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Re: Heyas all!

From:Trace Erin Kern <tracefox@...>
Date:Friday, April 16, 1999, 6:20
On Sun, 28 Mar 1999 04:08:22 -0500 Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> writes:
>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, 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). I suppose that a >six-limbed creature could have four legs and two arms >(Centaurs?). The two eyes and ears are for binocular vision and >stereo hearing.
I use much the same judgement in creating the species in my stories, in fact I have a species that is six-limbed, with two arms and four legs. They resemble centaurs, but are vulpine, Fox-taurs. In any event, a vaguely humanoid form is logical for a sentient, technological species to evolve into. At least humanoid in the points you mention. Now for non-bipedal sentients, I typically use insect biology as a template. Much like the 'Bugs' in the movie 'Starship Troopers', the Hirojha Brood have sub-species which serve specialized functions within the Colony. Most of the Hirojha aren't sentient, but have high animal intelligence and are directed by sentient castes. Now I apologize for the mostly off-topic discussion, and the very late reply. I just enjoy talking about stuff like this, so if anyone wishes to continue this, lemme know. As for the lateness, my system crashed for a while...<shrugs> Trace Erin Kern: Shapeshifting Kitsune - ~Hah'Rooqh Tah'Khrine, Eayl Noh'Tahl~ ~May you go in peace, all your journey~ ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]