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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

It's a toxin but not for humans Lets look at at a real world example Psilocybin[a] is a naturally occurring psychedelic prodrug compound produced by more than 200 species of fungi. The most potent ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

There are many possible avenues you can take to get where you need: The primary purpose of a venom is to incapacitate prey, however it can achieve that. Many venoms are cytotoxic, killing tissue at ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

The venom is derived from a blood-drinking, tick-like parasite. In nature, this parasite evolved its toxin so that its bite would not itch, and thus the affected mammal would not remove the tick. Over ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

A common behaviour among mammals is rubbing and scratching themselves on fixed objects. There's even evidence that having big scratchy brushes for cattle can improve their productivity. Here's a ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

Well to understand if any evolutionary advantage did so exist for such a venom that would make pain pleasurable we must need to understand what pain basically is. Pain is basically a response of the ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

There are plenty of examples in real life of animals that have evolved chemical mechanisms that cause their prey to actively seek them out, leaving their prey open to being preyed upon. I recently saw ...
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How plausible is a Cryovenom?

Breaking laws of thermodynamics? Yes. yes you are. The reaction as described decreasing entropy, crystals are highly organized, as well as decreasing enthalpy, thermal absorption. A similar reaction ...
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How plausible is a Cryovenom?

So here's a thing you may not be familiar with: heat of fusion. Very loosely speaking, your liquid bits are liquid because the molecules that make them up have a certain amount of energy. In order for ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

Hialutabu is a hormone released during pregnancy The pain of childbirth is now extremely pleasurable, encouraging the mammal to have more and more offspring. More offspring means higher chance that ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

Real world Vipers have a similar venom Vipers lie in good ambush sites and wait for prey to arrive. When another creature approaches, they'll strike, and inject their venom, and then they recoil and ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

The Tatzelwurm A german folklore half dragon (one without wings) who is also often known for an extraordinarily disgusting stench. The stench comes from it's digestive system which is very powerful in ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

Evolution, the process has a few winning strategies. All of course- begin with "as cheap as possible" and then end with: go to big to become a snack (elephant, whale, dinosaurs) become to ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

The venom is farmed from predators There are many Earth animals that that have evolved venom to incapacitate their prey, rendering it immobile for later consumption. On Earth these are generally ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

Does hialutabu shut down hunger? If so, a plant could produce it to cut down on grazing. A cow (or whatever) eats a little of the plant then stops because it isn't hungry any more. Starving people ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

In the real world, there are some wasps (Cotesia glomerata) that lay their eggs inside the caterpillars of some specific butterfly species (those of genus Pieris). The caterpillars initially want ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

That it behaves in that way when injected to the people of that planet is an unexpected consequence. The only advantage for the plant producing it is that it is lethal to the animal trying to consume ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

Frame challenge. Technically Venom only two evolutionary functions. One, to kill or incapacitate prey. Two self defense. Also importantly plants do not have venom's. They have compounds that are ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a venom compound that makes pain pleasurable

It was created by a carnivorous plant, it shoots needles into the prey animal, but they don't notice because the drug overrides the pain signals. They then get so disorientated that they simply stop ...
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