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Brilliantly done, Brian, and unexpected; you’ve been quiet for so long. And I’m amused by the *More is Silliverse* clip twixt post and comments. The pic EJ took of us on Yarmouth seafront. I look short, you look tall. 🙂
Thank you. It was spur of the moment stuff: something that came out of a friendly conversation earlier in the evening.
And at first I wondered just what you were talking about of the picture . . . And then the link came up for me as well. Aha! THAT post.
Yep, that post. Gosh, you look so tall, and I look so short.
And yet, I am not so tall, and I don’t recall getting a crick in my neck having to look down at you! We needed EJ in that picture, if she’d not been taking it. She IS short.
Yea, that’s true. Though she could have stood on the railings 🙂
It’s funny – but the last paragraph is also saddening, they do they after all that 95% of the species that used to live on Earth are extinct. Now big mammals like certain dolphins and the white rhino are gone, in addition to the CA flag animal, the golden bear…
It saddens to hear of every new extinction. That many are of obscure species makes no difference; they are all part of the biosphere, and the loss of another pathway makes life on this planet less robust.
I like to think along with the losses there are gains yet to be discovered. Every now and then you hear of new species. I guess the ones that come to mind though are associated with deep ocean vents previously unreachable by humans. Losses are saddening though for reasons both known and unknown. I was surprised to read in Audubon’s biography that the passenger pigeon went from great numbers to extinct rapidly not by slow decline. Kind of wierd. Once there were billions and considered a nuisance as they came in great waves and apparently decimated everything in their path. The biosphere is a sensitive organism and we to at least understand what we are doing.
Enjoyed the post. Somehow between Pterodactyls or the Dodo coming back, the former is the cooler yet I feel safer with the dodo. Right??? I think I’ve watched too many Jurassic Park movies!!
We do know there are many species we have not yet discovered, primarily deep underwater, in very remote land masses, or at the microscopic scale. Which of course means we don’t know what what we’re doing. A particular tragic example were the amphibians discovered in Central America several years back that were all extinct within a few years, possibly because of infections brought by the scientists.
I have a hankering to bring back the dodo. I’d really like to know if it is as stupid as it looks, or if we’re mistakenly judging a book by its cover!
Flightless birds generally get little respect all and all I do think!! 🙂
I suppose you could say they’ve failed at the one thing birds are best known for. On the other hand, if they’ve survived, they can’t be all that inferior, can they be?
I agree, they’ve adapted in some way to their environment. Thing about natural selection is that it can sometimes be best for attracting a mate and producing the next generation and yet bad for survival. The classic example is the male peacock whose glorious array of feathers attracts the opposite sex, yet the splendid array is quite unwieldy when it comes to getting away from predators. I suppose this is where survival of the fittest deviates from natural selection.
To be more precise, that would be an example of how sexual selection, which is generally thought to help in natural selection, can sometimes run counter to it.
Yeah generally assuring the next generation is beneficial for the species. But, it seems the girls of all species love beautiful things like iridescent ornamental feathers. After all we humans loved aigrettes from egrets so much that we nearly wiped them out and all for ornamentation on ladies hats.