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For questions about creatures whose appearance is similar to that of humans. The creatures in the question should be different from normal humans in at least one way but can still be seen as mainly human.

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Insect like muscles for a human skeleton that is alive, would it be able to move in a "snappy" capatult way?

Many insects overcome the issue of limited space for muscle growth by developing "bow" muscle-tendon systems. In this system, a muscle contracts against a lock, building up energy, and then ...
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How would quadrupedal tetrapods use complex tools and become more technologically advanced?

Would quadrupedal tetrapod species be able to utilise complex tools to develop further technologically? (Complex tools meaning purposefully constructed and shaped to perform a task, for example humans ...
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Very Simple: Is white hair good for a hot environment?

Simple question: In a desert environment (Just assume the Sahel-Sahara border area in terms of environment), is white hair a detriment or benefit? Please answer at your earliest convenience.
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Is a four-armed humanoid body-plan as realistic as a centaur-like body-plan?

Many designs for sapient aliens and sapient fantasy races alike - including one of my own - resemble four-armed humanoids; As covered in other questions on this site, a six-limbed vertebrate-analog is ...
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Evolution of predatory elves

One concept I've toying with for a while is the idea that elves are a species of Homo that have adapted to a more predatory life style. With the idea that their agility and strength is derived from ...
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Would gender segregation of bathrooms, locker rooms, and prisons make sense with a limited mating season? [closed]

In my world, the main sapient species are Naledis. Naledis are similar to humans, but they are smaller and have cartoon-like features. Another large difference is that Homo Naledis have a mating ...
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Is it possible for a humanoid to learn English within a few days, just from observing conversations?

A humanoid woman from another planet accidentally stumbles through a portal to 2024 Earth. I want her to be able to learn English in just a few days from overhearing my characters speak. Is there any ...
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What would mermaid population distribution look like? [closed]

What would the population of aquatic humanoids look like? Where would the population cluster? (ie along coasts, in shallower areas, or in warmer waters) Where would the unpopulated "deserts" ...
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Is it possible to have a species where everyone is both male and female? [closed]

I'm trying to create a humanoid species where all members can both impregnate each other and carry children. Each member would be sort of interchangeably male and female, in the sense that they could ...
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How strong would a realistically evolved orc be? [closed]

In my worlds Orcs are species/subspecies that branched away from homo sapiens in response to evolutionary pressure to be more powerful and more adept at surviving in a much more hostile environment. ...
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Determining the step size, walking speed, and running speed of a bipedal, digitigrade humanoid species

In determining what units of measurement my fantasy species would have, I've run into the problem of figuring out what length a step would have, how fast their normal gait would be, and how fast they ...
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Could an average person properly live out of a 3x3(bodylength) cabin/house?

So I figured that, yes, a tiny person living in a normal size home would need or at least greatly benefit from their own house or hideyhole. But with that out of the way, I wanted to figure how small ...
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Would a Lilliputian individual need their own personal house if they lived in a normal sized residence?

At first I was going to ask if a miniature person could live out of a 3x3(bodylength) cabin but I thought about a more pressing question: Would a tiny person need their own house if they lived in a ...
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Does the addition of dominant fantasy races change racism in humans?

Context: This takes place in an alternate reality earth; several fantasy races have existed since the Ladinian era of the break up of Pangea; meaning by the time humans evolved into homo-sapiens, they ...
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Can 'prions' help me avoid a genetic engineering temporal paradox?

On the world of Ruquelis, the horrific practise of cannibalism stands on three legs, however, this question is concerned only with Leg #1: Genetics. In How to have 'easy' sexual morphs in ...
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Does the inclusion of common non-humanoid alien species make rare humanoid alien species more believable?

In a Sci-Fi setting, if there is a vast amount of non-humanoid intelligent life in the universe, like perhaps 20 or 30 species, would this make 4 or 5 species that look similar to each other, or ...
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Would it be possible for someone to have his prosthetics that were made from steampunk materials back in the 1930s?

Edit #1: As I was asked to define the steampunk materials, I should’ve clarify that by this term, I mean materials that consist of metallic elements in general, such as gold, might as well have bronze,...
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"Hard" SF reaction to "Soft" SF Aliens

When we consider what alien life might look like, it seems more likely that life would be, well, very alien. There is no reason to expect bipedal, human-shaped and human-sized creatures. Or to expect ...
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Would Fishmen Wear Corsets? [closed]

Corsets are a useful piece of clothing. They have a variety of uses, including shaping the body This functionality can clearly work in mammals and other cases where the spine is in the back, however I ...
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Would an asexually reproducing Humanoid species have any form of romance or sexual pleasure?

So I have a setting where the main sapient species is a very closely Humanoid race. In this setting, Humans, along with many other species across a number of dimensions, are all descended from an ...
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How would vision be affected by eyesockets placed diagonally from each other?

Some owls have ears placed with one higher, and the other lower. If an (otherwise normal) human were to have that sort of thing, only with their eyes sockets (and by extent, eyeballs). For the sake of ...
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Could sophonts that evolved in colder climates keep cool in the tropics with simple technology? [closed]

On an Earth-like planet, we have a functionally human-like creature which evolved to dwell comfortably in its world's boreal forests. As humans have done, it will likely have a desire to explore its ...
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Is it biologically feasible for a humanoid species to have both types of germ cells?

I thought up a race of humanoids called Daemons for a Homestuck-inspired video game/webcomic. I won’t go into a ton of detail about them, though if I wanted to, I could fill up nine whole questions. ...
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Would Frogs Wear Corsets?

Corsets are undergarments with a variety of usages, including supporting large dress and such. While this is functional for birds and lizards, I feel there is another type of being to consider, that ...
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Are humanoid hind legs compatible with reptilian tails?

Unlike mammals, reptiles lack gluteal muscles and instead have enlarged caudofemoralis muscles to extend the hindlegs. The humanoid legs, on the other hand, rely on the mammalian gluteals in order to ...
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How can advanced aliens seed life in a way that will likely grow to the same humanoid form

Let's say you have some advanced aliens seeding life on multiple earth like worlds. They want sapient roughly humanoid creatures to evolve from this starting seed. However, they are not dropping ...
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Is is possible for a humanoid to have a quasi-realistic explanation for having a limited form of super strength and agility? [closed]

In terms of strength I am thinking of launching people over five feet with a single blow or just by throwing them In terms of agility I am picturing the average action hero Baring the explanations ...
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Can a canine/human hybrid balance without a tail?

I am writing a book about a humanoid wolf (named Wolf. See what I did there?). Wolf lost most of his tail in an accident when he was younger. He hides the stump under his jacket to avoid being ...
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Why would dyadic cisgender women with facial hair be considered attractive? [closed]

In my world, there is a revolution in the world of fashion: women, men, non-binary people, and genderfluid people all must have facial hair if they want to be among the elite models. To be exact, men ...
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Half man half bicycle

The bicyclops are half man half bicycle - a bit like a centaur. EDIT *** Note that someone suggests the title be changed to "Half person half bicycle". However, in my story, the females have ...
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Could clawed fingers (without fingertips) work as well as nailed fingers?

The hand and arm are exactly human from the shoulder to the intermediate phalanges. The distal phalanges are conical, as in clawed animals, and is entirely surrounded by a keratinous claw. There is no ...
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Dragon people with colorful horns

Dragonfolk have skin that looks like rock, but sometimes, some of them turn colorful with very bright horns for the same reason salmon turn from grey to red, while others are always bright and colored....
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What sort of evolutionary possibilities are plausible for a human-like species orbiting a red dwarf star?

I'm working on a story which is sci-fi so soft you could spread it on a cracker, but I'd like something semi plausible. I'm very likely overthinking things to an extreme, but I'd like someone with ...
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How plausible is the idea of aquatic humans/humanoids having respiration like a frog instead of things like gills?

I was reading about frogs, which led me to think: what if, instead of gills, aquatic humanoids had a respiration system like frogs (absorbing the oxygen from the water through their skin)?
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Functioning humanoid society with negligible gravity

In a fictional world, a humanoid species settles upon a foreign planet and intends to build a colony on this planet with an eventual goal of full habitation. They originally chose this planet for ...
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Anatomic design of a 10m tall humanoid that procreates by "splitting"

I'm currently trying to work out how a newly discovered species would work anatomically. It is extremely tall (10 to 15 meters) and has humanoid shape (head with eyes, arms, legs), but it is not a ...
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How to stop Jimmy’s (self-conscious) limbs from rebelling?

So Jimmy (the collective name for his brains) has this one-in-a-handwavium-amount blessing/curse. Instead of one central brain, his head, each arm, each leg, and his torso have independently ...
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If human babies are born underdeveloped, how long would pregnancy need to be in order to be considered fully developed? [closed]

In my world there is a certain sapient species with height around 3 meters, whose bones are more durable than humans, meaning they can afford wider pelvis than most human women I personally believe ...
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How would a secretive vestigial population grow alongside humans, given that they live different lifestyles? [closed]

This is a heavily revised version of a post I made earlier, along with some edits from my friend Enthalpy. This new post is strictly about population growth, and contains no extant references to third ...
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Why would a creature both have carnivore teeth and side-facing eyes?

So, after a long unplanned hiatus, I have started designing alien creatures again, and one image that eve before that hiatus I could not get out of my head is that of a creature which has both the ...
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Anatomically Correct Cherub [closed]

The cherub is a strange sort of angel with a strange sort of form. They are overall humanoid, with 2 pairs of wings. These wings also bear hands on the underside. Furthermore, they have 4 heads, each ...
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Can these fanciful lizardfolk shoulders properly fit together?

One unique way of making a reptilian humanoid is a rather fanciful joint in which human-like shoulders, including the extension of the shoulderblade, are seemingly stapled to the sides of the ventral ...
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How can we maximize the speed of a bipedal digitigrade humanoid?

How fast can a digitigrade bipedal ape possibly run? I've raked through any question I could find on here talking about speedy bipeds or digitigrade bipeds (that aren't robotic/synthetic), but none ...
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How does my primitive species make baby carriers?

The Maruvans (plant/flowerlike species) are a very primitive and use Stone Age level tools. They can make clothes out of tree bark but I’m trying to figure out how they would make a baby carrier at ...
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Could Lizardfolk Wear Corsets? [duplicate]

Corsets are a useful piece of clothing. While they can be used to shape the body, they can also serve the purpose of supporting other clothing While the shaping functionality is not useful to avians, ...
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A species of humanoids can see perfectly well under both sunlight and starlight. What's their eye morphology like?

Assume a species of humanoids that can see under both starlight (no sun, no moon, clear skies) and sunlight as well as humans during the day. Let's assume the light levels are roughly the same as here ...
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Would tall arboreal humanoids make good swimmers?

These are tall, sapient great apes that primarily live in trees, but come down for occasional food or things that catch their interest on the ground. By tall, I mean 6-7 feet on average, but because ...
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How do Eagle-Men hunt?

The eagle-men are a race of aquiline creatures found in the wilderness. They are flightless and wingless creatures about 4ft in height, with legs like an eagle, a body partway between humanoid and ...
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How Would Humanoids Form Their Own Gems?

Sequinoans. This strange race of Amazonians has many unusual traits, but the foremost our scholars are concerned with are their gems. You see, Sequinoans somehow form gems naturally, perfectly smooth ...
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How would these nocturnal humanoids evolve?

I've designed a race of humanoids for a standalone worldbuilding project, but I'm beginning to wonder how they could have evolved. They are very similar to humans, but differ in the following key ways:...
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