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Old May 26 2013, 08:03 PM   #24
horatio83
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Re: Romulan origin question

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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.
Romulans aren't a separate species. Their differences with the Vulcans are mainly cultural.

Surak lived in the 4th Century and the Vulcans seem to have been a space faring, advanced culture at that time. Though the wars of that period probably caused a "Dark Age" where much advancement was lost and many things had to be rediscovered afterwards. My assumption is that contact with most of Vulcan's colonies was lost at this time and those worlds evolved into different cultures.
Saying this though, the Romulans certainly had different physiology to Vulcans. In TNG Episode 'the enemy', Crusher tried to use methods used to treat Vulcans on a Romulan with no effect. And in TOS they were able to distinguish Spock's life signs from the Romulans.
Indeed and at least some of the Romulans do look slightly different than Vulcans.
If you leave a planet during a horrible nuclear war with ships that probably cannot make more than Warp 1 or 2 it is not unlikely that you mate with other species before you find your new home on Romulus. After they founded their empire it could also have happened although the Romulan dogma of unlimited expansion could make them speciesists (even more speciesist than Vulcans) who do not wanna interbreed with the species they subjugate. Whatever you assume, a lot of stuff can happen during two millenia.
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