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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How could a small human sized humanoid creature hang upside-down?

I am looking to have a creature which is basically a small human sized bat, something like man-bat from the batman series. It would ideally fly or at least glide and would regularly hang upside down. ...
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How could I explain why a humanoid, intelligent creature melts when splashed with pure water? [duplicate]

This made Dorothy so very angry that she picked up the bucket of water that stood near and dashed it over the Witch, wetting her from head to foot. Instantly the wicked woman gave a loud cry of ...
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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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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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Genetic feature based crossbreeding of various demi-human species

Assume we are dealing with a society similarly advanced to our own but thanks to finding some data-stores of advanced technology are far more capable at genetic engineering. With that extra genetic ...
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Realistic bow weight and penetration for a humanoid of large size and strength

If a humanoid that is identical too a human but stands at roughly 9 feet and has at least twice the strength a human in say the top ten percent of the strength demographic had a bow of equivalent ...
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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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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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How could a human without bones survive?

My novel is a fantasy, so it doesn't need to be completely accurate, but I still want a (somewhat) plausible solution. My world is a steampunk inspired Earth-like planet with magic. There are people ...
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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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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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Humanoids with breath weaponry — how would it impact their mating rites?

So, one of the races in my headcanon is a race of draconic humanoids (dragonkin/dragonborn, basically). One of their salient features is that the species develops the ability to spit a pyrophoric, ...
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Chest sling in cradle hold? [closed]

I have seen lots of different baby carrying methods including: Arms alone Chest carrier in upright position Back carrier in upright position Carrying a car seat and rarely: Chest sling in cradle ...
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Which upper limb layout for a winged humanoid works better for both flight and using the arms? [closed]

I've recently come across some really nice skeletal artwork of winged humanoids, and a couple pieces in particular have got me thinking. Deviantart artist Blue-Hearts has created this turnaround ...
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Foot roads and separation of groups

I thought about foot highways months ago. My momma told me that foot traffic is not like car traffic and that large highways would be the least used. But just because it is that way with humans does ...
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How to Use Photosynthesis Creatively in Humans

I've seen many questions here about humans being capable of photosynthesis. And I know, humans don't have enough surface area to power themselves full time. However, that's assuming that the energy ...
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Growing new teeth, Plausible?

I was thinking about how we differ from crocodiles and sharks in terms of teeth. Now of course we don't have carnivore teeth but we also don't grow new teeth unless you are talking about a young child ...
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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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How fast would a race of humanoids establish a colony in Antarctica? [closed]

Say that there was a large supernatural portal that appeared in Antarctica and a large army of hive minded humanoids came out and began to colonize. These humanoids get all of their resources, up to ...
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Flaw in having 2 circulatory systems: Bleeding to death

I noticed what seems to be a flaw in my Kepler Bb humanoids' 2 circulatory systems. That would be bleeding. Sure, the 2 hearts get more oxygen so an MI is less likely and if it does happen, the other ...
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How would miniature- and full-sized-human societies coexist? [closed]

It's present-day Earth. (The iPhone X has just been released, millenials love avocados, global politics are reliably unreliable, etc.) However, a race of 20cm-tall humanoids also exists on the planet. ...
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I have been drinking a potion to stop a transformation. One day, I stopped drinking the potion. How would the transformation take place? [closed]

I am a half-human half-dragon hybrid that has been intaking "medicine" since I was a child. Unbeknownst to me, the "medicine" I am actually taking is a transformation potion to suppress my "dragon" ...
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Preventing inter-species breeding in humanoids?

In my setting, every humanoid creature in our worlds mythology is part of a different species that branched off from humans millions of years ago. I'm trying to devise a way to prevent crossbreeding ...
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Should pregnancy wait? [closed]

Robin and Lisa have run into a bit of a conundrum. They just planted a garden in the beginning of spring and are growing fruits, vegetables, and grains, some of which came from Robin's grandparents. ...
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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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Will the future be human brains in robots? [closed]

Theoretically a human brain integrated into a robot body could have the longest lifespan and be the most efficient in the work force. Disease would be minimal. But is it in the realms of possibility? ...
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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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How would having toxic hairs affect the everyday/work life of a human?

Due to unknown reasons resulting in a fluke DNA mutation, with an incredibly low probability, a 'human' baby is born who is not quite human, the mutation being that the hairs are mildly toxic. This ...
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Speeding up bone digestion

My Kepler Bb humanoids have 2 stomachs for multiple reasons, 1 of which is the digestion of bone. When it comes to bone digestion, the bone is chewed up and goes through the esophagus into the first ...
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How would a humanoid race differ physiologically if it stored excess dietary calories in a form other than fat?

I'm thinking primarily in terms of the macronutrients, carbohydrates and proteins. I know that fats are 9 calories per gram and both proteins and carbohydrates are 4 calories per gram, which makes ...
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How would I handle creating a new type of interpersonal relationship? [closed]

I'm back with another question. Apologies if I'm vague, I'd love the opportunity to expand on this. For context, I'm autistic and this completely boggles the pants off of me in general for human ...
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What turn of events would justify humans not to have a head, but instead have their face in their chest?

When Christopher Columbus came back from his voyage he claimed he saw men without heads, but instead they had their face's in their chest. What turn of events could justify humans (or some humans) ...
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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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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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Middle of the food distance spectrum, plausible?

My Kepler Bb humanoids are in the middle of a spectrum that goes from complete hunter gatherer (and thus having to go long distances for food and rely on ketosis to survive) to complete agriculture (...
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What would a race of angelic humanoids eat? [closed]

I'm wondering how sustenance farming would work for them; what nutritional requirements a hollow-boned race would have. They have feathered wings, so they'll need to be able to produce more keratin ...
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Would Aliens Look Like Humans, or Totally Different? [duplicate]

As far as I'm aware, there's no way to be certain what any extraterrestrial entity might look like, seeing as how we can't verifiably prove such entities even exist. But I've heard speculations as to ...
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How Could an Alien or Superhero Increase and Decrease Their Hearing at Will?

Would it be possible for an extraterrestrial humanoid or superhero to increase and decrease their hearing at will, and if so, how? I'm thinking specifically of an alien who can somehow adjust their ...
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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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It would be considered cannibalism if a humanoid-lizard eats other humanoids? [duplicate]

Even when they would be considered different species, a humanoid lizard from others humanoids, all the humanoid intelligent species are considered people with the same dignity and rights. So ...
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How feasible is this human subspecies: Slimes [closed]

Well here comes the next species after the sky dancers. Context: A magical event has led to people with similar gene structures to humans coming around, though they can be drastically different in ...
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How feasible is this human subspecies: Skydancers [closed]

I aim to create more of these posts in the future to experiment with the feasibility of my other species but right now I am testing out these boys. Context: A magical event has led to people with ...
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How would society be different if people could see the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum? [closed]

Say that you have a species whose eyes can see anything from radio waves to gamma waves. Let's assume that it's adapted well enough that it can differentiate between these types of waves, and that ...
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How to build a race which uses photosynthesis? [duplicate]

I've built a species that does eat, but I would also like them to get some of their energy from the sun. Consider the conditions to be identical to earth as far as the sun and atmosphere is concerned. ...
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Increased blood pressure reasonable?

My Kepler Bb humanoids have their arteries and veins doubled up(quadrupled if you are looking at the coronary arteries and veins). This makes sense because they have 2 hearts and both of those are 4 ...
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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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Creating a humanoid squid

I'm thinking of adding humanoid squid into my world, as an expy of the bloodsuckers from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games. These cephaloids somehow fell into our universe from a parallel one (they don't know ...
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Childhood versions of sex hormones, Plausible?

My Kepler Bb humanoids are externally gender neutral until they are 5 years old. So you can only tell if they are male or female before then via genetic testing or an abdominal scan like an ultrasound,...
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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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Technological Progress of an Ocean Civilization

Would a humanoid civilization that evolved on an Earth-like planet with no mainland, but rather, only a series of volcanic islands (many of which are located near the equator and are dormant, thus ...