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Posted: 27 September 2011 06:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 61 ]
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Sharks and alligators “not at their peak performance”??  Both have been around in their present form (or nearly so) for millions of years.  I’d call that peak performance, or at least enviable adaptation.  How long have us homosapiens been around?

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Posted: 08 December 2011 10:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 62 ]
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NOVA on PBS has some good Darwin shows, one comming up soon.

NOVA: Darwin’s Darkest Hour

Upcoming NOVA: What Darwin Never Knew

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Posted: 18 March 2012 03:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 63 ]
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Did not want to start a new thread but this one merits refreshing IMO.

New information just discovered:
http://news.yahoo.com/earliest-pregnant-reptile-pushes-back-fossil-record-live-134606717.html
and:
http://www.livescience.com/5766-flying-reptile-snatched-dinosaurs-midair.html
and :
http://news.yahoo.com/caught-act-ancient-armored-fish-downs-flying-reptile-180603487.html

and news from Hubble:
http://news.yahoo.com/rainbow-star-cluster-sparkles-stunning-hubble-photo-162603784.html
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/586905/?sc=rssn

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Posted: 28 May 2012 03:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 64 ]
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Oceanic microbes produce 50% of the earth’s oxygen!!

http://www.ted.com/talks/melissa_garren_the_sea_we_ve_hardly_seen.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2012-05-22&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email

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Posted: 10 June 2012 01:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 65 ]
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fitriyah - 09 June 2012 11:03 PM

Maybe its not a religious thing for me so much as it is I’d prefer to not think that we used to be damn apes. Why are there still apes if thats true? Why are there no half ape/human remains?


First, no one ever claimed that we evolved from a specific ape species. We have a common ancestor and there are many fossils.
Human evolution generally refers to the evolutionary history of primates and in particular the genus Homo, including the emergence of Homo sapiens as a distinct species of hominids (“great apes”).

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=hominids+evolution&id=F23B4CBC78F45EBD53CBE7400319E23829814BD4&FORM=IQFRBA#x0y0

http://becominghuman.org/node/interactive-documentary

How in the heck did a 6 ton, flesh eating, roaring dinosaur turn into a 8 ounce, singing, happy, vegetarian bird? Or is there all this pent up rage and desire to hunt in the birds I have in the next room??

In those days there were 6 ton and also much smaller dinosaurs. The 6 ton dinosuars most likely died from a terrible calamity, but the smaller dinos survived, some which evolved into birds.
You feed those birds of yours a few grubs or worms and see how carnivorous birds are. I used to run 100 chickens and when we had swarms of carpenter ants you could clearly see their hunting skills. They probably saved our cabin from being destroyed by these wood eating ants.

Why haven’t sharks or alligators evolved? Surely they aren’t at the peak of their performance, I see plenty of room for improvement in their cases. People cry evolution but when you ask them to explain cases like birds and sharks and countless other species they reply, well they don’t need to.


Sharks are an ancient species that are perfectly adapted to their environment, the ocean.

Evolution of a Super Predator. Sharks are one of evolution’s most enduring success stories.
http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/evolution/evol_s_predator.htm

The crocodile is the only archosaur that survived the still unknown factors that wiped out most of the reptile class at the end of the Mesozoic period. Crocodile Evolution: One Of The Most Ancient Animal Groups
http://www.all-about-reptiles.com/evolution-of-crocodiles.html

Oh, alright then Mr/Mrs Scientist that explains it perfectly, they were asked but they didn’t feel like it.

Seems I have seen this post before, perhaps on another forum. The phrase “damn apes” rings a bell. You were already asked why you would be so presumptuous to use that phrase. All species of apes are a marvel of evolution.

edit: Yes you have asked here before under the name “awisemanoncesaid” (post#12), but apparently not learned nor researched anything on your own. Your questions are those of a 10year old and perhaps you are. But you can read and I have provided links. Now make an effort to learn something from Mr/Mrs Scientist. Or are you just a troll?

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Posted: 10 June 2012 04:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 66 ]
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Thanks for the replies, Write, but fitriyah was a spammer. Typical, sneaky spammer technique: copy an earlier post from the thread, which almost guarantees it will be taken seriously. (If everyone has forgotten it—you didn’t).

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Posted: 10 June 2012 06:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 67 ]
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dougsmith - 10 June 2012 04:26 AM

Thanks for the replies, Write, but fitriyah was a spammer. Typical, sneaky spammer technique: copy an earlier post from the thread, which almost guarantees it will be taken seriously. (If everyone has forgotten it—you didn’t).

Well, I would call this an example of a spammer being used for good results.

That’s some cool information (links) posted up there.  Thanks all.

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Posted: 06 July 2012 10:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 68 ]
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Bacteria evolve fast.  Jeff Barrick and Richard Lenski found that evolutionary flexibility can be better than being evolutionarily fit for survivability by using frozen bacteria to play, and re-play evolution over and over again selecting the traits that would explore the survival of the traits.  They were interviewed for Science podcast: March 18, 2011.

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Posted: 12 July 2012 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 69 ]
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If I were God, and I created all life on earth, I’d provide them with the ability to evolve so that in case of a cataclysmic geological event, like climate change or giant meteor impact, they’d survive instead of seeing all my work go down the drain.  However, I’d kill off the dinosaurs because T-Rex would have eaten Adam and Eve.

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Posted: 13 July 2012 07:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 70 ]
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I’d have kept all the dinosaurs so humans could ride them around and use them in the world’s most awesome rodeos.

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Posted: 12 November 2012 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 71 ]
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OK, new wrinkle in evolutionary theory?

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Extended_evolutionary_synthesis

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Posted: 12 November 2012 01:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 72 ]
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Write4U - 12 November 2012 12:17 PM

OK, new wrinkle in evolutionary theory?

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Extended_evolutionary_synthesis

I think it’s safe to ignore anything that has the names Pigliucci and Gould attached to it.

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Posted: 12 November 2012 08:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 73 ]
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George - 12 November 2012 01:25 PM
Write4U - 12 November 2012 12:17 PM

OK, new wrinkle in evolutionary theory?

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Extended_evolutionary_synthesis

I think it’s safe to ignore anything that has the names Pigliucci and Gould attached to it.

How about George?

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Posted: 13 November 2012 12:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 74 ]
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Hey, Lois, at least you could have put a LOL  after that.  LOL

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Posted: 13 November 2012 01:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 75 ]
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Neah, he is right. Everybody who cares about this subject better researches it on his own to form his opinion. Plus, it takes a lot more to get me going than Lois’s comment.  wink

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