Almea is a different planet, and of course its biology is different from Earth’s. The plants and animals don't even have DNA— their genetic basis is a somewhat different molecule.
There are close similarities, though, and I’ve used these to make rough equivalences. Rather than write that a cer sat by the fire roasting a potopec after feeding abrenna to his tipel, I’ll say that a man was roasting a rabbit after feeding his horse oats. Much easier to read, but misleading in many small ways. This section of Almeopedia tries to right the balance, describing Almean biology and explaining where it’s different from our own.
There are multiple intelligent species on Almea, which we may call the Thinking Kinds after Verdurian soî kestî lesünî. The uestî are very close to terrestrial humans. Here’s a gallery of the species now known to exist:
We can also focus on the agricultural areas of Almea— the twelve regions where a package of crops was developed to feed humans, elcari, and flaids, shown on the clickable map below. This doesn’t mean that that agriculture was invented twelve times; in some cases the idea definitely came from another area. But suitable crops for each area had to be found or bred, though in some cases mixing occurred later.
A few differences
Here are a few differences between Almean and terrestrial species; see the links for more.
- Humans aren’t the most advanced species, though they’re the most numerous. The iliu have been civilized for far longer— 40,000 years— and have a higher technology than we do.
- Almean humans have just four toes, no philtrum, and more susceptible to drought. On the other hand, they're hardier in damp and hot environments and can sense where things are in the dark.
- Almean horses have floppy ears, and the males are too fierce to ride.
- There are three types of insect that produce silk. The finest type is said to come from the silkfly, which ironically is a great pest as an adult.
- Almean corn is orange and contains clues to lost civilizations; its potatoes are purple; its oats require immersion to geminate; and its hemp contains no hallucinogens.