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How would trees which contain magic react to being cut down? [closed]

In my fantasy world, trees inhabit the magic that flows through all life. This magic contains the energy of both earth (roots) and air (branches), foregrounding the balance that is needed in both ...
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How would life, that thrives on the magic of trees, survive in an area with limited trees?

In my fantasy world, there's 'magic' which is produced by trees; flowing from the roots up to the branches, which send out the magic into the atmosphere, allowing it to flow through all life. Humans ...
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What evolutionary traits would make human child-to-adultsize growth be extremely fast, and how fast can it get?

In my setting I have a species of anthropomorphs (basically humans) that grow from baby to full-size in the shortest time period possible. The babies are the size of human babies. How short can that ...
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What climate would be ideal for abnormally large trees, with people living among them?

I'm writing a fantasy with trees which are extremely wide, and fairly tall. Their width would be about 40-50 metres. So I was wondering if the climate needed to be similar to that of a rainforest, or ...
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If a species keeps growing throughout their 200-300 year life, what "growth curve" would be most reasonable/realistic?

In my fantasy world, I have the suchians, a race of reptilian humanoids that live for 200-300 years and keep growing throughout their lives. I am wondering what a reasonable "growth curve" ...
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What is fastest believable growth rate and reproduction cycle for a 150-300-meters-tall tree?

The trees in question are 150-300-meters-tall, 18 meters in diameter and have no branches except at the very top where each branch has a single leaf that takes up the whole branch. Its bark is thick ...
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What evolutionary pressures would result in metabolic INefficiency?

What evolutionary pressures would result in metabolic IN-efficiency being a fitness-increasing adaptation in an animal? By "metabolic efficiency", I mean "percentage of usable energy ...
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Life on a planet with little axial tilt

As we know Earth has axial tilt and a nearly circular orbit. What if there was a habitable planet with almost no axial tilt? Obviously there wouldn't be seasons induced by tilt, instead the seasons ...
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What is a good rate of growth of size and numbers of creatures that start with a microorganism?

I am thinking of a story where a meteor carrying a microorganism lands into some hot spring mountain caverns that between a city and a desert and evolves to be able to able to take DNA samples from ...
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Determining Effects of Natural Selection on Mermaids

Okay, after a lot of thought, I decided that mermen wouldn't exist in my setting. Why? Because in various IRL situations, balance is necessary for proper function. If men represent land and mermaids ...
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What are some common, metabolizable materials used to reinforce bones in sci-fi settings?

I'm trying to write about a species of genetically-altered super-livestock with reinforced bones. What are some common materials on Earth that a biological organism could ingest and metabolize that ...
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natural water filters, natural water de-pollution

Memories of my childhood come by reminding me of how I used to swim in the Danube river, until the age of 6 when after a walk along the coast I saw bodies of various animals rotting by the river, cows,...
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Would different types of species change drastically ove the course of 1000 years if humans went extinct? [closed]

If humans all went extinct from war and lack of resources and left no trace except for their big cities, would any species change drastically over the course of 1000 years? Would they have notable ...
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What if we all grew down? [closed]

What would the global impact be for growing down? Let me explain: Today, we all grow with our feet on the ground and our height goes up. But what if we (at birth) started at the maximum height that we ...
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How soon can we realize that we stopped aging?

One night a meteor impact occurred over the Pacific and a strange green glow sweeps across the entire globe, in that moment our body can no longer age in fact this phenomenon seems to only affect ...
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Is a permanent exoskeleton made of a stereom-like material plausible?

Could an animal have an exposed exoskeleton with no tissue covering that is never cast off and is not secreted by a mantle, if the exoskeleton was made of a living tissue like stereom? The living ...
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How close together could trees conceivably grow?

(low fantasy) I like things to make sense at least somewhat logically in my world, and I'm wondering how close trees could be planted together to create a "wall." Obviously, this could be ...
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Where do Brambles/Briars/Thickets Grow?

I'd like to have a region in my world be a predominately hilly, karst style (so lots of limestone) area that has a predominance of thick, dense thickets, brambles and shrubs. So my question is, what ...
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Is there any food a nomad in a carriage-like transport can easily live on?

Let's say there are 2-3 people in a carriage (or van,boat, or anything with a similar size), constantly on the move, unable to hunt (because of reasons) and of course unable to stay in one place and ...
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Can a group grow a garden of organic weapons?

One of the tools associated to ninjas were the makibishi, which were meant to be used as a tool of hindering and slowing down enemy pursuit while escaping. Based on this concept of organic tools, is ...
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Tall trees : selective pressure

Thousands of years ago (approximately 12 000 years), a group of humans (let's call them First Group) reached out and settled in forests with huge trees (Tall trees : atmospheric pressure) which made ...
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Is it possible for nature to create bubble wrap?

Bubble wrap is a synthetic packing material featuring small bubbles that are designed to provide cushion to the protected object and pop in place of damaging the object under excessive stress. They ...
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Tall trees : atmospheric pressure

In my previous post, I asked about how tall trees could grow in my world. To be honest, I really need those trees to be huge for my storie, because a big part of the plot will be linked to those big ...
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How tall would animals, trees and "humans" grow on a planet with those characteristics?

I am working on a planet were life (trees, plants, food, animals, humans) would be bigger/taller than Earth. I have learned that oxygen level or gravity, for example, could help change the size of ...
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Could a mammal procreate if it existed out of multiple sets of DNA in different cells? If so, how? [closed]

I was wondering about creating mammals that consist out of multiple sets of DNA and if they could procreate. I am talking about a singular being that isn't composed out of multiple seperate parts ...
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What are plausible reasons for aquatic axolotl-like animals to walk on land?

In my world the resident humanoids evolve from beaver sized aquatic axolotls.The only land on the planet can be considered mountainous terrain. Imagine a volcanic crater where only the rim surfaces. ...
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What might be a plausible explanation for the drastic lowering of global temperatures?

Question: What circumstances (theoretical or based on actual past events) could lower the global temperature on Earth or an Earth-like planet to an average of 30℉–40℉ (-1℃–4℃)? ...
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Two countries have a five thousand mile desert between them. How can a city survive there?

In a world that I am building, there are two countries that both are fairly primitive and only have medieval methods of transportation. They have a huge meeting every 100 years. Other than that, they ...
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How does "growing up" in a robotic species work?

I have a robotic species on a distant planet (not necessarily similar to Earth, but it is indeed rich in metals and other materials necessary for making robots). They are born in a factory (duh!), ...
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Natural environment to force evolution to Immortality

Which natural conditions are needed to force the evolution to immortality? I've read on a page (I don't remember the page) that if the environment is safe, the animal would evolve to have a shorter ...
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What kinds of plants could grow near crystals and in (mostly) crystal sands?

Within my desert landscape--in which the climate is similar to the Sonora Desert--there are many canyons, one of which sports large, clustered growths of Elbaite Tourmaline crystals, averaging out at ...
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How large can a water bear become before it loses its abilities?

Water bears are about the most impressive organism on our planet. They can withstand extreme temperatures (both hot and cold), can survive for a time in the vacuum and cold of space, are resistant to ...
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Would all species on Earth go extinct if 90% of males died?

My first question in this forum so if I have made a mistake I apologize in advance. My World is Earth, but it's changed based on the following four premises. In 1000 AD a virus killed 90% of all ...
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How can a species not grow? [closed]

I recently discovered (via a friend) that relative to size, kiwi's produce the world largest egg. I also found out that when the egg does hatch, the chick is practically an adult in its own sense. ...
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Why did nature choose only two types of gender? [closed]

If nature has one type of gender, then after sexual reproduction only copies of the same living thing will produce with very or no variations in the new generation. So nature does not have a single ...
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How many people or how much force is needed to pave a path through a forest? [closed]

This is the kind of path I mean. I'm assuming people don't actually take time to pave paths; rather so many people or so much force is applied onto the grass that it eventually just dies, leaving the ...
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Can mammals go through metamorphosis?

Many species of amphibians, fish, arthropods and even certain reptiles go through metamorphosis. But, to my knowledge, there are no mammals that go through metamorphosis. Let's say I want there to ...
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Big, big, big... beans

I'm trying to find explanations for a strain of beans (or any other food-producing plant) that have become large, maybe as large as most trees, and about as wide in girth, that overgrows countries ...
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Human/mammal growth on Mars

Some Science fiction stories have generations growing up on Mars would be a lot taller 7'+. How would growing up on a much lower gravity planet affect a mammals size? I understand bone density would ...
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How do you simulate the organic growth of a city when designing it?

Most cities don't just spring into existence, they aren't planned to be the way they are (there are a few exceptions, see Milton Keynes in England for example) but grow organically over time. However ...
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