Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    843
    Thanks
    9
    Thanked 225 Times in 153 Posts

    creatures with a lifespan of a year

    I was re-reading a short story by Poe called "The Island of the Fay," a race he describes as living only for a year, and it caused me to wonder what such a race of creatures would be like.

    The Fay in Poe's story are small Fairie-like creatures that live deep in the forest. I'm not interested in visualizing the Fay themselves, exactly; but rather, what would be the condition of any creature that only lived for a year's time. I thought I might look at the lifespan of other real creatures as an example. Most fish, for example, live at least 5 years or more. Insects, on the other hand, I doubt live even as long as a year. Spiders? Birds? I would think they would be small and frail.

    Anyway, I can't imagine this race being intelligent, or even industrious, as it would take too much time to be that way, and time would be a precious thing to them.

    Any thoughts on what such a race would be like?

    -David


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    165
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Well, if you're going to go at this from a scientific perspective, you'd have to consider many other things. How do they reproduce? If sexually, how often? How many children are in a litter? How long does it take for one of them to mature fully? If they're like humans, at what age do they learn to speak? At what age are they sexually viable? At what age do they typically begin to work? Are they hunter/gatherers, do they have agriculture?

    In short, it can get very complicated very fast. Frankly I'd rather just admire Poe's story as just that, a wonderful story, than analyze it to death. :smirk:

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Redmond, WA
    Posts
    971
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12 Times in 9 Posts

    Lifespan-Heartbeat ratio

    I heard something in a science class that I'm taking that might explain a little bit about that. The reason that many smaller mammals (and I don't know about the heartrate of insects or other non-mammals) have a much shorter lifespan is because of their size, and the fact that their heart beats much faster. There are roughly 3 billion beats in the mammal heart, at least according to my professor, so likely for something to have such a short life, it would have to be quite small, and thus their brains would also be smaller. A race of tiny beings would most likely be quite stupid.

    Just a thought!

    -Sapph

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    la-la land
    Posts
    35
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Is it true that Mayflies only have the life span of a day? That would suck. All you do is screw some other Mayfly and thats like your purpose in life.
    "BANG! You're dead Max Payne."

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    843
    Thanks
    9
    Thanked 225 Times in 153 Posts
    Interesting points, Sapphire. However, some small creatures are quite smart, or well, clever. Squirrels, for instance. They'll probably not sit dowm and do mathematics, or such. And some large creatures have small brains, as well, not to name names .

    -David

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Somewhere in Minnesota.
    Posts
    401
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    as time is a man-made concept...i would imagine the perception of passing time is relative to your race's natural lifespan. i.e. a day to a mayfly passes as slowly as 80 years to a human. just a thought.
    My Sketchbook

    check out the website:

    ten30one studios

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Redmond, WA
    Posts
    971
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12 Times in 9 Posts
    There are of course large animals with teeny brains (look at Stegosaurus... brain barely the size of a walnut!), but if there was an animal that was to be very small, there would be limited room for a brain in there. However, yes, squirrels and other small creatures, like rats and birds, can be quite intelligent. But I don't know about the limits of intelligence in relation to brain size, and I imagine a creature would be pretty wee if it's lifespan was only a year, unless it was that short because their lives were extremely full of risks.

    Good points!

    -Sapph

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Richmond, VA...USA
    Posts
    61
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Ants...
    ...pants fulla justice...

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    England
    Posts
    8
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Originally posted by dbclemons
    Interesting points, Sapphire. However, some small creatures are quite smart, or well, clever. Squirrels, for instance. They'll probably not sit dowm and do mathematics, or such. And some large creatures have small brains, as well, not to name names .

    -David
    Heh, I agree. Maybe time would seem to pass really slowly for a tortoise.:cool:

Similar Threads

  1. Art: ****BAGDAD***2501 year***Happy new year!
    By Sakura in forum Finished Art
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: February 6th, 2011, 09:07 AM
  2. Replies: 24
    Last Post: January 19th, 2011, 09:35 PM
  3. Replies: 7
    Last Post: February 18th, 2006, 04:03 AM
  4. Unfair Bosses Shorten Lifespan.
    By darth massacre in forum Artist Lounge
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: October 25th, 2005, 03:34 AM
  5. Replies: 8
    Last Post: September 23rd, 2005, 08:46 AM

Members who have read this thread: 0

There are no members to list at the moment.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Designed by The Coldest Water, we build the coldest best water bottles, ice packs and best pillows.