One of my all-time favorite documentaries on speculative evolution would be The Future is Wild, which depicts how animals could evolve in three different time zones. Like books such as After Man and The New Dinosaurs, this documentary was partially created by Douglas Dixon. This documentary really stimulates the mind and makes one wonder what is evolutionarily possible. In order to gain inspiration for my dinosaur zoology book, I have been rewatching this documentary in order to better understand the functionality of an animal’s adaptations and how they would cope with extreme environments. Just as medieval documentaries helped me with my fantasy series, these kinds of documentaries will help me with both my zoology book and my dinosaur series as a whole.
Everyone knows about the raptors’ most iconic weapon: the retractable claws on their feet. Today, I watched a documentary series known as The Truth About Killer Dinosaurs. This show displayed a series of tests that demonstrated the lethal power of dinosaur weaponry that ranged from Tyrannosaurus Rex’s jaws to Triceratops’s horns. Among the dinosaur weapons that were tested was a recreation of the Velociraptor’s retractable talons. It has been commonly believed that a raptor’s retractable talons were designed to gut its victims to death. However, it was revealed that a raptor’s talons operated more like a meat hook than a scythe. Therefore, it was theorized that a raptor used its talons to puncture the prey’s jugular vein and windpipe, causing the prey to bleed to death while choking on its own blood. This killing method is similar to how a lion would bite the throat of a zebra except it is with claws instead of fangs. It is not the killing method we are used to seeing in the movies, but it is every bit as deadly.
Because of the constantly changing nature of our planet, the atmosphere was never the same composition all the time. Before there was terrestrial plant life, the Earth had an atmosphere with a lot more carbon dioxide, which made it impossible for modern terrestrial life forms to breathe. On the other hand, the atmosphere of the Carboniferous Period had twice as much oxygen as today. Because of the high oxygen levels, insects and vegetation were allowed to grow to massive size. Unfortunately, the high oxygen levels increased the chances of forest fires, which is why so many scorched fossils were found from that era. In addition to giant insects and colossal plants, the Carboniferous Period was ruled by amphibians the size of crocodiles and saw the evolution of the earliest reptiles.
A couple days ago, I discovered something fascinating. We often think that Megalodon was the most terrifying sea monster in the Miocene oceans. However, it turns out that Megalodon had an arch nemesis that was as big and ferocious as it was. That creature was a close cousin of the sperm whale known as Livyatan Melvillei. It was named after the biblical sea monster Leviathan and Herman Melville the author of Moby Dick. This beast had teeth bigger than Megalodon’s and was an apex predator that attacked and ate everything in the ocean including the occasional Megalodon. I have seen videos of whales outsmarting and killing sharks. Due to this, this creature would have Megalodon’s size and power, but would be much smarter. If you heard whales sing, then imagine how this thing would sound in the water. I can imagine it being louder and deeper than any modern whale call, which would be far more ominous and haunting. I am thinking of writing a book about this whale in the future once my schedule opens up. I am aiming to make this creature the modern Moby Dick!
While watching futuristic documentaries on Curiosity Stream, I discovered ways in which people can be made superhuman through artificial means. Experiments were done to increase the muscle mass of cows and mice through genetic engineering. These animals were injected with the IGF1 Gene, which stimulates muscle growth on a cellular level. Unlike steroids, the IGF1 Gene is a natural protein that does not break the body down. The muscles of these cows and mice were increased in size by 400 percent. Imagine if the Running of the Bulls involved unleashing bulls that were as large and powerful as these super cows. Also, the super sized mouse in the picture above would be a real life Mighty Mouse and it reminds me of something from a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Both of these animals could be test subjects for a real life super soldier program like Captain America! Based on these test results, I wonder what these muscle enhancers will do to humans. We can have a real life Hulk on our hands! I will toy with this concept of genetic engineering in my new superhero story and it will serve as a potential countermeasure for humans against real Superhumans.
Tonight, I hit the mother load! I came across this streaming website called Curiosity Stream, which features all the documentaries I will ever need for inspiration for my books. The genres the documentaries came in included history and science. The history documentaries will come in handy while writing my fantasy books because there are plenty of medieval documentaries. The science documentaries will come in handy with my science fiction and superhero books due to having futuristic and biological documentaries. I look forward to start watching everything this website has to offer and I will share what I have learned with you.
One of the strangest concepts in science fiction would be the ability to transfer your essence into a new body. What would you do if you were given the chance to live again in another body? I was first introduced to the concept in the Legends Star Wars stories where Emperor Palpatine escaped death by mass producing clones of himself and using the dark side of the Force to transfer his mind to one of these clones. Each time Palpatine died, he repeated the process and transferred his essence into another clone. In my new superhero series, I will be including a unique version of essence transfer and it will involve quite the plot twist.
Even though I HATE the idea of alien abduction with a passion, I am VERY interested in the idea of life on other planets. In recent years, we have discovered alien fossils in meteorites and in soil samples from Mars. These fossils are just microscopic organisms like bacteria, but the fact that they exist at all is significant. I wonder what other specimens exist outside of our solar system and galaxy. If we expand our conquest of the stars, we might find even more significant evidence of alien life.
What would we do if we found perfectly preserved alien DNA? Would we use it for medicinal science or some other means? In my dystopian series, there will be alien DNA and it will play a significant role in the series as a whole.
I discovered something interesting about Henry VIII’s armor. His armor was used as inspiration by NASA to create the earliest space suits.
In a futuristic world, I can imagine robot battles would become much more commonplace than they are today. I will be exploring how this sport will have evolved over the next 5,000 years. One of the main characters in my superhuman series will be an active participant of robot battling.