Not a shitpost. Just wondering. Are aliens?

Not a shitpost. Just wondering. Are aliens Waufimals? How do we categorize them?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You know how taxonomy works? How every animal has a binomial name? Well, technically it's not binomial. It goes all the way. When people say we're technically fish, it's because we're descended from them. Because we're mammals, which are also reptiliomorphs, which are tetrapods, which are vertebrates which are already fish. But we're also everything before that. Really, we're - get this:
    >Lucan (derived from the Last Universal Common Ancestor, LUCA)
    >Eukaryote Amorphea Opisthokont Animalia Bilateria Nephrozoa Deuterostome Chordata Olfactores Vertebrata Gnathostomata Osteichthyes Sarcopterygii Rhipidistia Tetrapod Reptiliomorpha Synapsid Eupelycosauria Sphenacodontia Therapsid Theriodontia Eutheriodontia Cynodont Epicynodontia Eucynodontia Probainognathia Prozostrodontia Mammaliamorpha Mammaliaformes Mammal Theria Placentalia Boreoeutheria Euarchontoglires Euarchonta Primatomorpha Primate Haplorhini Simiiformes Catarrhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Hominina Australopithecus homosexual sapiens
    >
    So that whole process, starting with LUCA? Well, on another planet, it won't be LUCA. It'll be something like [planet name's] Universal Common Ancestor (MUCA for Martian, or EUPA for Europa, or maybe KUPA for Kepler-1649c, or something) and then they'd organize it down their own path that is analogous but made up of different terms. Or arguably the same terms if they consider them analogous, like plant-like organisms that look and act a lot like ours might be called [planet prefix (like KUPA, or Kupan) Plantae] which would arguably make things more consistent or legible/easy to track, but that's obviously way, way, WAY up in the air.
    >
    but to answer your initial question:
    >Are aliens Waufimals?
    Are they
    >Animals
    no, because they'd be non-Lucan animals at best.
    >
    Are they
    >Nature
    Absolutely, so yeah, we'd probably just discuss them here or on Wauf.
    >
    also there's a spec evo general that's already established that chats about them, at least the fictional ones.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Couldn't we basically boil down life into two categories? Autotrophs and Heterotrophs, and just give them fancy names from there? I guess at that point we're technically lumping fungus in with animals though.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        That's pretty much a meaningless distinction especially when some organisms can do both. The reason for the above cladistics is to accurately describe the relations between other animals. Take this as an example:
        >Eukaryote Amorphea Opisthokont Animalia Bilateria Nephrozoa Deuterostome Chordata Olfactores Vertebrata Gnathostomata Osteichthyes Sarcopterygii Rhipidistia Tetrapod Reptiliomorpha Sauropsida Eureptilia Diapsid Sauria Archosauromorpha Archosauriformes Archosaur Avemetatarsalia Dinosauromorpha Dinosaur Ornithischia Genasauria Neornithischia Cerapoda Marginocephalia Ceratopsia Ceratopsidae Chasmosaurinae Triceratopsini Triceratops horridus
        and compare it to homosexual sapiens. You can track the exact moment our lineages diverged. You can also do this with fungi, and plants, and bacteria, and everything else. It's a map of the descent of all living things, period. It's very useful.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      just imagine the mess it would become after we find life in a dozen different planets at least

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Well to be fair it wouldn't leak into any of our other naming conventions, they'd be entirely separate branches so it really might not be that bad. You'd probably have lucan biologists and mucan, pucan, bucan, tucan, zucan, etc biologists all specializing into one particular branch and not really being bothered with the other branches except for comparisons and collaborations to discuss findings.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If there are alien animals, wouldn't there also be alien bacteria and plants? Could a planet have animals without plants?
    But there are probably no aliums that are alliums

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    xenos lifeforms are the domain of /k/. I give it a 50/50 chance whether they try to slaughter or seduce them.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      No you are thinking of /x/, but /k/ will frick anything you put in front of them

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        This is a good thing right

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yes.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Motherfricker gets harrased by a sponge and sea star

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i think it would depend, its name should start with something like exo-. if there's an extraterrestrial insect I think its class would be something like "exo-insecto" (latin ofc)

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    When we actually find some, we can get right on that issue

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Even if we find carbon-based alien life that operates similarly to our own functions I think we would still create new separate categories since it has no connection to life on Earth. But it would probably be named something like Exoanimalia.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This. If we find life we will likely be unaware of it or unable to fully comprehend it.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Sexoanimalia

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        kys

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Ayynimals

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