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Mythical Evolution; Assuming Mythical Creatures exist in Biology
Topic Started: Oct 15 2013, 06:27 PM (2,548 Views)
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Animal Planet has now made documentaries on the evolution of Dragons and Mermaids. How might other supposed mythical creatures evolve in real life, say Ogres, Elves or Fairies?
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well, actually those documentaries as they were not very realistic about the biology of dragons and mermaids.
supposedly elves would another race of humans, ogres, could be hominids and fairies would have to be vertebrates, but not related to mammals.
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So, if Fairies are vertebrates but not mammals, what could they be?
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http://www.wizards.com/magic/images/cardart/LRW/Nectar_Faerie.jpg
https://www.wizards.com/magic/images/mtgcom/fcpics/taste/db18_cardart.jpg

Are these plausible looks for actual Fairies?
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I think it would have to be something non-humanoid
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Dragontunders, why would they have to be non-humanoid? If you're going for mythological accuracy, they'd have to be humanoid in appearance. Otherwise, why call them faeries?

And AlienSyfy, faeries in general are not really all that plausible in the first place, so coming up with a realistic, believable evolutionary history would be difficult, to say the least.

And things like Magic: the Gathering card art is not necessarily the best place to to for biologically plausible creatures, particularly the Lorwyn cards. They may look cool, but that doesn't mean they make sense.
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might have to have a humanoid silhouette, but up close should not be
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Oct 16 2013, 03:07 PM
Why is this in my sub-forum?
Perhaps AlienSyFy misunderstood the "Fantasy" part of the title.
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Well, the fact this is in ASF subforum is actually understandable...
And I actually liked the mermaid one, it's nice, specially the Megalodon self-sacrifice part.
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But the Megalodon left a perfectly good dead whale to eat a small aquatic ape. Why would any predator leave lots of fresh dead meat for small living meat?
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Animal Planet has now made documentaries on the evolution of Dragons and Mermaids. How might other supposed mythical creatures evolve in real life, say Ogres, Elves or Fairies?
Don't forget werewolves! There was also a werewolf mockumentary called "Werewolves: The Dark Survivors". Probably, the next thing they'd do might be something about vampires.
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But the Megalodon left a perfectly good dead whale to eat a small aquatic ape. Why would any predator leave lots of fresh dead meat for small living meat?


is something added as for to give drama to the story. would have been more realistic than would have been a actual shark
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Age of Mankind
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The Long Cosmic Journey
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Holocene park: Welcome to the biggest adventure of the last 215 million years, where the age of mammals comes to life again!
Cambrian mars: An interesting experiment on an unprecedented scale, the life of a particular and important period in the history of our planet, the cambric life, has been transported to a terraformed and habitable mars in an alternative past.
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Oct 15 2013, 06:27 PM
Animal Planet has now made documentaries on the evolution of Dragons and Mermaids. How might other supposed mythical creatures evolve in real life, say Ogres, Elves or Fairies?
Don't forget werewolves! There was also a werewolf mockumentary called "Werewolves: The Dark Survivors". Probably, the next thing they'd do might be something about vampires.
Wait, really? Haven't heard of that one.
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