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Questions tagged [skeletons]

For questions about exoskeletons, or the central structure of vertebrates, usually made of bone. Consider also the tag [bones].

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How long would it take a body to decay and the bones to fall to the ground from a tree?

Death occurs in extremely high humidity and an average temperature of 23 C (~75 F), both of which continue for six weeks. At that time, temperature begins to fall over the course of eight weeks to an ...
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Effects of a ferret-like spine/ribcage on bipedal posture, possible leg lengths/proportions?

I was recently redesigning some mostly hominid Aliens I designed a long time back in high school and felt were a little lackluster, and since they were already Tall, Wiry, and vaguely Shambolic-...
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If a human had metal bones that were completely inflexible, would this cause any ill effects?

I've got a subspecies of human, Homo Volantes, that has been designed to live both in zero-G and in surface gravity. Several adaptations have been made, one of them including the replacement of ...
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Alternative skeleton material for an Earth-like planet

On earth, the skeletons of Osteicthyes and all their descendants are made of a mixture of collagen and calcium. We can do this because Earth contains food sources for all these animals containing ...
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Amoeba Skeletal Structure

So I am making these giant(human sized) amoeba-like aliens and to have something this big it requires a skeleton to maintain shape and to support its body but also needs to be flexible so it can do as ...
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What's left of Bones AFTER decomposition? [closed]

So, after doing a bit of research, I know that Bones decompose in humid conditions and with enough time. However, what do they decompose into? Most people simply say "dust", which works if you only ...
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Would it be possible for a humanoid organism to have bones made of a crystal like quartz or diamond rather than apatite?

Starting at the most basic of theoretical questions, is it chemically possible for these minerals to be deposited by an organic enzyme? I'm particularly interested in diamond because it's pure carbon, ...
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How would magic make skeletons be able to move on a very realistic and logical scientific level? [closed]

So, how would skeletons be able to move? How would magic hold the bones together and make them able to move? How would they show gestures and expressions if they don't have muscles or nerves? Would ...
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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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Gorilla + Orangutan = The Best of Both Worlds

In the great apes, there are two worlds--ground and treetop. Representing the ground is the largest primate on Earth, the genus Gorilla. Representing the treetops is genus Pongo, the orangutan. ...
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How do I keep my remains safe from being summoned as a skeleton?

Imagine a magical world similar to this question, where everyone uses skeletons as soldiers. There are mages running around searching graves for bones to summon them into skeletons. How do I keep ...
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Would a guard dog be afraid of a walking, talking fantasy skeleton? [closed]

Suppose that there was a standard fantasy skeleton, walking, talking, essentially a live human but minus the fleshy bits. Call it magic, whatever, it's here in our modern world, and it's up and doing ...
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Chitin vs. Bone

I am interested in the concept of a chitin endoskeleton (rather than exoskeleton). In the role of a humanoid internal structural skeletal system, how would chitin compare to bone? Would it be as ...
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How long does it take bones to decay? Above Ground, Inside, Humid Environment

From death to brittleness? Two bodies, on a bed, in an embrace. Windows and doors closed, so little to no air and light, but not completely air/light tight. No scavenger animals/rodents, but bugs ...
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How would multple moons affect undead and werewolves? [closed]

The 2 classic movie monsters: werewolves and undead both are nocturnal. But how would multiple moons affect each of these classic fictional monsters? Would multiple eclipses help them out the undead ...
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Zombies Versus Skeletons: Optimal Strategies? [closed]

Don't ask me why, but my story's come to a race of zombies coming to blows with a race of skeletons. The Zombies The zombies are able to infect live non-zombies. They wander about aimlessly, moving ...
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A city built inside the skeleton of a beast?

There is a behemoth creature that once swam the great oceans of a planet whose waters now run dry, and whose surface is now a sand-covered desert. The Creature is now long-dead, but it's Skeleton ...
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Regenerating Skeletal Lizards

So I have a creature that I think is a bit out there and likely impossible, but it's too good of an idea and I don't want to scrap it. Basic design I don't really have a distinct shape that I want ...
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Can human body systems be implemented into a robot [Muscular + Skeletal systems]

This is the first question in a series that I have (that follows the human organ systems). This question deals specifically with the use of the muscular and skeletal systems in a robot. Since they ...
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How can my skeleton be preserved *and* easily found by my Mars Rover

In my story, I would like to have a contemporary Mars Rover find not only evidence, but a mostly complete skeleton of a homo sapiens that perished around 50,000 years ago when it was exposed to the ...
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How to Strengthen Bones

This is inspired by our third fortnightly challenge, but a question I've had for a while anyways. Bones are seriously complex structures. Far more complicated than most structural materials humans ...