So says a University of Kent paleoanthropologist:
Rising sea levels could force communities to live in underwater or semi-aquatic towns which could change out physiology.
Dr Matthew Skinner, a paleoanthropologist from the University of Kent, claims that humans could evolve to have webbed hands and feet and less body hair so they could move quickly through the water…
Our eyes would even become more like cats, so we could see in the murky gloom of seas and rivers and our lungs would shrink as we became used to using artificial tanks to breathe underwater.
“Regular underwater foraging would lead to the evolution of longer fingers and toes which would then likely develop ‘webbed’ interconnecting skin to enable easier swimming,” said Dr Skinner.Sarah Knapton, “Humans could evolve webbed feet if sea levels rise, scientist claims” at Telegraph
Overheard in UD News’s smoky back room: “Okay, I see your “scientist who says AI is going to save Gaia” and I’m raising you one who says, “the way things are going, we’re all gonna have webbed feet.” And… hey, who ate all the chocolate pretzels again?!”
Triumphing over both of these, of course, would be the player who came up with an earnest, just-published study offering convoluted neuroscience theories as to why so many people don’t trust science.
Hat tip: Philip Cunningham
See also: AI will save Gaia, says James Lovelock at nearly 100 years of age. The Gaia hypothesis started out as science, then discovered weed. But a digital Gaia movement for the 21st century will not, one suspects, be hippies. Maybe not as nice.
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