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Questions that don't need their own topics; order to save topics
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well, new and old members, I put this so it does not arising filler issues that can be addressed of a single answer. this is to avoid topics that do not lead to any discussion.
some things should not write:

-Comments which are neither question nor answer.
-sarcastic answers
-repeat questions already answered
Edited by Dragonthunders, Jul 29 2014, 11:56 AM.
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Good idea. I wonder how many will actually use it though.
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Topic pinned. Would "Questions that don't need their own topics" be a better title?
Time flows like a river. Which is to say, downhill. We can tell this because everything is going downhill rapidly. It would seem prudent to be somewhere else when we reach the sea.

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edited, now, who wants to ask a question related to speculative evolution, do it here
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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!
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How long will the Hawaiian islands last?
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Jul 28 2014, 07:19 PM
How long will the Hawaiian islands last?
Around a few million years before being eroded. The hotspot will last tens of millions of years.




Well, who wants to answer the question that is written must only press the "quote" button, then type your answer and go.
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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!
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Are tunicates considered chordates? I heard that their larvae have a notochord.
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Jul 29 2014, 06:07 AM
Are tunicates considered chordates? I heard that their larvae have a notochord.
Currently, they are usually considered chordates.

This may not be the whole story. They may be of hybrid origin.
Time flows like a river. Which is to say, downhill. We can tell this because everything is going downhill rapidly. It would seem prudent to be somewhere else when we reach the sea.

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Tunicates just got significantly more interesting.
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I don't even really like this song that much but the title is pretty relatable sometimes, I guess.
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Jul 29 2014, 06:32 AM
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Jul 29 2014, 06:07 AM
Are tunicates considered chordates? I heard that their larvae have a notochord.
Currently, they are usually considered chordates.

This may not be the whole story. They may be of hybrid origin.

Wow.

Kind of a philosophical question here. I tend to use an "if it has only evolved once, don't count on it evolving again. If it has evolved twice, why not a third time?" rule. Is this reasonable? After all, before varanids developed a circulatory lung, it would have seemed like the sort of thing that was so unlikely as to only evolve once.
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Might depend on how recent said feature evolved.
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Jul 29 2014, 12:01 PM
Kind of a philosophical question here. I tend to use an "if it has only evolved once, don't count on it evolving again. If it has evolved twice, why not a third time?" rule. Is this reasonable? After all, before varanids developed a circulatory lung, it would have seemed like the sort of thing that was so unlikely as to only evolve once.
In terms of making it sound believable, there are certainly benefits in choosing (relatively) repeatedly arisen features. Personally I would expect at least some "freak" features to have arisen, but it is probably a matter of balance and the intended audience.

The optimal solution, in my opinion, is just to create an evolutionary history which would logically produce the phenomenon.
Time flows like a river. Which is to say, downhill. We can tell this because everything is going downhill rapidly. It would seem prudent to be somewhere else when we reach the sea.

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Holben
Jul 29 2014, 01:02 PM
Heteromorph
Jul 29 2014, 12:01 PM
Kind of a philosophical question here. I tend to use an "if it has only evolved once, don't count on it evolving again. If it has evolved twice, why not a third time?" rule. Is this reasonable? After all, before varanids developed a circulatory lung, it would have seemed like the sort of thing that was so unlikely as to only evolve once.
In terms of making it sound believable, there are certainly benefits in choosing (relatively) repeatedly arisen features. Personally I would expect at least some "freak" features to have arisen, but it is probably a matter of balance and the intended audience.

The optimal solution, in my opinion, is just to create an evolutionary history which would logically produce the phenomenon.


I use that as a rule of thumb too. And to keep things interesting I sometimes introduce "freak" features that haven't arisen on Earth. In other words, if it evolved only once, too bad. If it evolved zero times, go for it. Stuff that evolves multiple times is sort of the staple of the meal, while novel features are the spice.


Holben
Jul 29 2014, 06:32 AM
This may not be the whole story. They may be of hybrid origin.


You did what with a protostome?!

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Jul 28 2014, 04:13 PM
Life uh, finds a way..
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Mmkay. So... er...
Why are cats generally considered a separate species, while dogs generally aren't?
I know it's partially because dogs... um... occasionally procreate with wolves, but do cats do the same thing with wild cats? Besides, dogs differ much more in phenotype.
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