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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Evolution Hard At Work

A duck named Stumpy was born in the UK with 4 legs. A cat named Extra was born in Australia with 26 toes (instead of the usual 20). Extra climbs faster and more efficiently than other cats and is also a better scratcher. Stumpy is going to be a TV star and therefore, won't be eaten. I don't know about you, but this smells like evolution to me. Pat Robertson is quickly coming up with a bible quote predicting the appearance of a 26-toed cat and a 4-legged duck at the end of the world while Al Gore is combing the scientific research to prove the abnormalities are caused by global warming. Too bad they are both wrong, it is simply Mother Nature, making ducks and cats better than they were before.

Now, I'm no evolutionary biologist, but these new developments have convinced me that if I have a kid, it will be born with wings and enormous talons. These attributes will enable my child to get me beers and probably write this blog. Just a heads up on some exciting things to come here at the GTB!

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Blogger Courtney said...

A two-faced calf was born out here in backwoods Virginia. It had three jaws and multiple tongues. It died. I guess we aren't supposed to have extra jaws. But you never hit the ball if you don't swing the bat. Keep trying.

9:48 AM

Anonymous Dr. Bombay said...

While all of you see evolution, it is just as easy to see the mischievous hand of the Almighty. Polydactyl cats are far less interesting than mammals that lay eggs (see: Duckbill Platypus), so maybe God just has a sense of humor?

12:17 PM

Anonymous Jono said...

Allow me to literally "drop some science." Or, maybe ground dwelling animals that lay vulnerable eggs have a life history which can only succeed if they're geographically isolated on a continent that lacks significant numbers of mammalian predators?

Potato / Po-tah-to.

12:57 PM

Blogger scooterlulu said...

I don't know what any of this discussion has to do with my winged baby getting me beers. I'm just sayin' -Lulu

1:48 PM

Anonymous thetumtumtree said...

Not to mention the bill is great for foraging in river beds.

3:14 PM

Blogger Daisy Hardbottle said...

"Until comparatively recent times, the births of deformed creatures- human or animals- were considered portentous: such births represented either diving comments on contemporary conditions or divine revelations of the future. Such ideas date back at least to Babylonian-Assyrian times cuneiform tablets of 2000 B.C. The Babylonians developed an extensive science of monster interpretation based on emblematic symbolism: 'If a woman gives birth to twins united at the sides, the land ruled by one will be controlled by two' and so on." Norman Smith, Portent Lore and Medieval Popular Culture

4:35 PM


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