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  • you know its occured to me that a wouldn't a nation of carnivores eventually overtime evolve and develop purly sharp teeth instead of flat ones ?

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    • Evolution takes place across extreme spans of time and requires a trait to be infulenced through natural or artificial selection over the span of generations. I can't think of any evidence that suggests the Bosmer practice eugenics like their Altmer cousins, so it's unlikely that Bosmer teeth have any reason to change shape.

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    • 208.89.179.199 wrote:
      Evolution takes place across extreme spans of time and requires a trait to be infulenced through natural or artificial selection over the span of generations. I can't think of any evidence that suggests the Bosmer practice eugenics like their Altmer cousins, so it's unlikely that Bosmer teeth have any reason to change shape.

      Well, it depends on how long it's been since they became purely carnivorous. Many generations down the road would certainly see them adapt teeth more adapted to that diet than the standard humanoid omnivore set. Having an entirely carnivorous diet would certainly be evolutionary pressure. Though considering their lifespans & the amount of time spanned by the TES games thus far, there's no reason to for them to have naturally sharp teeth *at this point.* Whether some would file their teeth as a matter of practicality, however, could be a question for debate.

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    • Also, evolution takes place across many *generations,* which usually happens to mean extreme spans of time. (Moreso in long-lived species such as Mer, I would think.) However, evolution in, say, bacteria can happen in a few years or even months due to their rapid genesis.

      Still doesn't apply to Bosmer, of course.

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    • It has only been about 47,000 years since the beginning of the first era, which was when the green pact was formed, plus with the average lifespan of Bosmer being 2 to 3 times longer than the human races, that doesn’t leave very much time for the species to evolve

      So no probably no sharp teeth

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    • If I recall correctly bosmer make up two thirds of the mer population, which means there are likely quite a few generations. Also looking at the sheer amount of different races of mer, it is quite possible that mer evolve/mutate at a faster rate than beast and men races. This might be due to their strong connection to magicia.

      If we take a look at maormer, which can breathe underwater [I'm pretty sure] as well as the multitude of other things that are wildly different from aldmer, which they descended form. I've seen it said that this might be from a curse like with the dunmer but that is only speculation. What I'm trying to say is that for something of such a dramatic change to occur, I don't see it as improbable at all for a race of mer that is purely carnivorous to not evolve sharper teeth.

      (I don't have much information on maormer so this is a bit of a shot in the dark but please bear with me, if anyone has more info please add, I could find close to nothing on them)

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    • Yes, but if they have sharp teeth, they're practically werewolves or vampires. But if they got nice dull incisors and bicuspids... they can chew on you! Much more realistic. Especially when dinner is still thrashing and screaming on the family's dining room table.

      Who wants seconds? I recommend the ribs, they're perfectly age ;-)

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    • i want seconds, but i prefer the sirlion

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