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by The Democratic Socialist States of Lesser Yu. . 32 reads.


Altumans (Homo profundis) are the second most abundant and widespread Genus in Lesser Yu, characterized by bipedalism, amphibious nature and large, complex brains. This has enabled the development of advanced tools and weaponry, varied culture, and language in concert with Humans (Homo Sapiens). Altumans exhibit a propensity for social behaviour and the formation of complex societal hierarchy and integration with other species, through these interactions and a capacity for higher thinking altumans have independently developed societal norms and expectations, values and spiritual rites. An inherent need for survival combined with an insatiable appetite for learning and curiosity has spurred the development of this species into philosophy, religion, science and academics etc.


Homo Profundis
(həʊməʊ prəˈfʊndiːs)




Chordata (Vertebrata)








H. Profundis

Anatomically modern altuman emerged around 400,000 years ago in the modern Oseyo and Jin regions and surrounding waters, evolving from Homo primumcaos and migrating out of Oseyo and Jin, spreading throughout the entirety of modern Lesser Yu and surrounding regions For most of history, all altuman were migratory hunter-gatherers. The Magna Intergrationem, which began in Lesser Yu around 22,000 years ago , saw permanent integration with human society and the beginning of true agriculture and settlement amongst the altuman. currently the altuman population makes up around 14% of the total Lesser Yuan population though it is estimated to be much higher due to interbreeding with Humans.

Genes and the environment influence altuman biological variation in visible characteristics, physiology, disease susceptibility, mental abilities, body size and life span. Altuman are very genetically diverse due to many factors this has resulted in those hailing from warmer oceans having the traits of Forage Fish while those who hailed from cold oceans had the traits of predators. Altuman females do not experience menopause, altuman exhibit very low signs of sexual dimorphism in comparison to human counterparts.

Altuman are omnivorous, capable of consuming a wide variety of plant and animal material, and have used fire and other forms of heat to prepare and cook food since the time of H. erectus. They can survive for up to six weeks without food, and two or three days without water. Most altuman are diurnal (though exceptions are recorded), sleeping on average seven to nine hours per day. Extended family dynamics are common and while the parents are often the primary guardians/caretakers grandparents, friends and family are very closely related to raising a child.

Altuman have a large and highly developed prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain associated with higher cognition. They are intelligent, capable of episodic memory, have flexible facial expressions, self-awareness and a theory of mind. The altuman mind is capable of imagination, private thought, volition, introspection and forming views on existence and purpose.

Anatomy & Physiology

It is estimated that the worldwide average height for an adult altuman male is about 167 cm (5 ft 6 in), while the worldwide average height for adult altuman females is about 171 cm (5 ft 7 in). Shrinkage of stature may begin in middle age in some individuals but tends to be typical in the extremely aged. The average mass of an adult human is 59 kg (130 lb) for females and 77 kg (170 lb) for males. Like many other conditions, body weight and body type are influenced by both genetic susceptibility and environment and varies greatly among individuals.

Altuman are amongst the best long distance swimmers due to an increased lung capacity, gills and fins.

History & Customs

The first altuman live predominantly in pods, Altuman are social mammals that interact with one another, swim together, protect each other, and hunt for food as a team. Pod life played an important part in protecting what was a family unit from hostilities and outside threats.

The altuman religous belief in the sea is believed to have been adopted by the suvannas as multiple excerpts venerate and speak about the sea with fondness and awe at the raw power of the sea.

Polygamous relationships were very common amongst the altuman for many reasons (necessity, societal expectations and predilection)

Same sex relationships were very common amongst the altuman due to majorly societal reasons which did not suppress nor shun homosexuality.


The division of humans into male and female gender roles has been attributed and outside influence from land dwelling early Humans, traditionally gender roles were much less distinct due to the ability of full blood altuman to change sex when matured.

As reproductive labour could be divided amongst the parents a strong distinction never developed amongst the Altuman

Notable (Semi) Altuman are Mira Mi-cha, Aera Sun-yeong, Nathan Auckloo

Mira Mi-cha is one of 1500 full blood Altuman still in Lesser Yu, samples from his dna have been invaluable for research on medicine and effects on Altuman.