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Why would dragons evolve to breathe fire?

Assuming dragons exist today on earth, and are four-legged, with wings, and cold blooded reptiles, what evolutionary purpose would there be in being able to breathe fire? This question is ignoring how ...
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What would a eusocial species of lepidopterans look like?

I am writing a science-fiction story that takes place some million years in a future Earth. There is a species of lepidopterans that evolved to become eusocial. They are my gnomes. My species is a ...
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Is a eusocial species as big as a great white shark possible?

What I mean is most (all?) eusocial species are tiny (ants, social bees, termites, and even mole-rats). I know that my father (who is a biologist) told me that the reason most massive animals (like ...
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What would a bear species isolated on an island look like?

In a science-fiction story that I am writing, there is a species of bears that only live in a specific oceanic island. They are the descendants of American black bears (Ursus americanus). They are my ...
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Could a species give birth to smaller babies than humans but have larger brains as adults?

I know that brain size is less important than structure and that human babies' brains are 27% the size of an adult's, but humans give birth to large brained babies. As a result, humans can't support ...
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Could a human sized creature with a skeletal structure similar to a gibbon's be bipedal?

Would a creature that's 180 - 210 cm tall walk and run comfortably upright for long distances if they have shorter legs than humans, no lordosis and arms (though shorter than a gibbon's) whose wrists ...
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What mammal most abhors physical violence?

Imagine a world of anthropomorphic animals (if you're thinking of Zootopia, that's a reasonable starting point). People in this world have a lot in common with humans — opposable thumbs, language, the ...
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Could mermaids grow algae with bioluminescence?

Bioluminescence can cause photosynthesis, it has been confirmed. But is it feasible to grow algae, or some other plant, by the light of bioluminescence alone? Is it technically feasible with existing ...
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What would rotating ears look like on a humanoid species?

I'm trying to make a biologically accurate, human looking species. Since they can't make many sounds, they also use their ears' positions and rotation to have an advanced vocabulary. So the same sound ...
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Would Scientists Deliberately Awaken A Kaiju? [closed]

Assume the Kaiju is a six legged crustacean, 200 feet all, weighs 4000 U.S. tonnes and is being held in a massive cryosleep chamber. With no knowledge of its behaviour, would scientists or would a ...
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How can my reptile like creature spray blood from its eyes containing Capsaicin?

My creature looks like a Psittacosaurus, with spikes all around its body, it hisses and uses its tail whip as a first. As last resort it will squirt an aimed stream of blood from its eyes toward its ...
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Most efficient actinopterygian jaw structure?

Ray-finned fishes have a variety of interesting and complex jaw structures. Here is the skeleton of an anglerfish Here is the skull of another actinopterygian I am designing a large (roughly ...
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Largest possible worm? [duplicate]

Earthworms can reach 22 feet in length, nematodes can grow to 27 feet, tapeworms can reach 130, and some ribbon worms can stretch 180 feet. In my world, I want giant worms with hundreds of feet long ...
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Help With Animal Survival Rates and Understanding Adaptations And Genetics

Skippable Introduction I asked a similar question 2 years ago and never got a real answer. I was told the question was too broad or "it can be whatever you want" "magic can do anything" so I thought ...
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harmless snake venom that causes muscle pain? [closed]

let say if this snake exist, it's venomous but it's venom is not dangerous, but it can cause muscle this snake uses this venom to kill small animals and uses also to make it attackers move slowly ...
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Are firefly-like vertebrates biologically plausible?

Fireflies are amazing little insects. They have the ability to produce a pulse of light without the help of a symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria. This works via a chemical reaction ...
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how big does my creature's organ need to blind or stun predator of all size?

Ok so my creature will look like this They're not big, about 2 feet tall. They're technically amphibians but have the scaly hide of a reptile. They live near the sea. Their life cycle is similar to ...
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a skunk that can't stink, but can blind you temporarily? [duplicate]

I want put a skunk in my story that doesn't spray stinky toxic spray (mixture of sulfur-containing chemicals such as thiols ) but it can blind you temporarily and can also causes inflammation what ...
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What are some ideal scouting forms for a shapeshifter?

Imagine a shapeshifter has to investigate a dense urban or forest environment. What forms would they prefer? Something that could move fast, climb obstacles, and get into restricted areas? I’m not ...
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creature with retractable spikes

ok so i want to make a creature with a retractable spike in its body, (like it just comes out from its flesh) can this be biologically plausible, if yes, please explain and which part of the body is ...
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Harmless spitting snakes

I want to create a harmless snake that can spit like a spitting cobra as a defense while kills its prey by constriction. Its venom is considered harmless, but when goes to the eyes it causes ...
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Acid-spitting dragons

I did a lot of research and asking questions about dragons' breathing ability: if there was a dragon that spits pyrophoric liquids like a spitting cobra A tiny fire-breather can any animals (example ...
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can any animals (example dragons) can synthesise pyrophoric subtances and contain it in a special sac (like tert-butyllithium)?

so according to this website: https://haraldas.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/dragon-fire-ever-wonder-if-its-possible/ it said that it could be possible for any animals to synthesise tert-butyllithium ...
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What aquatic life would utterly deplete the soil of a specific nutrient?

In my story an area was formerly beneath an ocean or lake. Some form of life leeched the soil of a specific mineral or substance. Technology level is that of ~1700 Spain. Now that the water has ...
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A tiny fire-breather

My postulated creature will look something like this: or like this: Its description is as follows: it's a non-obligate carnivore its height is, on average, about two feet it lives in arid habitats ...
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creatures that uses sounds/vibrations as a defense mechanism

is it possible for certain creatures that can use infrasound or even vibrations as a defense mechanism, like: - causing them to get a severe headache or even weaken them - temporarily stunning its ...
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A Mammal with Electrical Defenses

I'd like to create a land-based mammal that uses its electricity NOT for navigation or hunting, but only as a defense (enough to stun creatures approximately its own size or marginally larger, without ...
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Could Vocal Mimicry be a Viable Tactic for a Predator?

Vocal mimicry for this question refers to the ability to imitate the sounds of other animals, exemplified in this video of a lyrebird mimicking several species of birds, a chainsaw and even a camera ...
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Can a humanoid with a wider mouth and different teeth structure talk like a human?

Let's say that there are some humanoid mammals that can talk like humans, and their voices are about the same (so not really high or low pitched). Some of them have different tongues too, really thin ...
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if there was a dragon that spits pyrophoric liquids like a spitting cobra

Ok, to be honest, I don't believe about dragons having a special bladder or organ that stores up gas (especially methane) and having flint-like teeth or whatnot, or even having six limbs. Here's my ...
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How big do bird wings have to be relative to the size of the bird? [duplicate]

How do you estimate the ration of the torso of a bird to its wings? A bird in my world, the aquatic roc, is essentially a collasal pelican, big enough to scoop an average galleon, a ship of 160 feet. ...
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How can a bigfoot hide from satellites?

A bigfoot is hiding in the Canadian Pine forests. Why haven't the thermal imaging satellites picked up the huge animal all this time? Is there some way an animal can hide from thermal imaging cameras?...
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How many people does it take to run a farm/zoo of ≈80 animals?

Overview Let's say I have a Supernatural Creature (SC). My SC is effectively immortal and obviously non-human, and thus really values her privacy. She also lives in a sort of "pocket dimension" (...
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What would hunting with wolves look like?

NB: for more background, the humans of this question are the direct ancestors of the druids from that question. I am building the timeline of a druidic society which rose to dominate the forest they ...
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Can a land-based organism get to be at least 100 ft. in length and still be plausible?

Basically, I'm trying to see if a land-based creature roughly between 50-100 ft. long could exist on Earth at the moment and still be scientifically plausible. I know that whales and other creatures ...
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Amazing animal fight [closed]

Unfortunately, the new amazing zoo (Strategy to capture a TRex alive?) has much less success than expected and is close to bankruptcy. An international survey launched by the zoo managers has shown ...
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What would a 100kg wolf look like? [closed]

I found that most wolf species (especially European ones) have average weight of 40 to 60 kg and average height (at shoulder) of 50 to 80 cm. Questions are: if there was a wolf that was about 100 kg,...
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A Tiktaalik for Placoderms

So many millions of years ago their was a lobe finned lung fish named tiktaalik that led to the evolution of all tetrapods and the diversity they hold today. And I wanna do that again, but instead of ...
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Mitocondrial Density in an arthropleura on steroids

Context In one of my stories I am having a villain try to bring back the beauty of the giant arthropods in the Carboniferous period by genetically engineering his own personal, mega-pseudo-arthropods. ...
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Sonar Jamming Squids

Context In the arms race of survival many animals have developed ways of evading predators, but the animal I am interested in for this question would be the tiger moth. So basically these guys jam bat ...
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Sperm Whale Hunting Colossal Squids

Context For reasons unknown a large, powerful company wants to engineer colossal squids to catch or kill sperm whales. They have tons of money to do this and even more resources.Just one thing... ...
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Entelodont domestication

Description So fellas have you ever head of pig from hell, well if you haven't its called the Entelodont and it is an extinct pig like omnivorous mammal that resembles a giant boar. It is thought to ...
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Insect Mind Control

So I am making another insect themed character (I can’t help it insects are just so amazing to me❤️) and I want this one to be able to control insects from a distance. I have some ideas (Pheromones ...
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Mammal producing spider venom

Could a human be genetically engineered to produce a less fatal form of the Brazilian Wandering Spider’s Venom? I have been told that many things that insects can do do not function in humans for ...
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Human Dragonfly Wings

So dragonflies are the sky’s perfect predator, and while their are many adaptations that make this one big one is their wings. And one character in my story has these along with other mammalian ...
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Zopheridae Super Shell

The Zopheridae is a subfamily of beetles that are known for their super hard exoskeletons. In order to stick and insect-pin in them, you need a drill to get it in them. You also cannot crush them just ...
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The dragonfly diet

So basically what I want to know what dietary changes to human would need to happen to support this human dragonfly -Chitin claws on all fingers and toes; and three chitin spikes on each limb 9-10 ...
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Psychedelic Death Birds

There is this very weird species of bird that just can't get enough of delicious human flesh. But the bird has a problem - humans are big, smart, and social, so this little birdie has a unique skill: ...
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What would be the consequences of these biological changes to a human

So let's say you changed a human's DNA to give him: a thick exoskeleton that is a lot like that of a mantis shrimp (to make him bullet-proof) very small holes all over his body to use to breathe ...
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Animal to have as an efficiently modified enemy to humans

I am trying to think of animals that would make the strongest enemy for humans if they were bred in a laboratory. My goal is to have an animal that begins by being used in a benign, controlled way, ...
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