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Did/do the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park reproduce asexually or did some turn into males?

Doctor Grant, in the source novel surmises that some of the dinosaurs have turned male, then impregnated the remaining females. At no point does he seem to change his opinion; “It's not frog DNA,” ...
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First story about parasitic egg-laying aliens?

1939: "Discord in Scarlet", a novelette by A. E. van Vogt, first published in Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1939, available at the Internet Archive; later incorporated into the fix-up ...
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Is there any evolutionary advantage to the position of the Vulcan heart?

This is addressed in the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual, considered a canon source of information about the physiology of aliens. HEART AND LUNGS The Vulcan heart beats at the astounding ...
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Infection & Immunity in the Matrix- How did Neo not get sick upon leaving?

Answer attempt, assuming nobody finds a book or interview answer: When he leaves the tank, he has completely atrophied muscles. Given he has never used them in his entire life. They treat him for that....
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Book about a group of kids that were cloned from criminals

This is Masterminds by Gordon Korman. Eli Frieden has never left Serenity, New Mexico...why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and ...
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What was the name of this horror/science fiction story involving orcas/killer whales?

This sounds like "Bulk Food", a short story by Peter Watts and Laurie Channer, first published in On Spec in 1999. Watts indeed has a PhD in zoology, and worked at UBC's Marine Mammal Unit. ...
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Are the humans in the Star Wars Galaxy really humans?

The canon answer is no. Per the (fully Disney canon) Star Wars Made Easy factbook, the "humans" we see in the Star Wars universe are definitively not biologically related to humans from Earth. ...
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First story to deal with increased human intelligence?

If we're restricting it to human intelligence and discounting characters (like in Odd John or The Hampdenshire Wonder) who are born super-intelligent, then a bit earlier than Flowers for Algernon (...
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First story to deal with increased human intelligence?

1931: Seeds of Life, a novel by John Taine (pseudonym of mathematician Eric Temple Bell); first published in Amazing Stories Quarterly, Fall 1931, available at the Internet Archive; the text is also ...
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Tribble dislike of Klingons and other aspects of their biology?

It does not appear that tribbles have the capacity to tell whether somebody is a bad guy, but they evidently can tell whether somebody is a Klingon specifically. Tribbles are seen to dislike Worf (in &...
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Did elves shed hair?

Tolkien does not discuss whether elves shed hair or not. A few of Tolkien's notes do discuss the style and color of elvish hair, and whether or not they grow facial hair. Sometimes these notes are ...
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How do Togrutas hear?

They have ears. Ahsoka shook herself out of her trance and found that the cleaner was cheerfully butting itself against the door to the shower. She got up to turn it off, and the new sound reached ...
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Where/What are Venom's eyes?

Venom is a two-part entity, the alien symbiote and the human to which it is bonded. Venom's appearance is a variation on the original black Spider-Man costume. The white areas corresponded to the ...
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Where/What are Venom's eyes?

When the symbiote was being used as a costume by Peter Parker, as noted in this answer, it imitated the "one-way mirror" style lenses of Spider-Man's regular costume. Note that, while the symbiote (...
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Where does the energy come from in the Dune ecosystem?

Incorrect assumptions in the question According to the Dune Encylopedia the world of Arrakis is not ecologically barren. There are native plants which indicates that photosynthesis has been occurring ...
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Identifying this artwork source (and artist) of a 'future human' (NSFW)

It looks like it comes from the March 1971 edition of Playboy. The article is entitled "Polluted Man" by Arthur Kretchmayer, with illustrations by Don Punchatz. It concerns the form of the ...
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What is the earliest example of an accidental origin of life or civilisation?

It's part of the backstory in At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft (written in 1931 but not published until 1936). The Old Ones (as they are known in that story; to distinguish them from ...
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What is the earliest example of an accidental origin of life or civilisation?

Larry Niven's 1966 novel, World of Ptavvs, is an example (published earlier, 1965, as a novella). In this case, the Earth is seeded with food yeast some billions of years ago, and the yeast ...
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Dragon's egg -- fear of heights?

Yes, they fear heights. With good cause. At 67 billion g, even living at a million times human speed things drop very fast: The first thing they did was to push the large, whole dragon crystal to ...
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First story to deal with increased human intelligence?

I'm going to go a lot earlier. It depends somewhat on how you define "intelligence." Briefly, Orpheus was supposedly born a human (this is contradicted by versions of the story, but let's ...
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Did/do the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park reproduce asexually or did some turn into males?

@Valorum has answered for the book. In the film Grant says, on finding some hatched eggs in the wild: Well, on the tour, the film said they used frog DNA to fill in the gene sequence gaps. They ...
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How do Human-Twi'lek hybrids work in Star Wars?

Short Answer: Unknown. The ins and outs of such genetic combinations in Star Wars is never directly addressed. Rather Longer Answer: Star Wars isn't sci-fi, nor is it meant to be. It's a space fantasy ...
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Does a xenomorphs acid blood make it vulnerable to water, or any other base/buffer solution?

Just "bleeding" wouldn't necessarily do it - after all, if you have a cut on your finger you can dip it into a container of alcohol. Not pleasant, not gonna kill you either. Also, the circulation of ...
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What is the earliest example of an accidental origin of life or civilisation?

Arthur C. Clarke's story, Before Eden from Amazing Stories (June 1961), where human explorers leave behind sufficient garbage and wastes on an alien planet to contaminate it with microscopic Earth ...
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First story to deal with increased human intelligence?

I'm not sure if you consider this kind of cyborg to be enhanced human intelligence or just AI. It's also an example of a story about a cyborg, and a sci-fi story that mentions an actual recently-...
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Strange alien planet with sentient trees, human colony - a novel

It's called The Remarkables! It hit me like a sack of bricks. Phew! Here's a link to Robert Reed's page on his own book. It contains this summary: In the Realm, with its terraformed worlds, ...
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What is the earliest example of an accidental origin of life or civilisation?

In 1751, the Danish-Norwegian Ludvig Holberg published Moral Fables, of which No. 81 was Midernes art og egenskab (The Ways of Mites)¹. It describes a civilization of mites having sprung up on an old ...
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Infection & Immunity in the Matrix- How did Neo not get sick upon leaving?

As Morpheus said. That you are a slave, Neo. That you, like everyone else, was born into bondage... kept inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. One of the ...
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How do female Comonwealth citizens continue to have kids after rejuvenation?

I don't believe ova are specifically referenced. The rejuvenation process is described in Misspent Youth as being based around resetting DNA from the individual to a younger age, and then vectoring it ...
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Biologist tries to clone dead wife

Andover from 2017, written and directed by Scott Perlman. The film stars Jonathan Silverman as Adam, a genetics professor at the fictional Andover University, and real-life wife Jennifer Finnigan as ...
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