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if people are bred like dogs, what can be achieved?

That's not a Genetic Disorder, that's a feature! Apert syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Down syndrome, Achondroplasia, Pediatric Acromegal, Albinism, Scheuermann's Kyphosis, etc... all of these phenotypes ...
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if people are bred like dogs, what can be achieved?

Humans are exactly the same as other mammals. Although it's distasteful, you could breed humans exactly the same way. This is a surprising/bizarre question because, totally evidently, the various ...
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if people are bred like dogs, what can be achieved?

Far less than could be achieved with other animals One would naturally look at the incredible things done to dogs, cows, pigeons, etc. and think that it should be the same with humans, but this is not ...
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Can a species transition to ZW from XY (or vice versa) sex determination system through evolution?

Not only realistic, but totally real! Apparently, all chordates (or at the very least just vertebrates) had the same sex determination system. Both Teleostei and Lissamphibia have often transitioned ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to massive differences in intelligence between the sexes?

It's all about sociality and lack of it In evolution, it's theorized that humans are so smart because of a need to socialize with their group. Macho Males Bulkier: Bigger bodies require more energy ...
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if people are bred like dogs, what can be achieved?

Humans don't breed true, at least in part because genetics of many animals (including humans) are complex and a fairly arbitrary trait is actually the product of a whole bunch of genetic effects, and ...
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Pathogenic Hive-Intelligence When Critical Mass is Reached

It's totally possible, Mycorriza for exemple are symbiotic links between fungi hyphae and plant roots underground, this interconected system can share information between trees regarding predators, ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to clowns?

Frame Challenge I dont know the world that you are trying to build, but if you have evolutionary clowns, I am picking that it has somewhat of a whimsical or not-too-serious look. In which case - ...
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if people are bred like dogs, what can be achieved?

I'd look into modern plant "non-GMO" breeding techniques. It is often a multi-step process. Step 1: You identify a genetic sequence you want to express. Maybe found in a related species, ...
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if people are bred like dogs, what can be achieved?

It depends greatly on the time span allowed. There is tremendous variety of different genes available in the human gene pool that can influence human development in a myriad of different ways. So in ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to massive differences in intelligence between the sexes?

There is a theory that human intelligence is attributable to a genetic flaw which caused the pre-human jaw muscles to be massively under strength compared to other primates. This resulted in both a ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to massive differences in intelligence between the sexes?

The evolutionary pressure could be internal, with their genetics being an inescapable Y-split. Lets assume that you have an species at the verge of intelligence, with two main genetic sequences ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to massive differences in intelligence between the sexes?

Gender Roles Affect Evolution Humans are a self-domesticated species meaning that our culture has a direct impact on our physical and mental traits. Self-domestication is seen in other highly ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to massive differences in intelligence between the sexes?

with the apparent levels of social commentary / allegory being set up in the story, your readers are unlikely to expect much evolutionary rationalization. I beg to differ: evolutionary ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to massive differences in intelligence between the sexes?

How would natural selection, sexual selection, or any other biological factors cause one sex to possess much greater intelligence than the other? Providing nutrition to a big brain is "expensive&...
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if people are bred like dogs, what can be achieved?

Beyond just "what is possible", another thing to consider is that such a scenario removes certain constraints that somewhat moderates natural human development: economics. One thing a lot of ...
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Could Humans Evolve to Drink Saltwater?

Many animals adapted for that. In most cases, they need important changes: for example, penguins have specific glands in their eyes for that. They tear salt. However, if the penguins have the choice, ...
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Timetable of life spreading on a colonized planet

Colonizing an area takes around 150 years The process is called primary succession, and commonly happens when new land is exposed or a volcano eruption makes new land. Pioneer species break into the ...
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Timetable of life spreading on a colonized planet

Sorry, but the presence of liquid water & breathable levels of oxygen on an Earth like planet without some kind of catalytic reaction that releases oxygen molecules from whatever compound they are ...
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