?

I'm currently building a whimsical children's fantasy world; nothing needs to be 100% accurate or believable to real life, but I do want the creatures I'm creating to seem thought out for the world ...
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Explaining an Echolocating Rhino

Recently, I came up with an unusual creature I call a 'Rhydar.' (Rhino+Radar? Eh?) These creatures are aggressive beasts, rhinos that have been mutated by post-apocalyptic conditions into hostile &...
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Does having a hind foot on a digitigrade legs make running slower?

I have designed an animal that lives on a low-gravity planet. It has bird-like digitigrade legs with raptor-like claws, similar to the image below, except with two wider toes instead of three in the ...
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Impact of a massive and static super predator in migration path

I'm in the process of adding the fun parts to my world, and I'm a bit perplex on this one; Premise Let's assume a fantasy ooze An ooze is a mindless carnivorous blob of jello - think cube-shaped or ...
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Can I Domesticate [X]

Worldbuilding generates a lot of "Can I domesticate [insert real or fictional creature here]" questions. This is intended to be a canonical version of that question. I'll self-answer, but ...
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Could Toxodon, Macrauchenia, and Megatherium be Domesticated, and if so, What Would Their Uses be? [closed]

In my book series, there is this huge flat savannah in the tropical north of my continent (it's in the southern hemisphere), very similar to the Brazilian cerrado in terms of plant life and animal ...
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Can life be diverse if they had evolved from different or multiple ''basic'' body plans or multiple ancestors?

Okay, Okay so I know my fair share of convergent evolution, foster rule etc. now I'm wondering because I have three creatures (a insect like creature a herbivore and carnivore I'll send images they ...
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Ranges of aurochs, bison and wild horses

I'm working on a setting where one of the large continents is similar to North America before the arrival of humans, including a biome containing the three large grazing ungulate species: aurochs, ...
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Domestic animals for Elves and their usefulness to them [closed]

At the moment I'm currently thinking of the types of animals that my fantasy Elves would use for various purposes. I wanted to know if the ones I've come up with would be plausible and if there is ...
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How would you design a race of small humanoids such that they could ride a Quetzalcoatlus?

I would like to know whether it would be possible for a sufficiently small humanoid to ride a Quetzalcoatlus, a species of pterosaur alive during the late Cretaceous. Plausible adaptations to the ...
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Uses for Surplus Plops

As suggested in the linked question's answer, Plop are kept in jars and used as living waste disposal, then when they get too big, they are placed inside a pit. The trouble is, when Plop reach maximum ...
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Can my large creatures have metal scales?

In my world metal is difficult for humans to obtain, it cannot be found mining, at least not in any useful form. Instead, to obtain metal, you have to slay large and very dangerous creatures covered ...
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Lions and their natural habitat, and biomes

First time here in a few years. I remember that the last time the questions had to be specific to what I was looking for but I don't wanna swamp anyone with too much info, so I'll endeavour to be lean ...
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Bats as pollinators? Honey?

I'm creating a cold-climate fantasy world and would like to replace all (or most) inspects with bats. Bats would come as small as bees, all the way up to ride-able size. Big ones eat smaller ones, ...
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Could an animal benefit from plant-like vascular tissue?

Vascular plants have vascular tissues that passively allow water and nutrients to flow up between the different organs of the plant. Could a similar tissue be useful alongside animal tissues? It seems ...
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Barehanded vs direwolf

Start game Loading Loading complete You wake up in a forest, naked and lying on your back. As you stand up you realize something has been watching you, it seems to be a dog, a very big f*** dog, a ...
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What would be the physical characteristics of a sapient, mountain-adapted, gliding mammal capable of magically producing thrust?

Introduction My question is basically about what a gliding mammal that can magically produce thrust would look like, whilst meeting these criteria: Can use tools to a sufficient level to develop ...
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Science of attack mechanics [closed]

My alien creature has ability to manipulate oceans enmasse without any magic ,no technology but only a biological method like powerful magnetic field how could it work? what materials is it ...
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Creature design help - biological chemical ways for creatures to generate blizzards [closed]

My organism has power to generate blizzards. It lives in a planet full of methane and insulating gases. My question is as to how it could generate a blizzard biologically. What compounds would be ...
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