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Yes, but not enough. It's not simply a matter of heart. You can have multiple hearts (after all, the evolution of the kaiju is just speculative). The pressure differential involved, both in stationary stance and when moving, cannot be overcame just by adding hearts. You'd need to completely break the circulatory system into separate sections, with a rete ...


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Not a solution. As per the comments in the question: Square cube law also effects muscle strength, so no matter how many hearts you have there is still a limit. -Topcode Also by adding another heart, you now need more oxygen. This requires more lungs. You'll also need more calories, so more digestive system in general. And so on. Just as in the rocket ...


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The problem is surface area versus volume. Also called the square cube law. Lungs require surface area to gather oxygen. They do this by making thin walls in the lungs where blood is on one side and oxygen on the other, giving oxygen a chance to get bound to the red bloodcells. Whenever you double the size of the creature a rough estimate gives you 4x more ...


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Reverse the Cause and Effect Relationship IE: They don't die because they sneeze, they sneeze because they died. Instead of being always open like in humans, the default position of the alien nasal cavity is closed off by a sphincter that is actively opened by muscle contraction to allow air in and out of the nose. A good way to justify this is if you aliens ...


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Death penalty The aliens went through a pandemic at some point in their history. Lacking the science to understand it, they instead enshrined in their religions that people who sneeze are sinners who must be killed on sight. To make it more complicated for the aliens who sneeze, their anatomy is such that sneezing blows open a flap of skin on their noses. It ...


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A Sneeze is the Alien’s Banshee Cry From Wikipedia: A sneeze, or sternutation, is a semi-autonomous, convulsive expulsion of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth, usually caused by foreign particles irritating the nasal mucosa. The function of sneezing is to expel mucus containing foreign particles or irritants and cleanse the nasal cavity. ...


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Not impossible It can be that sneezing has been phased out, for whatever reason. Somehow they just don't sneeze anymore under their current circumstances. After many generations, the reflex might still be in place, like nipples on a man. Besides being there, in rare cases they are able to give off a liquid, suggesting that reflexes, despite being useless, ...


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Their sneeze reflex If they die when they sneeze, for the most part those with a sneeze reflex would die young and not reproduce. The surviving aliens will no longer have a sneeze reflex. It's a little too much of a hole to fill in a species design.


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MAD Mutually Assured Destruction. The aliens have the capability to wipe out the humans but the humans have brought nukes with them. Any direct attack, the humans would turn the planet into a radioactive parking lot. It's what stops the countries of Earth from destroying each other. The aliens need a more subtle method of attack.


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Cant we all just get along? I propose your fungus develop as a thick cake like coat on the exterior of the organism. It does not take over the organism because it is a fungus and it is bad at being an animal. But it is good at being a fungus and great at harnessing radiant energy. When it is getting a lot of energy it might exude some happy juice for the ...


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Hugbots. Your nano machines trundle out and hug opposing forces and machines. They just glom on and stay. They do not otherwise damage the thing. They are pretty durable. If you peel one off and it has any life left in it, it will hug something else. Hugging does not damage things. A nano machine hugging a tank tread might jam it up. If it hugs a ...


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It depends how capable the nanobots are without further orders from the operators? If this battle was taking part in space over larger distances you could cut off the nanobots communication with their operators by dividing the swarm, taking parts of it out of the range of the operators communication, then create to much chaos for the swarm to understand with ...


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Misinformation, taking over or otherwise interference The machines are controlled by a powerful AI. However, the machines are low cognitive machines that work together. Their low cognition and communication to each other/the AI makes them more vulnerable to misinformation or taking over commands. Finally, they are allocated to certain tasks. Without constant ...


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Emerald Cockroach Wasps: The problem of replacing your host slowly is that this is exactly what your immune system is designed to prevent. A disease that slowly displaces the host will be recognized as foreign and the body will aggressively fight it. Cancer is able to do what it does because it IS you, and is as such identical immunologically to you. Even in ...


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In theory, I suppose it could develop into something like a cave ecosystem. You have some potential problems though. The decomposition is going to provide you with plenty of nutrients and even moisture, but it is not an renewable set of resources. Since the ecosystem has effectively been turned into a desert you have a problem with water getting to where ...


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The problem is we do not have any similar experience to relate so we just cannot answer. We can only refer to an evolutionary path that we have observed/experienced. And truth to be told we may even underestimate what we see when we observe something. For years animals were devoured of emotions, however, most recent studies show that at least some mammals ...


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To justify the "space-born" paradox, there may have to be an artificial origin story... perhaps the recombinant genetic engineering of two similar species of intelligent life (with artificial factors that support long-term space travel). I suggest a weak artificial gravity environment, such as rotating stations for the space-born variety. This ...


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Colored Skin, the color derived from that of the first plant the individual ingests. Easiest part, certain chemicals in plants trigger hormonal reactions, once reaction is triggered it is impossible to stop it (feedback loop) at least not without advanced medical tech. Different hormones activate different pigment synthesizing cells to varying levels. Think ...


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Flaps were there first. How can I pass up a shout out for the awesome colugo? https://www.wired.com/2014/11/absurd-creature-of-the-week-colugo/ The colugo is an excellent glider. Its flaps are not unique; sugar gliders and flying squirrels are similarly structured but not closely related. You can see the colugo is well provisioned with flaps upon flaps - ...


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The only obstacle to an insectoid creature becoming what the question needs is the skeleton An insectoid could reduce or even lose its exoskeleton if it evolved to move through tight spaces like a rat or velvet worm. These creatures may become adapted to a new niche, and may evolve hard structures in the limb and body to allow better leverage They will still ...


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You could say they are invulnerable because of rapid regeneration, but the fact that the cells are in a constant state of division makes them more vulnerable to radiation. This is the opposite of cockroaches which do not undergo much cell division and as such are extra-resistant to radiation while they are not molting.


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Well, you'd need to understand what it is about our weaponry that kills things, and what adaptations that kaiju would have that would help it to sustain injuries. Now, you mentioned that a nuclear explosion COULD kill the kaiju, which means that it is not actually indestructible, just really hard to kill. So, what is it about the kaiju that helps it to ...


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There's nothing science based about indestructible Kaiju, because they already defy biology by laughing at the square-cube law. Just claim they have carbon fiber reinforced skin and impressive regeneration abilities and let suspension of disbelief handle the rest. Edit: Additionally you could say they are made of "exotic matter" and can only be ...


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