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The Beast Rampant11 Jun 2019 7:48 a.m. PST

I don't feel that "this is ridiculous" is a mutually exclusive answer. grin

Fun poll.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 11:51 a.m. PST

An Ant Strength is many times greater than a Great Ape.

Covert Walrus11 Jun 2019 5:00 p.m. PST

Other; Bumblebee Muscles.

The msucles of the Bumblebee ( Bombus genus ) are remarkable in that not only do they have strength weight for wieght greater than any other muscle on Earth, they have a voluntary Futile Cycle sysetm; This enzymatic reaction were a chemical is converted to one form and back again, producing nothing but heat from both reactions, is used by the Bombus to generate internal heat, and thus allow it to function at environmental temperatures lower than almost all other insects.

Imagine being able to heat oneself more effectively in the cold and be super strong in one move.

jamemurp12 Jun 2019 11:25 a.m. PST

Heat generation is fine for smaller animals, but the larger the mammal, the more it struggles with heat dispersion. Mammalian muscles and metabolic processes already generate a tremendous amount of heat. Even in cold environments, excessive heat is a liability, not an advantage. In cold, it does nothing to stop heat loss from other areas and has a limited effect on the overall drop of core temperature. Additionally, the practical problem with things like ant and bee strength is the structure does not scale up well. A huge bee/ant/whatever would have trouble supporting it's own weight, not to mention struggle with respiration.

Apes are proportionally stronger than humans for a variety of reasons. But their muscle structure works at human scale. I guess the idea could be more simply distilled to superhuman strength, something that humans have fantasized about since time immemorial.


I would think flight would also be a popular option. Even better- mix them all in for a super strong, fast, regenerating, flying super mutant!

NOLA Chris Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2019 7:57 a.m. PST

endurance… troops that can fight for 3 days straight without a break would be brutally scary!

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