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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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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?

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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What environmental conditions would cause large humans to evolve?

For most of our evolutionary history, we did indeed live in Africa - but not just the eastern savannahs, as previously thought: our biological ancestors were distributed everywhere from Morocco to the ...
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Is a keratin structure that gives milk a type of horn?

One of my species called the Pinnokiins has a nose-like horn on their face. This horn also works as their equivalent of nipples. There is a milk gland connected to it, at least during the time when ...
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Hair that Ages from White to Black

Generally, human hair turns white as we age. However, one of the races in my world does this backwards; they are born white-haired, and when they reach 60 years of age it starts to gradually grow ...
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Would Birds Wear Corsets?

Corsets are a type of clothing which are typically worn to support and shape the waist and torso. While this makes sense for soft-bellied mammals, the benefits to other classes are hard to figure ...
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How could my hybrids from species of the same genus with radically different appearance have more fertility issues but still be mostly fertile?

I want to know if my interspecific interbreeding is realistic or a total fiction. Most animal hybrids are sterile (mostly the heterogametic sex according to Haldane's rule). Some famous examples ...
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Could slow shelled humanoids compete with other species?

The slolis are a species of small shelled humanoids, resembling crabs. Like several shelled animals, such as snails and tortoises, they are very slow, relying instead on their hard shell. They are ...
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How can humans evolve a single burning hand? [closed]

The environment is a temperate enclosed valley on earth (or is like Earth) that has caused the humans trapped in it to evolve different. Their size is normal. They gave evolved a gel that oozes on the ...
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Could these humanoids properly clothe themselves?

The humanoids are quite uniquely shaped: They have a single leg in the middle of their pelvis, which is flexible like a snake or tentacle. They are also facultative unipeds; they can move either on ...
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Anatomical Plausibility of Snake-Footed People [closed]

The snake-footed people are, as the name implies, people with serpentine feet. Specifically, they have the muscles and bones of the lower part of a snake replacing their feet and part of their legs ...
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Anatomically Correct Sciapod

The sciapod is a small humanoid creature, which is distinguished by a single large leg. This leg would be like a single leg, without duplicate structures. It would also be symmetrical. They move by ...
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Would lack of sexual dimorphism negatively impact a brutish humanoid species

In the world I am making I am wanting to portray the orcs as a race of testosterone filled and fairy hating frat bros, where the only difference between a man and a woman is the thing between their ...
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How can enormous giants hide their existence in a modern city?

Meet the Artarons, a group of giants of unknown origin. This troop consists of 15 humongous human-like giants, they have been living isolated in the woods to keep themselves secluded from the modern ...
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How do I know the weight of this shark?

In my game, I mean worldbuilding project... there's a thing called gravity, and gravity affects the weight of everything, and weight has to do with the damage one takes and deals to another, it also ...
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Would crossbreeding between humans and trolls always be taboo?

In the world in question, we have anatomically and psychologically normal humans living in a variety of societies. We also have trolls. Trolls are a hominid species more closely related to humans ...
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How would one design a helmet for antlered humanoids?

There have been many questions on this site about helmets with antlers, but I am going out and asking about antlers with helmets. Specifically, I am asking in the context of creatures that are ...
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How would a futuristic style army use androids that mimic humans in any way? [closed]

In a army(or any military) humans can have qualities that act as flaws in a military. Disregarding emotions, lets say that you had an android, similar to any other droid soldier in popular sci fiction,...
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How would reverse merfolk navigate on land?

A reverse merfolk is a creature with the head and chest of a fish with the legs and lower parts of a human. While they would be able to walk around by their legs, they may have issues with their ...
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Why would women with a huge belly be considered attractive?

In many modern cultures, the hourglass-shaped woman is help up as the epitome of attractiveness. In my story, there are sixteen species of the Homo genus (humans) that can all interbreed: anatomically ...
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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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Can flower pigment work/transfer in humanlike skin and hair?

(Finally came up with a name for my species. Maruvans-derived from maruva, meaning flowers in Shona). Maruvans have "unnatural" (which is natural for them) colored skin and hair (eyebrows ...
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Genetic Plausibility of All-Male Half Giants and All-Female Witches

So, this problem is kind of a two-in-one; arguably two different issues but very closely related, so I'm posting them as one question. I'm designing a lineup of fantasy races for a roleplaying setting,...
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Is there any sort of natural mechanism that would explain why my giants are taller or shorter depending on how many horns they have?

So I've got a species of humanoid giants in the setting. Each individual has their own set of horns, between 1 and 5, that extend from their forehead. The horns determine their adult height, with ...
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Anatomically Correct Kampe

The Kampe is a great horrid dragon with a very unique form They have a roughly humanoid shape. Above the shoulders is a single great stem-neck from which 51 heads (one human, 50 bestial) grow. The ...
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Plausible Anatomy for Humanoid Turtle Shoulders

There are many depictions of humanoid/simian creatures with turtle-like shells. There is one obvious issue with this setup: A turtle's shell is its ribcage, with the shoulders set inside. This clearly ...
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What is the realism level of never needing to defecate? [duplicate]

So I was thinking about making a 'artificial', 6 inch tall, humanoid creature that not only never really makes feces/urine, but is able to pretty much eat grass(or any other plants humans cannot ...
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How well would this hand work as a hand?

The hand has a human-like palm, with the normal bones for that area. However, there is no thumb. In place of fingers, they have a set of unique structures. On both sides is a boneless digit like a ...
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What condition could cause chronically reddened sclera?

I have a character whose eye whites are bright red, and I'd like to make some attempt to justify why. This character's species has eyes that generally become bloodshot in the same way and under the ...
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How could my island-country mostly populated by massive humanoids subsist its inhabitants?

In my prospective dramedy science-fantasy children's videogame Salade de Fruits (which means naturally Fruit Salad), there is an island-country comprising a total of eight islands: The smallest has ...
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How can salamander-people look like salamanders?

Salamanders, like lizards, seem to be quite indistinct. They have very few traits that both distinguish them from other creatures and would be compatible with a typical humanoid being What visible ...
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Could this centaur anatomy work and fit together?

The centaur externally appears very human-like. Their forelegs are humanoid but with a horse's hoof on the end. They also have human-like hips to support the forelegs. The horse body is similarly ...
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Is there any kind of biological mechanism that would allow a species with a naturally short lifespan to live longer through cannibalism?

There is a humanoid species whose natural lifespan/period of senescence is very short compared to other sapients of the setting(around 20 years). They have similar levels of intelligence to humans and ...
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Can avian and humanoid shoulders be combined in a way that allows flight?

It is easy to put avian and reptilian shoulders on the same frame. Unfortunately, humans are mammals (apes, in fact), not reptiles, and hence our shoulders are very close to our backs, heavily ...
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Preventing a word from being spoken

Toward the end of the war between Atlantis and Mu, such magicks were cast that their interaction rent asunder the very length and breadth and height of the world and through that tear entered The ...
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How would a human/floral humanoid offspring look?

I’m trying to figure out what the appearance of a human and a floral humanoid offspring would look like. The floral humanoids have humanlike bodies with petal hair and “unnatural” skin color (which ...
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How would humanity fight against a neolithic aquatic race

In the early 1950s an aquatic race called merfolk for simplicity sake was discovered. But they weren't friendly in order to scare them off the crew that discovered them fired off a warning shot which ...
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Plausible evolution timeframe to diverge from ancient humans and gain plant mimicry

There are people in my setting who can blend in really well with the flora of their native lands, and can even do a passable job of blending in with other similar areas, a form of camouflage. Their ...
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How would the crocodile-people move?

The crocodile-people comprise of a large, spell-bound family. Though human in their mind, they are very herptilian on the outside Their head is roughly human, as are their arms. However, their hands ...
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How would life work if Humanoids had fox paws instead of feet? [closed]

Hiya I'm writing a fantasy story that features Kitsunes. Now my Kitsunes resemble the Classic Kitsunes of myth (humanoid with fox tails and ears) but mine have the added addition of fox paws instead ...
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What are the faceless mermaids like on the inside? [closed]

The faceless mermaids have 2 eyes, on the back of their shoulders. They also have an upwards-facing beak in their chest, which is used to eat. Their head has no eyes or mouth, but does have a nose ...
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Why can only this race of people called "bees" make honey and beeswax?

The "bees" of my world are not insects, but instead are a race of tiny bird-people, no more than an inch tall. They can make honey and wax with rather mundane means, not much different from ...
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How do tiny humanoids not fall over?

Gravity is around 9.8m/s^2 on Earth. Unfortunately, this figure means different things at different scales. We could put this figure in terms of height (1.6m) and reaction times (0.2s), which shoul ...
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How could these aquatic humans survive and reproduce?

The aquatic humans resemble regular terrestrial humans almost perfectly as adults. This means they have hands, feet, and all of their bodyparts identically to humans (H. sapiens sapiens) As children (...
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