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Re: Hybrids

> "Perfect" organisms don't evolve. They are so well adapted (to their
> environment) that they do not change over the ages.

I like to call this nonsense. Do you honestly think that a "perfect"
organism never undergoes mutations that may become fixed and lead to a new
speciation event? Hah, that would be the day.

 Hence "evelutionary
> dead-ends" such as the horseshoe crab are more "perfect" than those
> that had "gone on" (again a misconception of linear progressive [in human
> terms]
> thinking) towards more complexity, eg the spiders, the butterfly, more
> "advanced" arthopods all.

I agree with the latter qualification. But I think the entire concept of
"perfect organism" is total nonsense. It's a very typical human-centered
deterministic attitude. I'd say that it goes back to the Middle Ages.


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