09 October 2016
When evolution runs backwards
By Mike Smith
9th of October 2016
I was reading on National Geographic the other day that evolution actually does run backwards sometimes.
Snakes once had legs. Bird evolved from dinosaurs and once had teeth. Penguins lost the ability to fly about 60 million years ago.
A fossil of a 300-million-year-old hagfish (a slimy, eel-shaped marine animal) revealed that the animals once had working eyes—and evolution took them away. Today these creatures are almost blind, finding their way around the seafloor primarily using their sense of smell and touch.
Aphids (plant lice) have no arseholes although it is in their genes to have one. They just drink plant sap that is molecularly simple and easily absorbed so they don’t need arseholes to excrete rests. Incidentally some ant species keep plant lice as milk cows milking them for their honey dew and even defend them against attacks.
Nevertheless, the plant lice, having no arseholes actually makes them more advanced than the Springboks, because in South Africa the Springbok once had only one arsehole (a kicking one by the name of Naas Botha or Henry Honiball aka “Da-gaat-die-bôl”) but today it is full of such arseholes.
In the past, to a South African there was nothing more beautiful than a mighty Springbok in full flight on his way to the try line. That ability has now been completely lost. It has lost its ability to think and mindlessly and randomly runs around mimicking the behavior of baboons. The Springbok of today is an almost blind, slow and stumbling creature that secretes butter at the finger tips.
The once mighty Springbok will inevitably and eventually go the way of the Dodo, beaten into extinction by a shy nocturnal ratite (flightless bird) the size of a chicken known as an Apteryx, a bird without tail feathers also known in New Zealand as the Common Kiwi.
It is maybe sad and tragic to watch the regression and devolution of the Springbok, but one should be reminded never to interfere with Nature. All I can say is, "Good riddance".