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Questions tagged [species]

For questions about specific groups of living organisms that are similar enough to interbreed successfully.

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What would happen to a Neanderthal today? [closed]

If a time machine were created, and we used it to steal a newborn Neanderthal, then give it to a volunteer to raise, what would become of it? Could it learn English, and possibly even have children? ...
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What is holding the cephalopods back [closed]

We already know that cephalopods (octopi and squids) are kind of smart. They are smart enough to unscrew jars. Bet on football world cups (and even win some of those bets), disguise themselves, and ...
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How could an amorphous species work? [closed]

In the setting I'm building, then there are two lifeforms to have existed; Angel and Demons. Both are closely related, as speciation between happened rather recently in their history. They both also ...
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How could our ancestors have domesticated a solitary predator?

It is a well known fact throughout human history that cats are bloodthirsty psychopaths, and a menace to society. Cats murder billions of innocent rodents a year, cause ecological disasters, and give ...
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How long would gestation period be for dwarfs?

Dwarfs are intelligent creatures, with stronger bones and muscles but smaller than humans. They live mostly under ground (caves, mines, etc.) and reproduce sexually. How long the gestation period ...
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How fast can directed evolution make the leap from unicellular to fishlike ability level? [closed]

Premise target: A few thousands of intelligent machine-scientists have been tasked on the creation of an organism with the abilities of an animal. The exact requirements that they are given are: Can ...
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Genetic altering to make human lungs strong enough to process water [duplicate]

I am aware that human lungs can't process water due to other reasons, but I am working on a setting that has genetically altered humans of various degrees and one of them can breathe water and air. I ...
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Could a creature have a separate pouch to hold food until it is needed?

I am developing a species that gives birth to live young after a very brief pregnancy. The infants are somewhat underdeveloped due to this fact. The harsh environment of the mountains means that those ...
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What kinds of metals will function as a blood base? [duplicate]

I've been working really hard for a while now on a race of creatures called Nordic mountain Valkyrie Dragons. They are large: around 7'ft tall, and 9'ft from nose to tail tip, and I'm trying to come ...
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What skin colours would highly adaptable, hunter humanoids naturally evolve?

In the new setting I'm making, I found an opportunity to make a species of humanoids that I simply couldn't resist. So I got to work, making the tribal herdsmen and hunters of the predominantly ...
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Deep-space species [closed]

How feasible are these characteristics for a species based on Earth-like biology? Living entirely in space. That is, being able to survive in a vacuum. Having a method to propel itself without using ...
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How To Tell a Turtle Sans Shell [closed]

On our Earth, what makes a turtle a turtle is its ribcage widened and fused to create a tough, protective shell. In comparison to other reptiles, alive or extinct, the turtle design has got to be the ...
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Why would any diety need to reincarnate into mortal forms to gather data on its own creation? [closed]

This setting follows a religion in which a god, originally a unisex entity and the seat of human consciousness, split himself into two separate beings and reincarnate into mortal forms. These two ...
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How would a life form conform their anatomy to fit whatever they wear?

In the sci-fi setting that I've had on the backburner for a while now, there is a species known as the Azmarans. They are a very socially adept species, between them having a rather communicative ...
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If humans descended from raptors rather than apes [closed]

In my scifi novel, all intelligent life eventually reaches what we might consider a humanoid form. Likewise, life on other worlds generally follows a semi-parallel evolutionary path, meaning that life ...
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If engineers were to create an entirely new human species, what factors would they consider? [closed]

Say engineers wanted to create a new human species that is perfectly suited to the environmental and seasonal changes of the current world: What features would they consider? The new species is also ...
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The World's a Jungle Again. How Many Species Would Crowd the Continents? [closed]

In accommodation to my last question, we are now transferring from meteorology to ecology. Today, tropical rainforests take up only 3% of the world's surface, yet they take up half of the plant and ...
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Could super-sized and intelligent detrivore aliens exist?

For my story I have an alien species who are detrivore. They are also an intelligent species on par with humans. But many people have pointed out to me that intelligent detrivores don't work, because ...
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What is a realistic look for a humanoid race that can live in deep-water and land? [closed]

So I have an original species that I'm creating called the Larimar. I have a picture of them below, which I drew. I'm still working on the backstory for these folks, and I don't want to give away too ...
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What subspecies would develop for goblins, and what would be the main differences? [closed]

I am developing a fantasy universe. In it, then there are 6 Continents (Excluding Mapiya, which is in the sky): Agricet (Asia), Aztlan (Pre-colonial Meso/South America), the Biting Glaciers (The ...
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Process for determining how a new species affects other species

We are using Earth as the basis for our planet, so we already have very detailed information on the geography, species, etc. to work with. There are additional species we are adding, and I thought the ...
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How can a fish that explodes by itself prosper enough to reproduce on a grand enough scale to persist as a species?

In the underwater survival game Subnautica there is a fish called Crashfish that, upon being too close to it, swims out of its plant to chase you and eventually explode. The explosion leaves no ...
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What would be the religious ramifications of transforming one's self into a new species? [closed]

The year is 2050. Bio-printers have just gotten approved for sale to the general public for printing food, polymers, fuels, wood, medicines, etc. Unknown sources released the source code of viruses ...
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Is this subspeciation plausible?

Below is a diagram showing transverse cross sections of skulls representative of the two subspecies (A and B) of the Trilateral* species. Is it plausible that such obvious differences – noting the ...
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What legal ramifications would befall by turning ones' self into a new species? [closed]

The government came to take his research. So... he dumped all of it to the internet. Blogs, social media, email, torrents, deep web, forums, etc. Included are the instructions for, using readily-...
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How would a species, which does not understand the concept of war or fighting, react to a war? [closed]

Try to imagine a species which does not know what fighting, conflict or war is. They don't have animals on their planet, they are totally on their own. Now humans come and kill some of them and stuff ...
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What siege constructions might a snake people race use to scale walls?

In a ~medieval time period, what might a snake people race use to scale city walls? I'm guessing siege towers are still valid. However after that I can't think of less build-intensive ways for them to ...
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Size of the “Monster Hunter” planet

Imagine a world in which you have all the creatures from the game franchise "Monster Hunter"... Screenshot from the upcoming Monster Hunter World game ...and when I say all the creatures I mean ...
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Are there any planets that are similar to Earth but with high amounts of metal discovered yet? [closed]

I have a species that I am currently creating that uses telepathy. They would need high amounts of metal in their habitat to be able to communicate the way they do. Humans would also need to visit ...
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Suppose the Orcs are mammals, why is their skin green?

Most species of animal, especially mammals, have a special skin cell the produces melanin, which is responsible for the color of their skin, but orcs are generally depicted as green creatures and, of ...
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What would a language spoken by caninoids sound like?

Basically, when designing alien and fantasy races, I tend to try and figure out how they would sound. I originally figured that their language would be made of growls and barks, but then I realized ...
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Can multiple intelligent species coexist?

I am considering specifically multiple intelligent species that all evolved on the same planet, and whether it is plausible that they will end up in a multi-species society or whether one species will ...
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Is it possible for a biped, humanoid, digitigrade species/race to be able kick, and why or why not?

If you think about it, the reason why we are able to kick is because of how our leg bones (in addition to the rest of our skeletal and muscular systems are set up) are designed. A biped, humanoid ...
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What factors would allow this caninoid species to evolve successfully?

There's not much on this, so I'm winging it. Plus, I'm curious to see if this species could actually succeed in advancing to the Stone Age. Basically, a species that I have created (the Verrisirs) ...
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How would having weird eye lenses affect a species' ability to understand geometry?

Suppose you have a race of early people similar to humans, except that they have fish eyes to help with peripheral vision. Would this adversely affect their spacial reasoning skills? It seems that AS ...
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How would humans adapt to extreme climates [closed]

I have a situation when urbanites without any useful survival skills (bankers, marketers, curators, sociologists, etc) are mysteriously brought on a Earth like planet. They have to revert to hunting ...
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How would we choose which species to populate Mars with?

As has been shown many times, once a species "escapes" into an environment, there's no reeling it in. So choosing the right species to terraform Mars is incredibly important. How would we choose the ...
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Do I need permission to use a species of creature from a story and add it to my own?

I am wanting to do a story that revolves around Orcs. Orcs are generic that any fantasy story can use them without getting any permission. Would I be allowed to use Uruk-hai as a sub orc species (or ...
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How do migratory mermaids work now?

I have an euryhaline mermaid species meaning they can cope with both fresh and saltwater. This species are born in freshwater lakes at high altitudes and will swim along the river into the sea or ...
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Are “none-of-the-above” species classifications possible?

Let's not delve into specific genuses, families, orders etc. Broaden your definition of "classifications" to words like "mammal" or "fish", "crustacean" or "avian". Science fiction depictions of ...
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How large can an Earth species be in 2016 without being discovered?

Preface With all technology discovered prior to this question, on today's planet, there are still some things we have not observed - which may be used to justify introducing new life forms, right here ...
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How to justify evolution of a sapient hermaphrodite species

I'm looking for a very grounded evolutionary justification for the existence of a hermaphroditic sapient and social species, preferably roughly mammalian but not mandatory, which is not as easy as it ...
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Government to support antisocial unnaturally reproducing culture/species

Species X is unique in several ways. They were (the history lost to their people) genetically engineered originally, and appear as hairless humans of (intentionally) non-human looking skin of various ...
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Given any kind of living organism what logical reasons could result in a species having more than three genders?

Given any kind of living organism (plant, animal, silicate, gaseous, energy, etc.,) what logical reasons (natural, environmental, evolutionary selection, nurtured, artificial) could result in more ...
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Would an anthropomorphic wolf species be able to hunt their prey without weapons?

Summary In my world, I have created a species of anthropomorphic wolves, who are nomadic hunter-gatherers. They are like humans in some respects and like wolves in others, but with some minor ...
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How would be our society if it was populated by anthropomorphic dogs? [closed]

A dog has a great smell sense: while a human has about 5 million scent glands, a dog has between 125 to 200 million. The part that controls smell is also 40 times larger than in humans. A human can ...
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The effects of biological aging stopping at 25 on professional spheres

In a previous question I asked about a race that is extremely close to humans except for the fact that they physically and mentally (as in the acuity of the brain) stop aging somewhere between the ...
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Language threshold for a species

What would be the rules/threshold for a chronicler to declare a species has evolved into one capable of speaking a language of their own (the species') making? Consider a scenario where you're an ...
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Biological explanation of age stopping in near-human aliens

There's a species called Foos. Foos are fairly similar to humans. In a primitive society, in fact, they would appear identical to humans in actual physical appearance, mannerisms, and base behavior. ...
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Species and Race diversity and names

what are the rules I need to follow to name different races of a specie and different species that have one ancestor in common ? Additionally how do i know when a race becomes a species ? Is an ...