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Humans

Basic Information

Anatomy

Humans are a bipedal mammalian species. They have very little visible hair on their bodies, save for on their heads, underarms, genitalia, and legs. They have four fingers and a thumb on each hand and five toes on their feet.

Growth Rate & Stages

At some point in adolescence, humans go through a process known as “puberty”. This process is common to many species, and is the stage of life when children begin to take on adult characteristics. Humans usually begin puberty between the ages of nine and ten (females) or twelve and thirteen (males). However, puberty can theoretically start at any age between eight and seventeen years of age.   Common to all genders during puberty are increased hair growth on the body, weight gain, and increased body odor. Male voices will grow significantly deeper, and females will develop their mammary glands and begin their menstruation cycle (note: unlike most mammals, human mammaries remain swelled to varying degrees even when not nursing. This necessitates undergarments known as “bras” for most human women.).

Menstruation

Most mammalian females go through a reproductive cycle known as an estrous cycle, where are uterine lining forms to hold an expected fetus. In an estrous cycle, the lining is reabsorbed into the body if conception does not occur.   A menstruation cycle (also called a “period” by some humans) is different in several ways. The most noticeable difference is that human females shed their lining instead of reabsorbing it. The blood from the shedding comes out of the female’s body, so human females must wear cotton pads or other sanitary devices to prevent leakage and staining.   The length of the cycle can vary considerably, from two to eight days. The cycle tends to repeat every four weeks on average. Symptoms from cycles can vary as well, from acne to mood swings to cramps of various pain levels.   The only other known species that has a menstrual cycle is the Scyll .

Dietary Needs and Habits

Humans are an omnivorous species, and as such can survive on a wide range of organic foods. While their exact diet depends on culture and preference, most humans eat large amounts of grains as well as milk. Humans are a rare exception among mammals in that they can be lactose tolerant, and can consume milk that is meant for different species (a trait only shared by two other known species: lejon and lucians ). Humans will also consume and even enjoy compounds that are poisonous to many other species on their planet, including capsaicin.

Additional Information

Geographic Origin and Distribution

Despite the temperature and ecologic variants of their home planet, humans have colonized almost every continent on it save for one, the southernmost and coldest. This may be due to the fact that humans have an incredibly varied diet, as well as the ability to perspire.

Civilization and Culture

Interspecies Relations and Assumptions

Humans are the newest species to join the galactic community, but have already shown much initiative in exploring the galaxy and participating in the Interplanetary Initiation Program.   Most humans in the intergalactic community are part of engineering or scientific fields, but there have also been many humans working in the inter-species nurseries. Humans have explained that their conditions for recognizing a being as childlike ("cute") are very wide, and so it is easier for most of them to bond with the young of other species.
Lifespan
85 years
Average Height
5'8" (male), 5'4" (female)
Average Weight
136 lbs.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Skin:
Various shades of brown, red, and pink. [note: the coloration of human skin is more or less consistent except in rare cases, which is known as vitiligo (link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitiligo)]
Eyes:
  • Brown
  • Blue
  • Hazel (a green/brown mix)
  • Amber
  • Green(rare)
  • Gray(rare)
  • Red/Purple(Albino, very rare)
  • Hair:
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Auburn (a brown/red mix)
  • Blonde
  • Red (rare)
  • White/Grey (elderly) 
  • Blood Color
    Red

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