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Homo Arcticus

Homo Arcticus is a rare subspecies of Homo Sapiens. The first documented sighting was in 2015, at Jökulsárlón, Iceland. More recently, larger groups have been spotted in the south of Poland. 

This species has a proclivity for extreme weather, and their interactions with cold water and snow appear to invigorate their body and spirit.

Conservation Status

Conservation status of Homo Arcticus

Homo Arcticus is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, as the total effective population is estimated at fewer than 400 mature individuals (although their numbers are increasing).

Distribution & Habitat

Homo Arcticus habitat

Native to the Polish tundra, Arcticans inhabit alpine and subalpine zones at elevations of 3,000–4,500 m (9,800–14,800 ft). Their current range is confined to a small portion of the Karkonosze mountains, near the south-western border of Poland.


Previously thought to be solitary, Arcticans appear to be highly social, and live in groups that range in size from 25 to 35 members. They thrive in harsh conditions, and have been observed to deliberately seek out blizzards. More generally they prefer stillwater sub-zero pools, and can remain there for periods of over 10 minutes.

Homo Arcticus is more robust than its parent species, and shows several adaptations for living in cold, mountainous environments. They have overdeveloped oral and nasal passages, which allows for increased volume of air inhaled with each breath. They also possess a relatively large amount of brown adipose tissue, which offers highly effective thermoregulation.

They are generally much healthier than their Sapiens counterpart. Although no official statistics are available, anecdotal evidence indicates lower numbers of disease across the board, and especially for auto-immune conditions.

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Archive footage of Homo Arcticus