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What IS an Omniderm?

Fur, Feathers, & Scales - Oh my!

Whether you're a long time follower or just stepping in, sooner or later the question will probably come up: what is an omniderm, anyway?

To put it simply, Omnidermia is a class in the Animal Kingdom unique to SJORIA. Early Münshir settlers spoke a combination of English and New Latin. They had quite a few biologists, geologists, and other scientists among them. Soon after discovering the new flora and fauna that SJORIA had to offer, it was decided that each of the creatures ought to be named and taxonimized. But they encountered a problem. Certain Sjorian creatures did not fit the stipulations of current animal classes.

These guys were Amniotes, but further than that, they just didn't fit.

Like a mammal, these creatures were warm blooded and gave their young milk. Some of them have live births. But they don't grow hair. No, instead they grow a sort of feather. But their feather structures were actually sort of different than any avian species. And, even if most of them lay eggs, they still have teeth. Only one of these creatures to date has been recorded as possessing a beak. They had scaly skins, most of them, but already could not be classified as reptiles.

And thus, the classification Omnidermia was born. Translated literally, it means "Multiple Skin" or "All Skin". Omniderms, while as varied as any mammalian or avian species, do have certain features that link them all together.

1. Six Limbs. All omniderms discovered to date have front limbs, back limbs, and a pair of appendages adapted to flying or gliding.

2. Warm Blooded.

3. Scaly skin.

4. Specialized Feathers.

5. Lay Eggs. (There is one notable exception to this rule.)

Omniderms also feature a unique skeletal system. The skeleton of an omniderm is light-weight, very resilient, and uniquely developed for maximum shock absorbency, making it possible for some members of the integrally flying omniderm class to reach rather surprising sizes indeed.

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