Questions tagged [fauna]

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What kind of wing is best for a winged cat

I need to know if this is possible, and if so, what kind of wing to use. I've thought of placing the wings on or behind the shoulders, and having hollow bones. The cat itself is no bigger then a pet ...
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Wild and Domesticated equivalent of a Chicken

I kinda want to write a story similar to the Warriors series, but with chickens. I sat down with a pen and paper and then realized, I need a different animal. Chickens just can't survive in the wild. ...
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Could tigers, leopards, and jaguars coexist?

I’m exploring the ecology of my world. I know that I want a big cat that only lives in forests like a tiger, and another that can survive deserts, grasslands, and forest like a leopard or puma. I know ...
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Could an electric discharge from a sac similar to the electric eel be useful on a land animal

So lets say a animal could gain electricity through the same process as a electric eels. It be able to discharge itself of that stored electricity. Would that be useful on a land based animal for ...
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What would be the ecological impact of short days in summer and long days in winter?

While working on the cosmology of a flat world, I came up with a satisfactory arrangement that would result in the following: Summer: Short, hot days and long, dark, hot nights. Winter: Long, cold ...
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On a planet with a large amount of water vapor (steam) would senses evolve

So imagine a planet with large amounts of subsurface liquid water. Geysers appear in big groups, and pools of warm water are common. So the planet is now covered in water vapor (steam) in the forms of ...
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What If Kangaroos Became An Invasive Species In Eastern North America?

What if kangaroos (specifically eastern grey kangaroos) became invasive in the eastern part of North America? How would they effect native flora and fauna? What would they compete for resources with? ...
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Most important/useful animals and plants to save from the apocalypse?

So, nuclear war is on the horizon. I’m order for humanity and Earth to survive on, organizations, both public and private begin to construct massive underground shelters, each with the ability to ...
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How would a horse-like animal fly using artificially engineered wings?

This animal is built similar to a earth horse. The bone structure is more like a deer or gazelle then a horse. The artificial wings were made by the people in my fantasy world, and they're more like a ...
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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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Is there any food a nomad in a carriage-like transport can easily live on?

Let's say there are 2-3 people in a carriage (or van,boat, or anything with a similar size), constantly on the move, unable to hunt (because of reasons) and of course unable to stay in one place and ...
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How to decimate enemy armies without mutilating them? [closed]

Everyone could agree that smashing a sword or shooting an arrow onto your plate of food is not the brightest idea, but vampires are even more extreme. Vampires eat like spiders, they inject a ...
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Darkest hour, the beast which brings madness [closed]

Darkest hour is a flying creature who usually lives in the depths of the ocean. Once a year we see the darkest hour exits the waters and fly into the sky which will turn foggy and dark. The Darkest ...
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Hand mouths evolution

You can skip to TL:DR down below Arms are strong, stronger than jaws. People can break each others arms just by playing. Grip strength can easily reach a point of crushing 75 kilograms and holding a ...
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Healing by harming others

No one heals themselves by harming one another, except the lykorthios of course! They are fierce creatures of the night shaped with the semblance of primates but with a mixture of canine features. ...
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Why would evil minions raise humans to be their leaders?

Evil minions also known as goblins are creatures who steal or raise children of humans to be their leaders and to guide them on evil deeds. Humans raised by goblins are intelligent and good in the art ...
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Mcguffins, everyone wants them

A mcguffin is a creature who is wanted by many organizations on earth, wars were waged through history to obtain a mcguffin and to this day they still are. People sacrifice their lives seeking or ...
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Fauna evolved to use portals

Random portals of spherical shape are found on the surface of the planet, they are pitch black and have a diameter of 3 meters. Once something enters any of the many random portals, they are "...
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Reason for one sex to develop a hammerhead

I'm looking for a reason to explain why a species of fictional creatures resembling vaguely a shark has evolved this form of sexual dimorphism where one sex has an hammerhead and the other doesn't. ...
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Hunting style of a feline species with doubled sets of fangs

Some time ago I stumbled over a picture in the internet showing a cat with two fangs on each side, directly behind each other. In this case they just didn't loose her baby teeth but it aroused in me ...
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Ways to work with/collaborate with animals with control over them [closed]

I've recently seen a post about talking to animals, and there have been very interesting discussions there. But this made me think of how a theoretical human, with basic physiology, could work with ...
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Can fallow deer be used for milk?

Is is possible or easy to milk a fallow deer, is it a quality milk, and can it be turned into cheese?
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Water mimicry : ability to turn into liquid

I want a creature capable of going from a solid structure capable of walking to a liquid or slimy substance clear as water or ocean blue. How can this be accomplished?
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Biological explosives

I want an organism to be capable of producing Diethylzinc or any other similar substance which on contact with external air explodes or ignites. The creature can be as complex as an animal or it can ...
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Ability to harden skin at will

How can one explain the ability of a creature to harden their skin to a solid strong enough to fend off predator bites? The skin must go from being elastic and flexible to being a biological shield ...
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Is there any wild animal that exists today that shares a similar niche with the auroch?

I am exploring alternative domestic animals instead cows, while still using a cow-like animal. The question I ask is in the title, and is pretty self explanatory
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Which animal to breed to be a perfect assassin

What is the best choice when it come to deciding which animal to breed to be a perfect assassin? The animal must be smart enough to understand which person to kill and which not to. The animal ...
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Could a population lemurs evolve to suite colder climates and fill the niche or similar niche of squirrels?

In my world there is a southern continent that features some of the fauna from Madagascar and this includes the lemur. I’m wondering if the lemurs that live on this warm southern continent could ...
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Help With Animal Survival Rates and Understanding Adaptations And Genetics

Skippable Introduction I asked a similar question 2 years ago and never got a real answer. I was told the question was too broad or "it can be whatever you want" "magic can do anything" so I thought ...
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How would head shaping affect the ligament attachments of a gorillas skull?

After researching many head shaping cultures like the Paracas and proto Nazca it seems there is no adverse affects beyond physical. What would the affects be on a gorilla? Would it be able to function ...
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How fast can a large animal knuckle-walk?

Start with a silverback gorilla, make it roughly three times bigger, assume it's bone and muscle structure is capable of compensating for the increased size: how fast can a thing like that reasonably ...
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questions about my screeching wyvern?

OK, this how it goes for my wyvern (they're called scaled howlers) in my story: my wyvern are not very large, almost the size of a Haast eagle They mate for life, forming strong monogamous pair bonds ...
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harmless snake venom that causes muscle pain? [closed]

let say if this snake exist, it's venomous but it's venom is not dangerous, but it can cause muscle this snake uses this venom to kill small animals and uses also to make it attackers move slowly ...
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a skunk that can't stink, but can blind you temporarily? [duplicate]

I want put a skunk in my story that doesn't spray stinky toxic spray (mixture of sulfur-containing chemicals such as thiols ) but it can blind you temporarily and can also causes inflammation what ...
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Could a “multicellular” virus exist?

When I say multicellular I mean it's made of more that one viruses. Basically it's a bunch of viruses that act like viruses but use the viruses made by infected cells to build a "multicellular" ...
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Human vs Dinosaur conflict in post apocalyptic world [closed]

500 years post apocalypse, human society is based on small settlements surrounded by electric fences. This is because, during this time dinosaurs have returned to roam the earth. These dinosaurs are ...
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Harmless spitting snakes

I want to create a harmless snake that can spit like a spitting cobra as a defense while kills its prey by constriction. Its venom is considered harmless, but when goes to the eyes it causes ...
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What are the tactical advantages of having an attack animal that attacks in response to laser sighting?

In a world not too dissimilar from ours, a nefarious organisation fields various bioengineered attack animals (think B.O.Ws from Resident Evil) to support its foot soldiers in multiple situations. One ...
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Acid-spitting dragons

I did a lot of research and asking questions about dragons' breathing ability: if there was a dragon that spits pyrophoric liquids like a spitting cobra A tiny fire-breather can any animals (example ...
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can any animals (example dragons) can synthesise pyrophoric subtances and contain it in a special sac (like tert-butyllithium)?

so according to this website: https://haraldas.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/dragon-fire-ever-wonder-if-its-possible/ it said that it could be possible for any animals to synthesise tert-butyllithium ...
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How could a warrior hold a large, monstrous animal's attention? (i.e. plausible RPG-style “tanking”) [closed]

QUESTION: In RPGs, "tanking" is where one heavily armored character forces a monster to attack him or her, permitting the rest of the party to attack and kill the monster without fear of taking ...
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What conditions would be necessary to have all of the world's mainland animals be subjected to island gigantism?

Most of the humans on my alternate universe's Earth have gone extinct due to a global war, leaving a handful of survivors and the buildings to serve as a reminder of how great they once were. This ...
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Evolution of flying skulls?

We may all have some familiarity with winged skulls - from Avenged Sevenfold's album covers to bikie shirts. However, for my science-fiction/horror story, I am curious about how these creatures would ...
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Without powered greenhouses or trade, what's the coldest possible climate for a sustainable nation?

In a setting where an empire establishes an island colony far to the north, what is the coldest climate such a colony could sustainably survive were that empire to collapse and stop sending supply ...
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creatures that uses sounds/vibrations as a defense mechanism

is it possible for certain creatures that can use infrasound or even vibrations as a defense mechanism, like: - causing them to get a severe headache or even weaken them - temporarily stunning its ...
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Civlization with no domestication

Let's have your typical fantasy world, with many races. During searching what I could do to make humans a little special, someone give me idea of letting them to be only race that have ability to ...
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Possible explanation for why fully marine reptiles adapt to side to side tail motions while aquatic mamals develop mainly up and down tail motions? [closed]

To a certain extent, crocodiles and marine iguanas have also developed this behavior. Is this due to skeletal difference between mammals and reptiles? (This does not apply to marine mammals/reptiles ...
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How to make a self-sustaining necropolis?

My living friends. I'm a Lich, a wizard that became a undead and obtained immortality, I am looking to build a necropolis for me to be its king, I chose a distant city to turn it's inabitants into ...
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How to create fictional earth ecosystems with lots of megafauna which can plausibly coexist?

Ecosystems like the african savanna have lots of megafauna which to some extent compete with each other for the same prey/vegetation, but still coexist just fine. So how do I construct similarly ...
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What are some good Warrior Cats Names? [closed]

I need some warrior cat names starting with some creative prefixes and ending with some not-often used suffixes. I need both she-cat and tom names. Thank you all so much!!!! Some prefixes I'd like to ...

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