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Global warming will give us webbed feet and gills?

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File:A small cup of coffee.JPG Bad news for scuba shops:

To adapt to a ‘water world’, Dr Skinner expects humans would develop webbed hands and eyes like those of cats to help us see in the poor lighting conditions underwater.

We would also retain a layer of baby fat into adulthood as an insulator for spending long periods submerged.

Regular foraging in shallow waters could lead us to develop artificial ‘gills’ to help us breathe, extracting oxygen from the water and delivering it to the bloodstream.

This would also lead to our lung capacity becoming greatly reduced, and our rib cages shrinking.

An additional layer in the retina – like cat’s eyes – could develop to help us see in poor light under water. We might also evolve an extra translucent eyelid to protect the eyes from water.

Swimsuits optional, right?

Darwinian evolution has become, to popular culture, what superstition used to be. It’s just as nonsensical, just as popular, and attracts pretty much the same sort of people: The users and the usees.

Note: It doesn’t sound like the scientist who explains all this is altogether serious, but lots of people wouldn’t let that deter them from a good scare.

See also: See also: The Left’s war on science? So far as we can see, there is no war. It’s more that some sciences are running out of feet to shoot themselves in. Not an easy job to recruit for.

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I don't get the OP. Don't we already have webbed feet and gills as an embryo? Was it global cooling that took them away from us? Mung
One of the things that you learn in Climatology class is that if the weather patterns shift for long periods of time (a couple centuries), then the extent of arable land also shifts. See Brian Fagan's "The Long Summer". That is, land in Canada, for example, that currently has a Sub-Arctic climate would evolve (transition) into a Continental climate, like the Great Plains. And so any loss to desertification would be more than made up by the retreat of taiga. Etc., etc. But, yeah, webbed feat and gills are silly. The Polynesians and Micronesians have lived "on the water" for more than 20,000 years, and they haven't developed gills. Although they did develop surfing. mahuna
I've had quite a few ignorant friends complain the whole month about the heat and drought here in ZA and how climate change is destroying us. I then gathered some information about the current El Nino and gave it to them. All sorted now, they are no longer ignorant. Andre
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It sounds like he expects humans to develop gills before other aquatic mammals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquatic_ape_hypothesis
The aquatic ape hypothesis (AAH), often also referred to as aquatic ape theory (AAT), is a proposal that the evolutionary ancestors of modern humans spent a period of time adapting to a semiaquatic existence.[1][2]
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Will I get to meet mermaids? Jonas Crump
It'll go down something like this. daveS
Yes, science is following the lead of Hollywood! Kevin Costner's character in Waterworld had gills and some webbing Virgil Cain

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