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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