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[Member Project] Skatha: Sapients and other fauna; XENOBIOLOGY
Topic Started: Dec 20 2011, 12:12 AM (24,154 Views)
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Fantastic art, but it's a little too similar to a piece by abiogenesis: http://abiogenisis.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3090s2

Why do the animals on Skatha reproduce so infrequently? Could it be that high levels of solar radiation make reproduction risky on all but the cloudiest days of the year (due to increased risk of harmful mutation)?

EDIT: Or maybe the day when they reproduce coincides with an annual total solar eclipse.
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"Yeah I'm seeing that now. However I used real boats and stuff when it came to reference... "

Can you link to a picture of one of those real boats? I'm curious.
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Fantastic artwork!
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Hmm, with a distributed nervous system connectivity between neurons and processing speed would suffer; these are actually problems that the human brain faces ( http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-limits-of-intelligence ) .

Something I do see happening is the development of giant ganglia to help control the Gapuri's arms. Animals with tentacle-y appendages generally have trouble figuring out their orientation; the number of bend points to keep track of is simply too high. As a result, octoPODES (yeah, bringin' it back :D ) have separate "brains" controlling each of their arms, and birds with long necks have stereotyped neck postures to cut down on processing ( scroll down: http://svpow.wordpress.com/category/brachiosaurs/sauroposeidon/ ).

Even humans (and other animals, presumably) delegate the majority of motor control to the spine when walking. Circuits called "central pattern generators" generate a walking pattern until an obstacle or patch of rough ground requires the brain to step in ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_pattern_generator ).

Finally, octoPODES actually bend their tentacles along imaginary "joints" when performing tasks that require a lot of coordination, such as bringing food to the mouth; presumably, as with the birds, this is to reduce the load on the brain of calculating the position of an infinitely variable floppy noodle (fascinating case of convergent evolution-- http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-04/cp-hto041306.php ).
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"Perhaps the Gapuri would have something like this inside their ribcage near the base of each one of their arms. It would probably be positioned inside the ribcage and right under the base of the arm, making it pretty hard to hit or damage."

That's pretty much what I was thinking. I wonder if the Gapuri could also make use of pseudo-joints when performing certain tasks (threading a needle comes to mind).
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Very cool!

So would you say the mucus is used as a form of currency?
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What an absolutely beautiful picture. Just looking at it has a soothing effect, as new-agey as that sounds :P .

Hmm, who's to say the Gapuri would even have pronouns?
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