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Under what circumstances could this dragon-like creature carry a human?

Check out Titan in this blog post: https://what-if.xkcd.com/30/ To summarize, if the atmosphere is thick enough and the gravity weak enough, then you could fly using your own muscle power, let alone ...
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Under what circumstances could this dragon-like creature carry a human?

Most earthly birds can carry at most 80% of their own weight, and our old friend the Square-Cube Law says that's much easier for small birds than large ones. The heaviest flying bird currently found ...
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Could a Creature Evolve to have a BUILT IN terrarium/nursery

There is no actual example on Earth itself, but here we have the closest thing we can think of: Symbiotic algae. The idea is that a marine algae lives inside the coral polyps. The coral skin allows ...
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Could a Creature Evolve to have a BUILT IN terrarium/nursery

This will probably never happen Having anything resembling a terrarium will involve not only a huge amount of energy consumption going into actually making the thing, but also no benefits for the ...
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Could chromatophores function suspended in fluid?

Not really They'd have to be single cell organisms (or really small multicellular) but then they wouldn't be in a matrix so couldn't make patterns. What you'd end up with a liquid that could make ...
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Could a Creature Evolve to have a BUILT IN terrarium/nursery

The closest I can think of this in the real world is the Surinam toad, who incubates its eggs on its back. For a period of the egg's gestation, the top is, in fact, transparent, and you can see the ...
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Could a Creature Evolve to have a BUILT IN terrarium/nursery

TLDR: you could check out Elysia chlorotica as similar real organism. I think a wild but maybe not totally impossible justification for a transparent nursery organ could be the need of light to pass ...
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Could a Creature Evolve to have a BUILT IN terrarium/nursery

If this nursery evolved from essentially a womb, or a pouch to store their own offspring, and only then became infested with symbiotic organisms, this is not impossible. The hardest part is the ...
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