Second Life Encyclopedia of Avatar Species

Welcome to my new project: Second Life Encyclopedia of Avatar Species.

Launched on 2008-08-22, the purpose of The Second Life Encyclopedia of Avatar Species is to create and explore the Second Life Taxonomy of Avatars, to explore potential and plausible lines of evolution, and to deliniate just what makes a species who and what they are. We will also attempt to understand just how such mixes are possible, and what the trace the origins of the various species. We will, as a useful tool attempt to use Linnaean taxonomy to the best of our efforts

Example classification: humans

As an example, consider the Linnaean classification for modern humans:

  • Domain: Eukarya (organisms which have cells with a nucleus)
  • Kingdom: Animalia (with eukaryotic cells having cell membrane but lacking cell wall, multicellular, heterotrophic)
  • Phylum: Chordata (animals with a notochord, dorsal nerve cord, and pharyngeal gill slits, which may be vestigial)
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata (possessing a backbone, which may be cartilaginous, to protect the dorsal nerve cord)
  • Class: Mammalia (endothermic vertebrates with hair and mammary glands which, in females, secrete milk to nourish young)
  • Cohort: Placentalia (giving birth to live young after a full internal gestation period)
  • Order: Primates (collar bone, eyes face forward, grasping hands with fingers)
  • Suborder: Anthropoidea (the monkeys, apes, and hominids. As opposed to the lemurs, loris, and tarsier.)
  • Infraorder: Catarrhini (Monkeys, apes, and hominids from the eastern hemisphere)
  • Superfamily: Hominoidae (Humans and great apes.)
  • Family: Hominidae (upright posture, large brain, stereoscopic vision, flat face, hands and feet have different specializations)
  • Genus: Homo (s-curved spine, “man”)
  • Species: Homo sapiens (high forehead, well-developed chin, gracile bone structure)

Note: This is a work in progress! In simple english, it means “I’ll attend to it to the best of my abilities as time permits. It’s not complete, or specific.” :)

Please see the categories in the nav suite for an outline.

You are encouraged to participate and submit your new species by leaving a comment, and I will update it once per week, most likely over the weekend as time permits