August 04, 2011
I just learned about a web comic called "Outsider". It is really good!
The downside is... he averages 9-10 pages a year. This year is shaping up to be the best yet--we might get a dozen or more.
Posted by: BigD at August 04, 2011 01:48 PM (1VXek)
Posted by: Douglas Oosting at August 04, 2011 01:48 PM (sdWdc)
Posted by: CatCube at August 04, 2011 03:14 PM (20436)
I like the art, and the Loroi characters have distinct personalities.
Here's hoping the release schedule picks up.
Posted by: refugee at August 04, 2011 06:23 PM (auErC)
Is there a terrestrial equivalent?
In fact, sex determination happens in all kinds of ways.
Most plants are bisexual, producing both eggs and sperm (aka "pollen"). Some are not (e.g. marijuana) but the seeds have the potential to become either male or female plants. In the case of marijuana, when conditions are right you can get as much as 90% female plants.
In colonial insects (bees, ants, termites), sex is a function of chromosome count. Females are diploid, and males are haploid. Males only get created in mating season, and then only in small numbers.
There's a kind of shellfish where young adults are all male. After they age a bit more (and grow considerably larger), they convert to female.
In birds it's controlled by chromosomes, just as it is in mammals. But it isn't precisely the same. The sex determination chromosomes are known as W and Z. Males are ZZ; females are ZW.
Now this has an interesting consequence. If you keep a lot of chickens without any roosters around, occasionally one of the hens will convert to a rooster even though it's still ZW. It isn't as fertile as a real rooster would be (because one quarter of its offspring will be nonviable WW, equivalent to YY in mammals) but it's enough to keep the species going in cases where by mischance all the roosters get killed off.
(And, I think, it's the basis for the cockatrice legend, which says that a cockatrice comes from an egg laid by a rooster.)
In a lot of these cases, the sex ratio isn't 1:1. In some cases (e.g. termites) it isn't even close; probably more like 1000:1 over the life of the nest.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 04, 2011 07:08 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 04, 2011 07:14 PM (+rSRq)
I also just discovered the Insider pages, with all sorts of explanatory material, including this on Loroi biology and society. I think most of my questions are addressed here.
Posted by: refugee at August 04, 2011 07:19 PM (auErC)
Posted by: metaphysician at August 04, 2011 07:25 PM (hD30M)
I imagine that is why they have their chromosomes "backwards" versus mammals: if the females were WW, they couldn't produce a Z chromosome from nowhere.
It's doubtful there's any reason behind it. It's just the way it worked out. Seems as if the dinosaur/bird line developed sexual differentiation independently from our ancestors, way back there somewhere.
And it isn't really that big an advantage. Mammals have done just fine without that ability.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 04, 2011 07:39 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 05, 2011 03:57 PM (9KseV)
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Posted by: ubu at August 09, 2011 05:02 PM (GfCSm)
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Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
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