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Humanoid aliens (was: Heyas all!)

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Sunday, March 28, 1999, 15:17
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote:
> Trace Erin Kern wrote: > > Some biological reasons for the evolution into a 'humanoid' form: > > Greater height from the ground, enabling greater visual range to avoid > > predators and spot prey. > > Hand make the use of tools much easier. > > It depends on what you mean by "humanoid", but, IMO, it would be logical > for sentient species to have a humanoid form, in as far as bipedal, two > arms, two eyes (at least), two ears (at least), major sensory organs > concentrated in one region (i.e., the face), opposable thumbs, a mouth,
The oankali aliens in Butler's _Xenogenesis_ have sensory tentacles that can taste and see all over their bodies. I think such a scheme would be uncomfortable for most beings because it means a lot of vulnerable points -- but the oankali have a lethal sting on each tentacle.
> etc. Actually, I suppose that maybe they wouldn't even have to be > bipedal, but certainly have at least one pair of free limbs (arms).
What about the puppeteers in Ringworld? No arms -- just a double head with lips that double as fingers. Not very likely though. --Pablo Flores * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. Lily Tomlin