Questions tagged [humanoid]

For question 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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What could a reptilian race tell by candling their eggs?

I've got a D&D-inspired setting, and one of the races present are yuan-ti. They're sentient snake people with a variety of forms, ranging from mostly human-looking to basically just a giant ...
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How to get cool night-vision without lame drawbacks?

In this scenario, I would like to focus specifically on humanoids (read: human shaped blinking eyes, protected by eye-lashes and evolved in a waterless environment and fitting human eyesockets, from ...
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Human wing area for gliding?

If humans had wings, let's just say in the classic angel position. It's pretty obvious that we don't have the muscles or aerodynamics to actually fly with them. I was looking at hang-gliders, and I ...
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Anatomically Correct Pinocchio

Pinocchios are known to be mischievous creatures, but why did they evolve that way and how do they survive? The creature has the following properties: Appears to be made of wood Not taller than a ...
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How would 10 generations of living underground change the human body?

In my country, we are split down the center by an intensely large mountain range. Us desert people live on the eastern half of the country, while on the other side of the mountain range the forest ...
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Would color changing eyes affect vision?

I am writing a medieval fantasy story in which there is a race of humanoids who have multicolored eyes. Their eyes may change to bring out one color or another if they are experiencing very stressful/...
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What would happen to a Neanderthal today? [closed]

If a time machine were created, and we used it to steal a newborn Neanderthal, then give it to a volunteer to raise, what would become of it? Could it learn English, and possibly even have children? ...
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how would the osmoregulatory and excretory systems would be for a flying human [closed]

How would the excretory and osmoregulatory systems be for a flying human?
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Calculating the weight of different sized humanoids

In my world, I have relatively robust humanoids as the focal human sub-species, and a number of other human subspecies that are more gracile in build. I wanted to work out roughly how much they would ...
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What materials can be used to make a humanoid skin warm?

The humanoids I'm talking about are designed with all the characteristics pertaining to robots developed with the help of soft robotics technologies. Although the skeleton is made of titanium, their "...
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Armor for a humanoid snake

My world is medieval-ish in terms of technology level. While there is magic, it's not at all enchantment-like so any armor should be able to be naturally produced. In this world is a humanoid snake ...
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What kind of governments would a species of empaths be inclined to develop?

I am in the early stages of developing an alien species and one of their defining traits is that they are empathic upon physical touch. They can only sense feelings/emotions/intent, not read minds, ...
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Are 4 arms better than 2 underground? [closed]

Are creatures with 4 arms viable underground? Creatures have to be able to climb and eventually dig! Those creatures are not intelligent. They hunt and feed on dwarfs. They were nearly extinct (100 ...
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What advantages could I give to “Halflings” to make them viable

I'm my sci-fi setting's history, various hominid species are in competition with each other for dominance of earth and its resources. Among these races are "Halflings" ... okay, not haflings per se, ...
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What stops a race of giants from wiping out humanity?

Starting from 435 A.D., a race of sea-faring giants has made land-fall in Eurasia and is raising hell. Due to socio-political pressures in their island homelands in Polynesia and Australia (constant ...
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Is there a reason for a humanoid species to be 'biologically' matriarchal with females being slightly more dominant than the males?

Following my last question asked regarding oviparous humanoids, is there a way for evolution to 'regard' females as the more dominant gender without going down that road, forming a heavily matriarchal ...
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Is there a way for human-sized oviparous humanoid mammals to produce young in eggs without going the full marsupial route?

As per my last two questions asked, I still have a niggling query left regarding a humanoid species in production. To further support their matriarchal theme through evolution, I have decided to make ...
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What alterations without drastically altering their humanoid shape nor horns, can I make to my species that lower the risk of neck snapping?

continuing from the question I had asked yesterday, I have had another query come to mind. For my humanoid alien species to possess horns, it would surely put forward the risk of being the shortcut to ...
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Best place on an humanoid body to develop biological radio?

As seen on others questions biological radio could be a thing. How to evolve biological radios? What would a species require to be able to inherently transmit and receive radio waves? I was ...
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A proposed method of flying for superheroes

I can understand Super-beings' great strength and some of their other powers, but flying is hard to justify. I want to consider only superheroes that can actually fly rather than merely jump tall ...
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Designing a somewhat realistic “Astomi”: Filter-Feeding Humanoids?

I've been thinking of reviving an old Fantasy idea of mine, and I recently came across a description of a group of mythological beings that piqued my interest, and which would actually fill a niche I ...
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Realistic Puppets: Depth of Emotion

In my story, there is a puppet master who uses disturbingly realistic marionettes in his theater. His goal is to create a marionette that is wholly indistinguishable from a real person, aside from the ...
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What would humans need to sacrifice for a better sense of smell?

Humans have some genes that allow for a precise sense of smell, but they were turned off millions of years back, just like in many other primates. To name an exeption, lemurs are primates with a ...
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How would a literal eye on the back of the head work?

So I've got a fantasy race of people with four arms. Their second pair is able to reach behind them like how our arms are able to reach in front of us, and so could work with things behind their backs ...
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Tiny humanoids?

There are many tiny humanoids in fiction, the Arquilians of Men in Black, the Gargantians of Buzz Lightyear Star Command and a few others. This raises the question, is it possible for a humanoid ...
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What type of feet should semiarboreal humanoids have?

My semiarboreal humanoids have a build quite similar to humans, apart from some more specialized arboreal adaptations. They live in rainforests quite similar to the Amazon Rainforest. Though trees are ...
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Anatomically Correct Nekos

I am new at this site, but I've been creating a fantasy story for a while. Now, I'm stuck. I would really like cat people (neko) in my story, but there is a problem! you can't just stick cat ears on ...
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Extreme adaptation: evolutionary narrative for Vantablack-like skin pigment

Premise Inhabiting my earth-like world will be humanoid beings that have a skin tone that is as dark as Vantablack. Let's assume these human-like beings share the same ancestry as humans and we can ...
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Horns on humans [duplicate]

I know this has already been asked but I did not quite understand the science of it. Say a mutation after birth leads to a person evolving horns. Could this trait get carried along genetically or is ...
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What melee weapon should winged humans use? [duplicate]

So currently in my fantasy universe 2 races are at war, the Anglar and the Darus. Info: Anglar: winged humans (basically Angels without holy powers). Darus: lizard people, they used to have wings ...
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How could my humanoids have fire resistant hair and skin?

Explanations for fire setting are easier to come by than explanations for fire resistance. Being able to set fires with nothing more than their hands, my 'fire-setters' need protection from the flames....
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How long do the human arms and legs need to be so they can fly like a bat [duplicate]

just out of curiosity how long do the human arms and legs would need to be so that a connecting patagium, like that of a colugo or a bat, would allow them to glide like one
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Would carbon fiber be a good choice to strengthen human bones, and how would that work?

Background Hi all, I'm revisiting my musings on plausibly strengthening the human skeleton to better withstand the stresses of combat, melee in particular. If y'all don't care about background, skip ...
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Physical characteristics of 3-inch men

In my world, 3-inch humans live on an Earth-like planet. My question, provided by a comment on a previous question, is: What would an anatomically correct 3-inch human look like? How strong would he ...
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If a human had metal bones that were completely inflexible, would this cause any ill effects?

I've got a subspecies of human, Homo Volantes, that has been designed to live both in zero-G and in surface gravity. Several adaptations have been made, one of them including the replacement of ...
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Alternate paths to orthostasis

I've asked a whole array of questions, so far, centered around an ongoing project of mine that features a world, in an alternate evolutionary timeline, where a variety of well-known mythological ...
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Can the cooperative eye hypothesis still exist in eyes with no sclerae?

I just want big cat eyes (i.e., lions, tigers, etc.) in a humanoid that can be just as expressive as a human's yet not having our very conspicuous eye-whites. Doable, yes or no?
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Is it possible for a “bird+human” creature to fly from one planet to another?

In my story there are multiple planets in a solar system. And each of them are inhabited with different species. The main inhabitants of one planet are "bird+human" things. Is it possible for those ...
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Human-fungus symbiotic species

Researching a lot about fantasy, I've always had interest of mushroom humanoids, but I wanted to put my own twist on them. Instead of sentient mushrooms, I wanted to have a humanoid species infected ...
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Boneless Humanoid - Is it possible?

In my story there is a humanoid alien race, that looks almost exactly like humans, but as you might have guessed, are boneless. Just to be clear, I'm not interested in reasons why they would evolve ...
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Evolutionary reasons for humanoid species to develop third eye

I have a humanoid species that developed a third eye in their forehead and was wondering what could be the reason they evolved this way or what advantages it would bring?
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What would be evolutionary reasons for a humanoid species to develop multiple arms?

I have a species that is humanoid but has two sets of arms and I was wondering what reasons there could be for why they evolved that way?
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What sounds can someone make with a blocked throat?

Fraternizing with the neighbor species led to a bit of a mix-up, and an unfortunate reaction that ended with a face (and mouth) full of this alien substance. Consistency is like a thick mucous mixed ...
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What would a civilisation be like whose people have predetermined lifespans? [closed]

Imagine a civilisation resembling our own, except that the "people" there have predetermined lifespans. That is, in the absence of unnatural death (deaths caused by external forces like car accident, ...
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What are the most realistic ways to introduce a persistant cosmetic difference into human evolution?

I'd like my world to have humanoid protagonists, while still reinforcing that they are ultimately not human, but have simply evolved in a similar way due to convergent evolution. To provide a constant ...
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Pseudo-simian descendants of the kinkajou

This is the kinkajou: It looks vaguely similar to a monkey - it has grasping digits on its forelimbs, it has a prehensile tail like some New World monkeys, and it primarily eats fruit - but it is a ...
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Anatomically correct kemonomimis

Fantasy worlds from Asian novels (and related media) have lots of kemonomimis. They are human-ish species that have animal ears and tails. Of the fox, wolf, cat, bear, raccoon, dog, lizard, and so on....
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Intelligence development: Plausible?

This is another question about my aliens who have both reptilian and mammalian characteristics. Now, I'm not talking about developing intelligence on evolutionary time scales but rather within ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to giants?

Somewhat similar questions have been posed before, but what I'm really interested in is what selection pressures would be necessary to produce a subspecies of giant humans, about three meters in ...
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What could cause Mozart to be a common name? [closed]

My Keplerians, a humanoid race that looks similar to humans on the outside but is not human, have a futuristic civilization on 1 planet and a stone age civilization on a similar planet. The futuristic ...