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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

Tracing inheritance by father's like (patrilinearity) is thought to have emerged with farming, so quite early; there are some exemptions, but still. My suggestion would be to shift the meaning of ...
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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

There have been matrilineal societies in humans. There are those in which inheritance goes from a man to his son-in-law. And there are those in which it goes from a man to his nephews. (Which ...
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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

Dowry systems work both ways Many Western Civilizations have practiced dowry systems where a significant part of the a household's wealth, social status, and lands comes from the father of the bride, ...
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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

Only female vampires have that glamour: they can hypnotize humans with their eyes (no make-up needed!). However if they mate with a non-vampire male, the child is not a vampire. If male vampires mate ...
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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

First, a clearing up of terms. Patrilineality / matrilineality is about tracing ancestral descent and blood-kin relations, not necessarily inheritance, though because of the importance of blood-...
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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

Because Hybrids from Vampire women are considered Vampires: For functional use, I am assuming you mean women control wealth and power, but the actual ownership of the wealth passes via sons to the ...
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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

Women have religious authority, men have financial authority. Women are seen as more in touch with the gods, and more intelligent and able to make decisions. As such, they tend to rule society and ...
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Anti-concussion brain gear?

Project Graham brings up multiple good ideas. He’s a crash test dummy designed by a sculptor and trauma surgeon to show what a human designed to withstand a car crash could look like. To prevent ...
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Edible plants that can survive climate change while living in a desert where it's over 110 degrees...in the winter

Build-a-Rainforest You sound like you are trying to build your own rainforest, but hotter, and with a lot of edible plants. Something that currently isn't possible as a rainforest mostly creates/...
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How to tell someone they have travelled in time, by gesturing?

A model of the solar system, even in the 1900's they had little models of the planets around the sun that could rotate, he could point to the earth, point to where they are, point at her, then crank ...
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How to hinder the development of sea travel until the industrial age?

Doldrums On your world, the ocean winds are too weak for anyone to develop sailing ships in the first place. (Maybe the open ocean does have sufficient winds, but they don't start until 20-50 miles ...
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How to hinder the development of sea travel until the industrial age?

MAKE THE SUN SLIGHTLY SMALLER Assuming this earthlike habitable planet is slightly smaller than Earth, let's also assume the Sun may be smaller too, and according to this Tidal locking of habitable ...
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Island-hopping, gigantic-sized predator?

It's called a saltwater crocodile. The normal ones are already terrifying. This 4 metric ton beast existed. You're not taking very many liberties with biology.
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How to hinder the development of sea travel until the industrial age?

If in doubt always go with Religion to explain reasons for the impossible. Early Civilisation - Death by drowning sends your soul to hell or some other bad place and no one wants that or to even risk ...
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How to hinder the development of sea travel until the industrial age?

Radioactive oceans For some reason, your oceans are full of radioactive isotopes. No one can survive a sea voyage for very long, and people avoid the coast in general. In the equivalent of the 1800s, ...
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Island-hopping, gigantic-sized predator?

I doubt the small islands will have enough biomass to sustain such a big animal. Island dwarfism is an adaptation to the limited resources available on islands and archipelagos. Your creature seems to ...
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How to hinder the development of sea travel until the industrial age?

Assuming that most of the population lives in the fertile centre of the continent, travel in the fertile areas is easy, there is next to no food on the coast, fishing is limited due to the currents, ...
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If time travel is possible in the future, no matter how distant, why haven't they come back to tell us?

This question have dozens of answers already but nobody come up with this. So, here goes: The time-traveller switches on his machine set up to take him 1 year back. He is not sure whether earth would ...
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Metamorphosis in alien vertebrates

Possibly long answer. Well, if we gonna lose our bones, then we need to lose our bones first. Evolution theory basically follows easiest solutions that require least amount of changes and just enough ...
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A darker, foggy planet

Fog-forming is complex. First of all, fog is basically ground-level clouds. How are they formed- When a hot, humid air mass collides with a cold air mass, the moisture capacity can decrease ...
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Could a group of large flying creatures cause a tornado?

Here is an picture of a F5 tornado that struck Moore in 1997. And here's daddy That's right, you are looking at a supercell, gigantic behemoths of thunderstorms that extend as high as 70,000 ft, and ...
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A genetic disease that is characterised by both gigantism and intellectual disability

Make it up You are better off inventing a suitable condition or simply not referring to the name of the condition in universe. The story will not suffer if you omit the discussion about what ...
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What adaptations would allow standard fantasy dwarves to survive in the desert?

The dwarves in my fantasy setting actually specifically evolved in the desert. Their small size allowed them to burrow underground, escaping predators and gaining shelter from the sun. Their beards ...
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Can sustainable farming be done in the suburbs in this supernatural post-apocalyptic scenario?

Not Enough Nitrogen and Land The Haber process, which produces nitrogen-rich fertilizer, is really the reason why we have enough food to go around today. No industrial farming happens without that, ...
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Would a post-apocalyptic village full of only children be sustainable?

It is possible, as you said within a strong cultural / religious framework. The Why of such a practice aside the how is achievable, again within a structured framework. Not many generations past. ...
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Can sustainable farming be done in the suburbs in this supernatural post-apocalyptic scenario?

Sorry to Disappoint... You are trying to combine low technology with high-density/high-intensity agriculture. Those things are mutually-exclusive. The more intense the farming activity, the more you ...
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Would a post-apocalyptic village full of only children be sustainable?

Lots of Considerations Here... Background: I live in a rural area on a small farm. I have two children, and regularly interact with the local Amish community (meaning I have a lot of exposure to a ...
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Would a post-apocalyptic village full of only children be sustainable?

Unsustainable due to Population Demographics. These children know how to live in the post-apocalypse without adult supervision. They are from a rural part of the developing world. They are self ...
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Would a post-apocalyptic village full of only children be sustainable?

Probably, although they'd likely have trouble keeping anybody less than 2 or 3 years old alive. Other than that, children are far superior to adults in memory work; and in taking orders from others, ...
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Would a post-apocalyptic village full of only children be sustainable?

Yes and no... Mostly no... Kinda depends... Let's start with a stereotypical group of rural ranch/farm kids from central Montana. They've been in 4-H and Future Farmers of America for years, they've ...
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Would a post-apocalyptic village full of only children be sustainable?

In real life lord of the flies the children were fine. Then, on the eighth day, they spied a miracle on the horizon. A small island, to be precise. Not a tropical paradise with waving palm trees and ...
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