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January 2017 Reader Question 13

January 2017 Reader Question 13 published on 53 Comments on January 2017 Reader Question 13

Make a gryphon out of extinct animals? Why yes I WILL do that!!!






We don’t know what thylocosmilus’s coat looked like, but I like modeling it after the thylacine because of reasons!


My question got answered! Hallelujah! Also awesome beast!

The species name is hard to think up, but for now I will call him Timothy the Thylacosmilus terror. If that is okay with the amazing artist, that is. Now I hope they somehow show up in the actual comic, even just as fossils.

Sometimes I’m glad things go extinct.

Hey, I take offense to that, this is apparently the spirit animal I never knew I needed!

Um are you nuts or just plain crazy. And sorry if that is mean but seriously who would want that thing as a spirit animal. Now a guardian animal I am OK with.

Bit of a sore subject, but cerebral palsy is my kettle of fish, although minor in my case. I can’t run fast, so a spirit animal based on a predator who could probably run pretty fast mixed with a bird that can’t fly sort of sums up both what I wish I could do and my own limits.

Do all ouzelum birds have the same red-blue-white color scheme and design pattern? Or are there regional/genetic differences? If there are, could you show us some? If there aren’t, could you draw how an ouzelum bird flies? I’ve heard they fly backwards but I dunno how.

What would the earliest griffin look like?

They would look exactly the same as now because there is no such thing as evolution. And besides in illumination we see Finn the red and he looks the same as a modern day gryphon.

I’m gonna nip this one in the bud and say that evolution absolutely exists in Skin Deep (as it also does in real life). Humans alive in the same time as Phineas the Red also looked the same as modern-day humans, there’s no reason to think he’d be different.

Let’s agree to disagree and leave it at that deal? And I mean about evolution.

Well the best thing about science is that you don’t have to believe in it for it to still be real.

It is a religious thing for me.

Evolution is nothing but adaptation to the environment. Humans do it all the time, we just tend to do it through technological means. Think about it… let’s say you moved to northern Alaska, where a *warm* day is -10 degrees. What would you do?

Answer: You’d start wearing layers of warmer clothing. That’s evolution (adaptation to the environment). And after a few years living in that climate, you would grow deposits of Brown Adipose Tissue (“brown fat”) to make you more resistant to the cold. Unlike white fat, which just stores carbohydrates, brown fat is active in thermoregulation, producing heat by a process called “non-shivering thermogenesis”.

That’s a form of evolution, too, just on a much shorter time scale: If you moved back to a warmer climate, you’d start to lose that brown fat within a few months.

Well ‘Word of God’ (Kory) has declared evolution to be canon in the setting of skin deep. So in this case you don’t have to believe it is real in reality. Just that it is real in this fictional story.

Kind of like how I don’t believe magic exists, but recognise that it is real in the setting of this story.

Not sure if you’ll actually see this, but I hope it will help resolve some religious conflicts you may have with this story. ‘Cause it’d be a shame if you had to stop reading skin deep because of something like that. D:

So we know that when two different but similar species ‘mate’ their ‘offspring’ can be either species at random, but what determines what sub-species the offspring is?. For example: in the case of the parents being two creatures that consist of two different animals such as gryphons, or in the case of the parents being two creatures that consist of an animal and a human such as centaur or satyr/fawn, what would determine what sub-species or breed (and/or fur/feather/scale pattern) of bird or feline or horse or goat or deer or canine or fish or reptile or whatever other animal? Is the “process” random or is there some hereditary science involved?

Easy answer ” ta da magic.” What do you think.

well i was thinking that the Finn family are all pretty similar looking in terms of what kind of cat and bird they are, so i was wondering if it’s typical for the kids to be so similar to the parents or if it’s even possible for the kids to have different fur patterns than the parents. (we don’t have many examples of turned parentage)

So, did magical beings have conventional sentience before humans? If so, did they hide evidence of their ancient civilizations in precursor Avalons, or did they just live in a more “natural” animal way, undetectible by conventional archaeology?
Are there ancient primal spirits for dinosaurs or pterosaurs like there are spirit stags or birds?

There is an ancient saying ” magic is just science we don’t understand yet.” Does this answer your question if not then tell me to shut my mouth.

I want one. We have a proliferation of door to door salespeople. This is the cure.

Is it supposed to have saber teeth like a saber tooth tiger? Or am I just seeing things?

It has saber teeth because it is part thylocosmilus! Thylocosomilus was a relative of marsupials that looked like saber-toothed cats but weren’t related to them. Convergent evolution rules.

Truly it does. Thanks to it we have marsupial moles, the thylacosmilus of the hour, and it’s relative the thylacoleo/ marsupial lion

I don’t believe in evolution. But thinks for letting me know guys. And if you are girls then sorry for calling you guys.

I am a dude, so no fears mate (read comic too much, English accent happened)

Hey it’s OK mate.

Do Sphinxes give live birth or lay eggs?

I would expect live birth, but that’s just because two of the three animals that they take traits from, human lion and bird, are mammals. I may be wrong though

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