I believe in evolution. For those of you who don't, I guess I have understood for awhile your ability to deny it. However, I have a few pieces of
evidence, that in my opinion, are undeniable.
Firstly, I will speak about birds. The earliest known bird in existence is Archaeopteryx. This bird lived between 150 and 200 million years ago. This
is a relatively young class of animal. Now, outside of providing a synopsis about how these creatures evolved, I am not entirely well-read on the
subject, but hear me out because I think its quite plausible.
A dinosaur.. Lets imagine this dinosaur is around human height. This dinosaur is a biped (theropod) and lives off of foliage in its area. Things are
going great for little Marcus (so I named my dinosaur, get over it), until an enormous weather catastrophe destroys everything around him and he needs
to find a new place to call home. Marcus packs his bags, grabs the kids and wife, and heads west. A few hundred miles down the road marcus sees trees,
Upon coming closer to the trees, Marcus is devastated to see that the leaves are growing pretty far up. So far that his jump is barely able to reach
even a few. Marcus jumps and jumps and gets a few leaves now and then, but his family quickly dies off because Marcus is a dumb dinosaur and doesn't
realize that he should be knocking a few down to his kids. So the family is dead, and marcus is learning to jump a lot more efficiently by swinging
his arms up as he takes off. He sees that other animals from his species are moving into the area, but most of them die off too. The only ones that
live are the ones with serious ups and long necks. They mate and have kids with crazy ups and long legs. There are enough dinos now that the trees are
littering the ground with greens from the amount of Marcus's jumping around. The kids have food now. Awesome. They continue to live like this for
thousands (even millions) of years.
Well now we have the equivalent of the dinosaur NBA. All these guys have long arms, necks, and insane ability to jump. Their arms are getting longer
because they swing them up to gain momentum, and now they are high up enough in the air that they are flapping to get even another kick up. During
hard times, a bunch of them die off because they are unable to jump as high or just aren't as good at the technique.
More years pass. All the Marci (I've created a new pluralization for the name Marcus) are doing alright, but they realize they aren't so much
jumping as flying to get to the same leaves. Hmmm? Their arms are long and covered in extended hairs that offer lift. They are this way because when
hard times come, the ones with the extensive arm hairs survive. Now you perpetuate this another few million years, and you have feathers. They don't
need to jump as high, so they don't need to be as tall. So they become shorter. Eventually they have no need to jump at all, so their legs become
frail and crappy. Holy hell! Now they live in the trees instead of trying to jump to them!
Ok, here's the part that'll really get you.. Look out in your back yard...
Did you see Marcus sitting on your bird feeder? You did.
Look at the flightless birds of the world. Absolute proof (again, my opinion).
The Emu and Ostrich. They have no need for flight! Why? Their long necks. They eventually grew to a stature where they didn't need the wings anymore.
Its all about the food available in a place.
The penguin. They don't even have wings so much as flippers. I bet if we wait another 20 million years, those little buggers will be more fish than
bird. Why? The food where they live.
Moving on. The modern day wolf, millions of years ago. A certain pack of wolves lives on a beach because the mainland has been decimated, so there's
no food there. They find that there are little creatures in the sea, with hard shells, that if they crack, have yummy treats inside. They spend years
wading the shallow water to get these treats and are living the good life.
One of them, Clarence, is born with a funny nose. His nose is upturned and he has large nostrils that point up in the air almost. Its a deformity, but
as Clarence grows up, everyone becomes envious with the amount of food he can catch. Why? Because he can dunk his jaw in and still breath above the
water. He mates with all the ladies of the beach, which upsets the rest of the guys, but hey, you can't hate on a playa. He can provide, and chicks
Clarence has a bunch of babies, all with upturned noses.
Over the next few million years, the Clari (yes I did it again) all are living prosperous on the beach. However, some kids have even more deformed
noses, growing further up their snouts. These guys are great hunters. The nostrils go so far up their snouts at one point, that they get as far as
their eyes. Well, a nostril isn't going to win in evolution over an eye, so Clarence's nostrils conjoin and rest in the center of the eyes. As the
dogs get better at swimming, and experience deeper waters, and more food, their nostrils are eventually at the top of their heads, like a natural
Their webbed feet are now fins. They lost their fur cause salt water causes dry skin (I don't know). Now they are mammals that live in the water!
Ok, here's the part where I get you... Go to Seaworld....
Did you see Clarence in the big tub doing tricks for mackerel?? Yes you did, he's a dolphin now! He'd tell you if he could do anything but yip..
Mans best friend. The smartest little furry guy you know. You think there might be a connection between him and the smartest sea creature in the
world? Think about it.
How did mammals get to the sea? Whales, dolphins, etc?
How did it happen that a species took to the air?
Why does the platypus exist?
Are these animals cruelly dangled in front of our face to test our faith?? No, they are built for their environment, and if they aren't nature will
slowly change them.
Its simple people. I honestly think people who don't believe in evolution can't fathom the breadth of time that in which these changes occur. Do you
have an itch on your elbow? Does your child too? Well it could be a genetic problem that kills a lot of people 100 million years from now, and nature
will take care of it.
So have humans existed for 10,000 years.. No, we've proven that isn't true. Has the earth existed for that long? Impossible, its been around longer
than we can imagine.. So right there is a tiny glitch the gears of your thought. I'm not saying Jesus doesn't exists (Although I did state it in
another one of my threads) but the book might be off... By a lot.
Science will help us find out many things about ourselves. It doesn't nullify our religions, it only helps us understand who we are. Even with a God,
we are not even a mere second in time. We are less than a blip. Can you deal with that emotionally? That's actually why I think religion exists, but
Again, these are opinions. I think the opinions are founded, but feel free to argue. I have more info, but I'm one of those lazy guys who are saving
it for the argument part so I have something to say..
Peace and love