Michael Nordine. The creature itself is constantly changing, as are those unfortunate enough to encounter it. Giger and Ridley Scott first introduced us to it. Our first exposure to the otherworldly creature known among fans as the xenomorph remains the most quietly unsettling.
‘Alien’ Evolution: Explore Every Stage in the Xenomorph’s Gruesome Life Cycle
Alien (creature in Alien franchise) - Wikipedia
One of the deadliest of all known alien species, these creatures require a host organism in order to reproduce. The appearance of the Xenomorph can vary depending on the host in which the embryo is implanted. The Queen of this species is generally twice as large although some Queens have been shown to grow even larger, some surpassing 30 meters in height if given time and possesses superior speed, strength and intelligence compared to her common offspring. The physical form of a Xenomorph can vary widely depending on its life stage, hive, caste, age, and host. Its ability to incorporate genetic material from its host, coupled with the existence of numerous mutations and deviations which have originated naturally or artificially; makes the Xenomorph one of the most phenotypically diverse organisms in the galaxy. A typical Xenomorph begins its life cycle as an egg-like creature known as an ovomorph or simply egg which, when detecting the presence of a potential host, opens up to release the second stage: a small arachnid-like life form named the facehugger which launches itself onto the host's face and impregnates it with an endoparasitoid larva. This parasite then consumes parts of the host from within and violently emerges from the host's chest cavity as a worm-like creature grotesquely christened as the chestburster , which will quickly scurry away to find a safe place where it can molt and complete its metamorphosis into an adult Xenomorph, which happens, surprisingly enough, over the course of mere hours.
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