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Old May 26 2013, 09:50 AM   #18
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Re: Romulan origin question

Third Nacelle wrote: View Post
It makes me wonder exactly how long Vulcans have been a spacefareing species, if an offshoot of them on another planet had time to develop into another species. They should be all over the galaxy by now.
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Third Nacelle wrote: View Post
It makes me wonder exactly how long Vulcans have been a spacefareing species, if an offshoot of them on another planet had time to develop into another species. They should be all over the galaxy by now.
but a technology could in theroy be lost/rejected etc.. Only to be re-discovered.
This!


It is possible that Vulcans were spacefaring prior to the ancestors of the Romulans leaving, then when Vulcan had their "world war" that devastated Vulcan, they entered a "dark age" of sorts, and maybe either stopped deep space exploration or even regressed to a pre-warp society for a while, as Vulcan rebuilt itself and under Surak's example.

JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
It's never stated outright how long ago Vulcans diverged genetically from Romulans.

It's interesting to say they are the same species. Technically most of the races in the galaxy are the same species, because the scientific definition of a species is a group of organisms who can produce fertile offspring. So by the scientific definition, humans and klingons are the same species, as are most of the humanoid races in the galaxy.

Vulcans and Romulans probably diverged more recently than some races of humans on earth, say a few thousand years ago, so they probably are the same species even though they're always referred to as different species.

And I suppose if Simon Tarses could fool all the blood tests, that confirms that they are biologically indistinguishable.
Well it is hard to say, as Vulcanoids could possibly evolve a lot faster than humans do, so it could only take a couple thousand years for enough differences appear to make Vulcans and Romulans technically two distinct races.

Also, as the Vulcan Ancestors who became Romulans traveled from Vulcan, but before arriving on Romulus, it is possible that some, while along the way, grew tired of traveling and set down roots on other planets. The Debrune could be an example of this. Maybe the Mintakans are another example?

Another thought is what if in order to survive, the ancestors of the Romulans intermingled with other humanoid or vulcanoid races along the way to Romulus or even Romulus itself, and are technically a hybrid species, with mostly Vulcan DNA?
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