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Can a Tidally-Breathing Animal Possess a Syrinx?

The syrinxes of the birds are located at or near the place where the trachea divides into the two bronchies. The movement of the air at that place is is no way different in birds and mammals. The ...
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Could an azhdarchid pterosaur take off and fly while being ridden by a human?

My first instinct on this was a solid “no.” However, after looking into it more, it seems there’s a slim, very conditional possibility that riding an azhdarchid pterosaur could happen. There’s an ...
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How could breastfeeding/suckling work for a beaked animal?

Platypus is beaked and produces milk: Newly hatched platypuses are vulnerable, blind, and hairless, and are fed by the mother's milk, that provides all the requirements for growth and development.The ...
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How could breastfeeding/suckling work for a beaked animal?

Same way as whales and dolphins. They (it is thought) use their tongues. They curl them into a tube and suck on the nipple. It may be the case too that the mother possesses muscles to actively pump ...
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Role of mouth size in ability to replicate human phonemes

You are correct in that this will cause them to have problems with human phonemes. Not insurmountable problems, but problems nevertheless, such as; By giving them snouts, you just vastly enlarged ...
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Role of mouth size in ability to replicate human phonemes

Frame Challenge The ability to communicate has less to do with our mouths and more to do with our Brains. Consider a Parrot - they can whistle phrases that sound perfectly legible: Gizmo asking who ...
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Adaptations for Anthropophagy

A "typical medieval city" was really really small and it was filled with humans; there was simply no place for a population of large wild animals. There were no large parks, there were no ...
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Could an azhdarchid pterosaur take off and fly while being ridden by a human?

I suppose the biggest problem wouldn't be the added weight, but the non aerodynamic shape of humans, if we were on a vertical position either on the back or on the belly I think it may be possible, I ...
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