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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 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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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 protect a tail while wearing armor?

I'm in the point of my story when two main characters meet each other, ally and start a rebellion against gods. One of my main characters is a wolf-girl (anime tendencies bruh) however she'll one of ...
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What qualities could a hominid evolve to make it a better farmer?

BACKGROUND I'm working on a medieval world in which homo sapiens domesticated several other species of intelligent hominids during their prehistory, at first enslaving them to take advantage of ...
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Anatomically correct multiarmed humanoids

Humanoids with more than 2 pairs of arms weren't an unknown concept in human culture. From ancient mythology, there are the hundred-armed Hekatoncheires (who have their own thread here) and six-armed ...
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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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Under what conditions would humanoids evolve eyes in the backs of their heads?

Many creatures - humans among them - have binocular vision, where two eyes side by side allow good depth perception. There are quite a few other advantages over one eye, including a larger field of ...
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Bound for life humanoids

I'm creating a species of humanoid creatures that live their entire life in couples. From birth to death, they are bound emotionally, they work together as if they were only one individual but they ...
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Can humanoids be reborn from a tree?

Details: A culture of dryads has a strange death tradition. When a dryad dies there's usually a medic, or better say a "shaman" that rips a strange looking organ or gland off their head. The gland, ...
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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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Can a person lie if his eyes tell his emotions?

Suppose there is a species similar to humans, but with the difference that their eyes change color based on their emotions. For example they would turn red to signal anger, pink for lust, rust for ...
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A Strand of Hair One Inch Wide

It turns out that a single strand of human hair measures 17 to 181 millionths of a meter wide. But anyone who creates or reinvents a fictional species of humanoid has the freedom to change the ...
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What sounds would be common for both forms for a human/wolf shapeshifter?

Here's a world much like Earth, except it's inhabited by a race of shapeshifters. On one side of the appearance divide there is an appearance much like a large Earth wolf; on the other is an ...
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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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Would a long-nosed species have a different voice tune?

I have a race of humanoid species, who, like elves, have better senses than humans. They live in mountains and hills. They look like humans but have longer faces, smaller eyes and are most famous for ...
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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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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 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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Boats for really tall people

So I'm writing a book that takes place in an endless ocean with islands inhabited by many races, and I'm trying to come up with unique boat ideas for races; well I have most of them, but I would like ...
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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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To what extent is it feasible for this race to be majority female?

In my world there is a race of humans who are disproportionately female. They are closely derived from and very similar to real-world humans, but are unable to interbreed with the other races as they ...
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Could human beings evolve to have longer gestation periods? If so, how could this be done?

Hopefully, this is a little less broad. Apologies if it isn't! I'm rather new here, so I'm not used to this yet. Oops. Also, apologies for the length - I'm trying to explain as much as I can. To pull ...
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Celebrity Super Soldier - How Strong Could a “Realistic” Humanoid Be Designed to Be? [duplicate]

Background: Recently I have been working on a story that features a pop star who is actually an alien super soldier raised by human parents. That is to say, she was genetically engineered to be 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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Humanoid that has a low terminal velocity

How can a humanoid creature achieve the lowest possible terminal velocity with its own body? What kind of anatomy would decrease its terminal velocity?
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Could winged humanoids perch on public transit?

In modern times, public transport, whether it is buses, trains, or taxis, makes long-term travel more convenient. Also in that same world, there are winged humanoids capable of actual flying, with ...
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Would a fat humanoid last longer in a famine?

This might seem like an obvious yes but I asked my Momma this question and she said that there are more nutrients in muscle but she isn't sure whether a fat humanoid would last longer than a muscular ...
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Are talons and beak good enough for advanced manipulation?

I know that birds like crows and parrots can use basic tools, and some questions on the site have stated that re-evolving hands isn't worth the trouble/is outright impossible. However crows don't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Evolution of a feline humanoid, specifically upright walking and fingers

I would like a realistic evolutionary path for non-hominid humanoids, but evolution is extremely complex and varied, so I will narrow the question to examining how evolution might occur in felines to ...
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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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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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How would it be possible for a species to evolve naturally occurring halos?

Background: In my world, there are a number of species that stemmed from the 'original base' (humans) who traveled through space for years before a collapse in organized government crippled logistics ...
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How fast could a hominid evolve to run?

This is question is related to the medieval world from my earlier question in which several types of intelligent hominids evolved in isolation, until they were rediscovered, conquered, and bred into a ...
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Sexual pleasure in anemophile reproducing humanoids

This species of humanoids has a peculiar way of reproducing. Instead of the usual physical intercourse between a male and a female, followed by the sperm cell merging with the egg cell to generate ...
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pH Indicators and Fantastical Skin Colors

Ever since reading through the creative answers in this question (How can I explain alien skin being different colors?) I've been thinking about the logistics behind fantastical skin colors. However,...
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Arctic City part 1: Electricity

Background Info So a humanoid species has been found in the arctic. Or rather, a humanoid subspecies. That subspecies is Humanoidus Keplerianus Arcticus. They have dense hair all over, sort of like 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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How would I design a humanoid with retractable claws?

I am attempting to make my species of elves more alien to humans. My plan is to change their physiology in a very specific way. How realistic would it be for them to have retractable claws similar ...
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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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Could you breed a hominid to have an identifying crest?

This question is related to the world from my prior questions, in which several types of intelligent hominids evolved in isolation, until they were rediscovered, conquered, and bred into a biological ...
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Realism of Halfing Weight to Height Ratio + Strength

Looking at a race based on Hobbits or Halflings, and I am wondering about the average weight and if that is affected by denser muscle mass (than human children of the same height), and the realism of ...
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The Geography and Ecology of a Supervolcanic Planet

What would be the geographical and ecological implications for an Earth-like planet that experienced intense volcanic and supervolcanic activity on a scale that, while decreasing over time, was far ...
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How would having two pairs of vocal cords affect the voice of a humanoid?

If a humanoid had a second pair of vocal cords or similarly functioning structures under the primary vocal cords, what would be the effect on the voice? Would this allow the humanoid to sing with two ...
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Bonobo-LIke Social Structure

Bonobos tend to solve disagreements through sex instead of violence, what might have caused this to evolve, or something similar to evolve in a sapient race of humanoids?
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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 "...