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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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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 ...
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Eusocial Humanoids?

How could a humanoid race and/or a human subspecies develop eusocial behavior? It's more common in insects like bees, but the naked mole rat is a eusocial mammal, so it's possible, any thoughts on the ...
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Supporting bigger breasts?

I had an idea for a race of humanoids significantly larger than normal humans, but the females would need larger breasts than humans, for feeding bigger babies, obviously. How could their bodies adapt ...
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How would height be affected in an exoskeleton-based humanoid?

I've been curious about writing about a very durable exoskeleton humanoid species, but I have wondered about how the extra weight of a thick exoskeleton would affect their height. I do not see them ...
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How could a humanoid baby glow from hunger?

I assume whatever organs are used for the bioluminescence must be inside the baby's abdomen and specialized for bioluminescence and since the glow is gone entirely at 6 months, those organs must die ...
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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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Effective 16th century military ration system for particular fantasy race

A race of pseudo-humans army must plan a system of rations for a long campaign on a faraway land in which they cannot rely on foraging. The campaign’s expected to last somewhere between a few months ...
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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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How could can humans evolve to have reptilian attributes?

In my world, all of my demihumans have evolved from the same ancestor from modern humans. This conceptually includes my version of Reptilians/Lizardfolk. For the most part I would have them share the ...
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Ovulation dependent menstrual cycle?

So my Keplerians have a menstrual cycle that typically lasts 45 days on average. My proposed menstrual cycle is dependent on ovulation. So multiple ovulations without a period could occur but multiple ...
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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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What differences would there be between an intelligently designed human and an evolved one? [closed]

In my world my races (Humans, Elves and Dwarves mainly) are almost intelligently designed (not quite created by a god in their image, but definitely 'created'). And this got me to thinking, are there ...
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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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How could Giants sit in public transit?

An extension to another question about public transit and mythical humanoids. In the same modern world as proposed, there are Giant humanoids with a decent population of 50,000,000 . But not in the ...
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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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Encouraging Kindness in Rich People? [closed]

As the video linked here shows, there is some evidence linking greater wealth to a greater chance of being more of a jerk. Assuming that we're talking about humans or a sapient race with more or less ...
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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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Mistaken For Wings?

What feature could more feasible evolve in a humanoid race, related to humans or not, that could be mistaken at first glance and/or conflated into by word of mouth exaggerating things, wings?
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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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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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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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Avoiding muscle atrophy from muscle injury

My Keplerians are humanoids but they have a special organ and special hormones for protein storage. Not only that but they don't get muscle atrophy from injury. Take the abdominal muscles for example. ...
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Migrating on foot: Formation

My Keplerians have no faster way of migrating than on foot. I mean sure, some have wings and can fly but there is a limited carrying weight and flight is rare among Keplerians. Also no animals have ...
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Adapting organs, How would they adapt?

Okay so I get that for flexibility I need no bones. My octopeople do live on land so they do have lungs. But they are more amphibious than we are. So here is my proposed life cycle: Pregnant ...
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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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Humanoid based on Octopus: Flexibility and organ protection

I am planning on making a new species based on octopus and humans. Human in skeletal structure, Octopus flexibility. I am thinking of calling them octopeople. As far as flexibility, I am thinking of ...
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World where humans have high competition [closed]

Humans living a world of a vast pool of intelligent species doesn't seem easy for them. Creatures like centaurus, lamias, bearfolk, driders and so on, there are too many to list all of them. Humans ...
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Humanoid with inverted internal temperature [closed]

Anyone have any thoughts on a humanoid that had a low, perhaps even cold, internal body temp and how it might regulate that? Also, would it make more sense to have said humanoids natively be from a ...
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Humanoids with Wings ~ How Would it Work? [duplicate]

I need help with figuring out how two different types of wings would work for two different types of human-like creatures. This includes how they would fly [flapping, wing length, other things that ...
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How would a non-ossified hyoid bone affect the vocal range of a humanoid?

Lately, I have been working on the way a group of humanoids vocalizes. In the anatomy of vocalization, I have recently asked about and explored some variation in vocal cords. The hyoid bone ...
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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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Should gender be revealed early for a healthy child? [closed]

My Keplerians are externally gender neutral for 5 years. Now genetic testing will reveal gender but they don't do routine genetic testing. Obviously if a young Keplerian goes to the doctor due to ...
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How would a sea-dwelling species wage a war with humanoids (and possibly win)? [closed]

There are two dominant species on the planet Someplace. One is humanoid, much like us. They have modern-day technology, and have similar physical traits. There are around 1 million people in the ...
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Solid ribcage humanoid

Can a humanoid that doesn't have ribs but instead has solid bone plates function properly ? Imagine plates starting from upper trapezius to the lower back and the obliques but leaving open the belly ...
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Would a floating clavicle be useful in arboreal humanoids?

My race of arboreal humanoids has limb proportions very similar to those of a human apart from their slightly lengthened arms. They are already quite strong, and I'm hoping to add to their ...
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How could a human-like organism be stronger than a chimpanzee? Would this even be practical?

Disclaimer: By human-like, I am referring mostly to limb proportions similar to ours. Would it be reasonable for the average member of a bipedal species with proportions similar to those of humans ...
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What evolutionary pressures could turn a group of divergent hominids into matriarchal giants?

QUESTION Other questions have covered what the physical structure of a humanoid giant might look like. Assuming that anatomically modern humans (or something close) were dispersed into several ...
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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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Lisa's pregnancy support: is it practical for any pregnancy? [closed]

While Lisa is pregnant, she gets support from her husband and his grandparents. Robin ends up on double duty, both hunting and building because pregnancy makes it difficult for Lisa to hunt. His ...
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In a species of simultaneous hermaphrodites, would there be any meaningful difference between siblings of the same parents in opposite roles?

Inspired by this question: Sexual reproduction without biological sex And, to a lesser extent, this question: Would a society of simultaneous hermaphrodites have gender roles? I'm not particularly ...