Happy Birthday, Darwin, darling!

Today is the 200th birthday of the father of modern biology, Charles Darwin. Darwin introduced us to a new human  history. One in which humans are not divine creatures, created and chosen by god, but just another species of animal that evolved from a common ancestor. This, of course, was incredibly influential in how we view ourselves today. Hopefully, with Darwin’s help, we can fully realize the importance of other animals and help to preserve them instead of continuing on this path to an inhabitable world.

To aid in this realization, I’ve posted a few pics of some creatures that have evolved in very strange ways. I’ve spruced-up a few of the “less attractive” characters (to help them in the process of mate selection, of course). I think Chuck D would be proud.

Orchid Mantis

Orchid Mantis

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

Siamang

Siamang

Blobfish

Blobfish

Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Bald Uakari

Bald Uakari

Pygmy Seahorse

Pygmy Seahorse

I’d also like to recommend a wonderful book by one of my heroes, E.O. Wilson. The Creation: An appeal to save life on earth is a plea for the religious and scientific communities to find the common ground that will be imperative to breathing health back into our planet and stopping the mass extinction of plants and animals that is happening today.

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6 responses to “Happy Birthday, Darwin, darling!

  1. Not that Im not a big Darwin fan but I found this article recently… Fascinating stuff.
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/180103

    So if you see a preggers girl go punch her in the gut and her kid will be born with a helmet… Awesome.

  2. Wow, this article is really interesting! Thanks D.

  3. Yay, happy birthday Darwin!

    “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man” – Charles Darwin

  4. Thank you for adding attractive head gear to the more homely creatures of the animal kingdom. It’s such an ingenious idea that I wouldn’t be surprised if sperm whales really do begin to evolve with sparkling tiarras.

  5. After all these years only four out of ten people “believe” in evolution… So sad!

  6. I believe Creationism and Evolution go hand in hand. And I understand why God arranged Adam’s plumbing the way it is. All the world was once a bathroom…..

    But WHY has Evolution had not yet brought forth men who can actually aim in the bathroom is beyond me. Good Lord, boys….. if you can’t consistently hit a target that large, just sit down!!!

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