Re: Plants The sixth sense
- Subject: Re: Plants The sixth sense
- From: William Perez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 10:44:22 -0600 (CST)
> Descent with modification!
> Read 'The Panda's Thumb" by Stephen Jay Gould. Or any of his books, for
> that matter.
> Basically, changes occur with modifications with what's already there. As
> for the panda, it has a 'thumb' that's evolved from a wrist bone or
> something like that. That's why cows will always be cows.
Woops!! I'm wrong here. Descent with modification would apply to an orchid
flower looking like a bee. Nothing new is created out of thin air, the
petals are simply bent and twisted, shrunk and stretched to look like a bee.
As for cows, hmmm, there's some deliberate manipulation going on there, with
the emphasis on "man"! And man is simply choosing from the variability of