I go for an entire day and this thread generates three pages. Yay!
As for the animals v/s Pokémon thing, count me on the "there are non-Pokémon animals in the Pokémon world" team, if only because it wouldn't make sense otherwise that humans are the only non-Pokémon lifeform in the world
(that assuming there happen to be plankton-equivalent Pokémon lifeforms, for example), and we do know that at least
four Pokémon species do come from, or otherwise explore, the sidereal space. Besides, as far as fanon
goes, I go with the Generation Ship
approach because of the Technology Levels
displayed across games and anime.
Perhaps more directly into our purview, if there no Earth-like lifeforms except humans in the Pokémon world and
we are still humans are somehow not knowledgeable on (our) Earth, then we can't reasonably do such simmple things as eg.: using animal- or plant-based roots in the Latin names, and that's only the beginning.
I wanted to discuss more things, but the Steelix thing with fire was already solved, I am still trying to figure out Lati invisibility, I haven't touched the Hoothoot article again, and Tangent and Blissey have helped me lots with my Ninetales problem. Lemme enjoy some gentleman's tea before coming back to this thread.