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Pick your evolutionary choice!

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3 (33.3%)
C
0 (0%)
D
2 (22.2%)

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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2006, 02:50:36 pm »
A. Ditto on Krako.
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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2006, 02:52:36 pm »
A- You need food before you can fight.
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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2006, 06:29:06 pm »
First update for Wednesday. Turns out there'll only be two updates, most likely, for today...I kind of had an AP History paper to write. Anyways, moving on!

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Our organism develops a patch of light sensitive mini-cells, capable of determining the brightness of light. As our creature tends to increase in size as it manages to secure a much larger quantity of food in the forms of algae and the waste from the collective ecosystem. Eventually, it became more complex, with a trio of patches that were capable of some form of depth perception so as to more or less "see" the shadows and silhouettes of food near the surface of the water.

This didn't stop predation, of course. While our kind could barely see our predators, and almost evade them from time to time, the increase of population and size made them easier targets, especially when they couldn't even feel when they were being "chewed" on, so to speak, though their predators became more life-threatening parasites more than anything else, as the size of our orb-like creatures began to lack...aerodynamics, so to speak, as a sphere seemed to drag a bit when the water jets pushed them around. Also, the energy it took to move was also significantly greater in need, for the spheres to move, and after a big feed, and a lot of movement, most would need to rest to properly

A - Develop a Nervous System.

B - Develop modified fins/legs, for better mobility.

C - Develop a form of cardiovascular system, for more efficient resource management, and for inwardly fighting against internal parasites.

D - Develop a form of olfactory sensory.
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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2006, 08:30:14 pm »
Guys! Don't let them develop the sense of touch, OK? They can be zombies! But, with brains. Zombies + Brains = Ultimate ground army.
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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2006, 08:32:24 pm »
they gotta develop a nervous system for any kind of limb mobility.

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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2006, 08:39:24 pm »
They are still the size of a grain of sand, right? Because that is awfully small for any sort of 'system'... I do hope they get bigger in the next update. Anyways, I agree with smjjames: a nervous system!
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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2006, 08:43:34 pm »
it can just be a very basic system with thin nerves only a few cells wide and the brain only bieng a thick nerve bundle in the head.

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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2006, 08:46:56 pm »
Smjjames hit the nail on the head. Even if the entity is just barely larger than a grain of sand, there are still -tons- of cells in there, and even large organisms, like a lot of Cnidarians, lack brains completely...just nervous systems, or nerve clumps.

Aaanyways, next update is tomorrow afternoon...Sorry for only one update, but I was fairly busy. I hope to bang out two or three tomorrow, hopefully three.

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Okay, so here's the oopdate. Wee!

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Our critter grew drastically in size, developing a more complex nervous system that finally brought branching tissues together, which included its sight. In fact, the gentle, grazing nature and sheer amount of plenty made it easy to double in size, though movement came even more ponderous, which led it to just simply float slowly, eating waste, algae, and the smaller, unicellular organisms that seemed incapable of escaping its vacuum. Granted, other species began developing as well, though even when roughly around the same size as our creature, they couldn't puncture its hardened exterior to do any damage or eat it, and most were simply carnivores, and competing with others for different food sources.

Rudimentary muscles came with the increase in size, forming ringlets around the holes for eating and transportation, allowing our creature to adjust its speed and intake, as well as creating primitive digestive tissues, rather than just simple vacuoles in neighboring cells. Gradually, they became complexer as a species, and as size grew, one would find that the water seemed to be...increasingly shallow, even more so than just what seemed to be normal for a size increase...Eventual advances in sight, with better depth perception and even some bits of color would allow them to spy outside of their fluid environment, outside of the pools that they lived to look out at a fairly barren world...Water was simply a series of puddles...similar to tide pools that sat and flowed in little dents on the rocky surface, undoubtedly from being battered with asteroids...

Some forms of algae had advanced far enough to start escape the water and conventional predation by getting onto the surface, evolving into mosses and similar things that could exist on the temperate, moist surface.

A - Develop nubby limbs for locomotion outside of jets.

B - Develop amphibious lungs.

C - Develop a more advanced brain and thinking process.

D - Develop a better form of sexual reproduction other than laying one egg at a time.
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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2006, 02:02:38 pm »
they are still too primitive for most of those. at thier size which is still barely the size of a grain of sand, they should be able to 'breathe' through thier skin outside of the water or something.

I'd say D

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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2006, 02:25:22 pm »
I agree with smjjames, at our presemt size and evolution stage, most of these wouldn't work very well.  The only one that really would is the nubby limbs and the sexual reproduction thing... which is what I voted for.

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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2006, 02:31:50 pm »
They can't breathe through their membranes. They have a hardened shell, remember? They're also nearly twice the grain of sand, so they're not -really- microbial organisms anymore, but hey, whatever.

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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2006, 02:34:04 pm »
thats still tiny though and I forgot about the hardened shell. but faster reproduction or laying more eggs will work out in the long term.

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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2006, 02:39:30 pm »
Tardigrades are around the same size (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterbear) and have many of the same features, and seem to be even more complex, physically.

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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2006, 02:10:38 pm »
Weeeellp. I waited for more votes after six, but I guess that was a bit of a waste of time. Aaaanyways, the results have arrived, and unanimously, it was D

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A new egg laying and hatching method was developed. Rather than simply exchanging fluids instinctively, a designated male and female gender is created...The difference? Very little, in reality, due to limited space, resources, and obviously, genetic material. Males come floating along and spurt genetic material at females, who then receive the DNA packets and promptly lay a clutch of roughly thirty or so eggs, however, the whole process is...fairly primitive, especially since there are no distinguishing characteristics between male and female, male members just wind up spurting out genetic material at -any- member of the species, and with very little to no maternal instincts, females typically just float off after laying eggs unhidden and unprotected. While this would seem problematic, in reality, it produced much more young than before, even despite the fact that most of the eggs were eaten by predators, or they succumbed to harsh conditions.

Eventually, a plateau would be reached. A little more than twice the size of a grain of sand, no expansion could be possible with the present amount of food and reproduction, and our creatures hit a bit of a snag in that there was very little reason to advance, until of course, a new form of predator came from out of nowhere. Presumably from another area, they were long, flexible creatures with circular mouths that were more than capable of sawing right through such hard, protective skins, and quickly devouring the insides and planting eggs in the empty shells of their victims.

This new predator, the Plakth, as it would later be named by intelligent species, simply devastated the population, and with a large population to feed on, it practically ate -exlusively- on our organisms. They were swift, vicious, and too large to simply be sucked up, and posed a serious danger. How exactly to deal with them?

A - Develop a taste for Plakth eggs.

B - Develop natural camouflage and hide.

C - Stop floating on the surface develop small limbs to rove the murky bottom, where Plakth can't see, and all eventual debris lands for feeding anyway.

D - Develop simple, toxic goop that could be squirted out of jets and into Plakth eyes and mouths.

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Re: Yup. Another SPORPG.
« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2006, 02:35:11 pm »
C: It has a double advantage, as already stated. Food + Safety=The right choice.

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