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Totally different perceptual system. Mythical creatures clearly don't prey on humans because they have to; they do so because they can. They have not evolved with human beings, they often come from a completely different set of dimensions. While humans are fond of saying, "The cowl does not make the monk", thus proving they can distinguish where ...


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Walking aids (or is) its blood circulation Ever sit down and when you get up your feel a bit light heated, or get pins and needles in your muscles? The cause is imperfect circulation. Once you start moving everything recovers pretty quickly. Let's crank that up. Your animal has such poor circulation that it needs to walk to circulate its blood One choice is ...


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It's just out of superstition. Like in some traditional medicines it is believed that eating rhino's horns will provide big benefits to a man's virility or other feats along that line, for the ogres the superstition goes that by eating human flesh they can gain human intelligence, which they notoriously lack. Maybe it all started when an ogree overheard the ...


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It is itchy. It is so hard to get a good scratch out in midwater. Water is not scratchy at all. More just splashy. The bottom is soft and muddy and it just makes you itch more. If something comes floating along that is hard and big enough to offer that good scratching, you gotta scratch! https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/07/26/canadian-scientists-capture-...


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It’s a matter of diet. A certain food (fruit, vegetable, bodily excretion) is reserved for royalty. This food triggers or maintains the extra growth as it is calorie rich and contains vital nutrients/hormones to trigger the process. It could just be fat and muscle mass that’s gained (like with gorillas, whose alpha gets the best food and is therefore the ...


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The concept is sound and has already evolved, for example in the Planaria flatworm and other organisms. These organisms appear to store memories not (just?) in their brains but in specialized DNA sequences, that are then "re-read" upon occasion. As a result, a decapitated planaria will grow back its head and remember things that happened before it ...


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The ground is very hot Gotta keep on movin' - (click for sound)


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An optimal throwing animal? look in the mirror. Or more precisely; A human whose practices their poi spinning, slinging, or is at least good at dancing, is the best throwing you'll ever see. This picture is me poi spinning. There are two flaming balls circling around me fast enough that they blur in the camera shutter time. I have to move my wrists in a ...


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Because the creature evolved to attack from beneath its prey, which was something similar to a whale. From below, a boat looks like a long, taper-ended object much like a whale silhouetted against the sky above the water. In fact, boats, being dark below the water, would stand-out more than whales, most of which have evolved light coloured bellies to ...


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The following 3 come to mind: Context Clues: The creature interprets the image and approximates the shape and dimensions of its environment based on lived experience, and knowledge regarding the objects it is viewing. Most actual depth perception (in humans at least) works this way, as parallax is only useful at relatively short range. The downside is that ...


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Why We Would Hunt Them Humans never tolerate a threat against our most vulnerable population. Throughout human history we have attempted to exterminate many dangerous animals simply because they are dangerous. Wolves, snakes, bears, etc. While these animals are dangerous to hunt, it is far more dangerous to allow them to freely cohabitate with us and risk ...


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It could rule. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramesses_II Your nation is a shadow of what it was. Foreigners walk your streets and command your kings. The ancient pharaohs conquered many lands and made monuments that have stood 1000 years. Could one of the rulers of old return to restore the glory that once was? Zombies are mindless horrors. Vampires ...


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Barnacles. Barnacles make glue and stick themselves to substrate. It is serious glue. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/researchers-develop-groundbreaking-process-to-study-barnacle-glue-could-save-navy-millions-300907760.html These small but mighty crustaceans create a cement-like adhesive layer that is difficult to remove once applied. The adhesive ...


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Cephalopod strangeness: I don't think this is very probable, but strange things happen. The most likely scenario I can think of is that an octopus has evolved to moving on land, and they are using actual skeletons to frighten the apex predator (humans) away. Heikegani crabs are believed to have a survival advantage because their shells bear a resemblance to ...


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Their breathing doesn't use lungs with its inhale/exhale bidirectional flow as most land animals, it is instead built around a one way flow system, like it happens with sharks gills. Coincidentally sharks have to continuously move to stay oxygenated. It can be more efficient because it doesn't "waste" any time with pushing out used air, but on the ...


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You are generating new water molecules in your body right now. You just did! And again! That assumes you are an air breathing biologic organism; no offense meant if not. When we combine oxygen with food molecules and burn them for energy, the result is CO2 and H2O. This answer (yes it is mine which is how I could find it) goes into the chemistry. How ...


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Ok, so this is slightly on a tangent ( but I like it and you might too) What if you had a tree (not a rock), which rather than bark which grows by adding a new concentric layer of bark each year, instead it slowly grows around the tree. Like myelin does on nerve cells. The trailing edge slowly forms into wood over time. The DuckBark™ Tree has bark with an ...


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Your armor is a hard fungus. https://www2.palomar.edu/users/warmstrong/bracfung.htm Go ahead and whack it with a mace. I hope that made you feel better. Try to cut it. You will need a saw, and time. This fungus produces fruiting bodies as hard as wood. You cannot kill the fungus by whaling away at the fruiting bodies, but you will get a good workout. ...


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It is seeking something. Dolphins sleep with half of their brain at a time. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-whales-and-dolphin/ While sleeping, the bottlenose dolphin shuts down only half of its brain, along with the opposite eye. The other half of the brain stays awake at a low level of alertness. This attentive side is used to watch for ...


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Preservation: Grey goo in any of it's forms does what it does - destroys everything it comes in contact with. It makes more grey goo. Now grey goo is nice, but we all know what happened to king Midas when he wanted everything to be gold - the things he really valued were destroyed. Grey goo as a WMD is only useful to destroy everything you point it at. But ...


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If you are looking for something other than an apelike creature, which other folks have rightfully pointed out would probably be the most straightforward answer, might I suggest a creature akin so a sauropod with a long, immensely powerful and whip-like tail? In modern day, you can see tails being used as weapons by the komodo dragon, which can deliver ...


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To know what is happening at the other end of its body, This creature passes through time the same way a fence passes through a field. The fence has a start and an end and everything in between, but in reality the fence is there all at once. Similarly the creature already exists at all points in time at once. Imagine you are lying down in a field, with your ...


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This occurred in mass graves and other situations with bodies in close proximity. The fungal body spread from one to another without breaking, because they were so close it treated them as one.


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People are warned against animals that behave oddly, and for good reason. Such animals are often sick with possible infectious diseases. Humans who do odd things, such as wear their clothes inside out, or even stop in the middle of the woods and turn all their clothes inside out, are very likely mentally disturbed, which can throw plans out of order and ...


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Those articles claiming that sapience and civilization is near impossible without being omnivorous are (perhaps) suffering from anthropocentrism: "The only evidence we have is ourselves, so the only possible answer is like ourselves." You wrote that your species "primarily lives off meat and insects" (emphasis mine). So that means they do ...


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Because the plants they eat are so devoid of nutrients, or so rare, or so inefficiently digested that the animal has to constantly be grazing in order to get enough food to survive. They benefit from living where no other animals their size can and by eating a food they have no competition for. This isn't far from being real life. Many grazing herbivores ...


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Ogres have bad teeth They only want to snack on the most tender morsels. And nothing is quite as tender as a nice, plump, accountant or baker. But even a farmer or a soldier will do, just remember to peel the soldier first before biting down, some of them have hard shells.


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Let's see if there is a possible way to immunize against CN on the basis of how CN affects the body: Immunity is impossible: you would need to change EVERYTHING The chemical reaction cyanide - CN - has with the blood is cyanide poisoning. It results in the inability of cells to take the oxygen from the blood by inhibiting the cytochrome c oxidase enzyme. As ...


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It might work well! I initially thought - no way. This molecule is for cold blooded creatures living in low oxygen environments. It is going to be burnt by our high O2 environment and will not deliver O2 adequate for our hot muscles. To my surprise I found a bunch of stuff about using hemerythrin as a blood substitute! Towards the Development of Hemerythrin-...


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