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Taurs, also known as Quads, is a furspeech word for the mainstream term centaur (Ancient Greek Κένταυροι – "Kéntauroi"), which refers to any creature with an anthro/furry humanoid upper body with a non-anthropomorphic animal body, in the same style as the centaur's human and horse body structure.
Taurs in mainstream
In addition to the classical centaurs found in Greek and Roman mythology, one finds many instances of taurs in fantasy and science fiction literature such as:
- Poul Anderson's David Falkayne stories of the Polesotechnic League features Wodenites, which are saurian-based quadrupeds with upright torsos. He also created the sapient life-form of Ishtar, depicted in Fire Time, as a vaguely felinoid race.
- Jack L. Chalker wrote a long series of stories called Well World featuring centaurs called Dillians.
- Thomas Burnett Swan's Day of the Minotaur.
- A race of Cat-centaurs appear in Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series.
- In Iain M. Banks's Look to Windward, some of the main characters are Chelgrian, a race of cougartaur-like creatures. Evolution has caused the Chelgrian middle pair of digits to have fused into a single wide digit.
- Book four of Tanya Huff's Valor Confederation series includes a quadruped alien species called the Polina, with upright torsos whose lower halves are similar to large cats.
Taurs in furry
There are many taur species in the furry fandom, many of which are single instances such as a cervitaur (a cervine or deer-like taur). Other variants comprise well-known species group such as:
Most taur forms walk on four legs (quadrupeds), but some have more, such as hextaurs, a taur with six legs. They may have three pairs of legs on one lower feral torso, or across it and the humanoid one (they may be also considered multifurry).
- Taur art depository on the Chakona Visions' website
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