# Nature

**Nature** is a concept created by Jonathan Bowers to differentiate polytopes that have co-spatial elements. An *n*-polytope's nature is either **tame**, **feral**, or **wild**, depending on two properties:

- There are three or more
*d*-elements that share both a (*d*+1)-space and a (*d*-1)-element for some*d* - Those
*d*-elements also share a (*d*+1)-element

The category can be determined from looking at the *(d-3) element figures* of a d-dimensional polytope.

For instance, a feral polyhedron will have at least three coplanar edges meeting at at least one of its vertices, but no face coplanar to said edges. A polyhedron with at least one feral face is automatically feral (or wild), as d could be the rank of any of its elements, not just the rank one less than its own.

## Tame[edit | edit source]

A polytope is said to be tame if it satisfies neither of the two properties. For example, a polyhedron where no three edges are in the same plane and meet at a vertex. A tame polyhedron will have no vertex figures with 3 collinear points. All convex polytopes are tame, and every uniform polyhedron is tame.

## Feral[edit | edit source]

A polytope is said to be feral if it satisfies the first case, but not the second. In other words, there are coplanar elements, but they have no (d+1) elements between them. For example, a feral polyhedron has vertex figures with three collinear points, but there is no actual line there.

## Wild[edit | edit source]

Any polytope that satisfies both properties is said to be wild. For example, a polyhedron with three coplanar edges meeting at a vertex, with two of them belonging to the same face. Wild polyhedra have vertex figures with three collinear points and an edge connecting two of them.

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