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Subject: Flying creatures size rss

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Ricardo Jorge
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According to the rules, a flying creature (SSS DNA) must be size 1. Isn't that counter-intuitive, when we take into account the existence of Argentavis and Quetzalcoatlus?
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Phil Eklund
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You are likely right Ricardo. However, mass estimates for Quetzalcoatlus are extremely speculative because no existing species share a similar size or body plan, and in consequence published results vary widely. I myself think this creature flew with a very light wing loading like a frigatebird and thus perhaps only had a mass of 70 kg. The largest extinct teratorn vultures also were perhaps 70 kg. Both of these would be barely size 2 in the game. All other flying creatures known, alive and extinct, are size 1 however. The heaviest flying creatures today are 18 kg bustards, which is at the low end of size one.

In the predecessor game American Megafauna, I allowed flying creatures up to size 2 (size 2 ranges from 50 to 200 kg or so in game scale). But in the redesign for Bios Megafauna, I limited flight to size one creatures with a triple "S" adaptation (instead of a "wings" adaptation). The reasons for the design change was to eliminate the too powerful wings adaptation and genotype cards, replaced by stringent flight conditions any player could achieve with long-range planning.
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