Originally posted by jkrog08
reply to post by ravenshadow13
I have a question: I assume you believe in evolution right? What do you think the possibilities are of a creature like the dolphin, given the chance
evolving into a sentient, intelligent, human-like, bi-pedal species? I know this is a little off topic so sorry but I am interested in your opinion on
this. LOL, now I have a "go to" person on Zoological issues.
I don't mind it being kind of OT, as long as it gets people interested in cryptozoology.
Sentient, intelligent, human-like, bipedal dolphins.... like Kyle's dad in South Park?
No, haha. Okay honestly. Hm. Hard.
Well, dolphins are already very intelligent. They communicate, use logic, are able to play, to show something like "love", to plan out their
actions, to learn. So, check. I would say they already are intelligent. And sentient.
Human-like and bipedal. I'm guessing that you mean physically. Dolphins are tricky. Here's what I think:
Dolphins and whales fall into the Cetacea group of mammals. They evolved from a group of animals which used to be terrestrial. Many Cetaceans have
vestigial hind limb structures as part of their skeleton. So they were terrestrial once, now they are aquatic again.
I suppose that if the conditions were right and their food source became terrestrial, or they were no longer surviving better in the water, that they
could become bipedal. First they would need to become amphibious in terms of developing stronger flippers that resembled legs. They would need to
gradually come back out of the water. Lose all the aquatic structures, probably get fur back... it would take a long time, a number of mutations. So
they would be on four legs, then they would need to gradually evolve into two legs due to necessary adaptations for getting food, whatever. It would
take a long time, but if the conditions were right they could.
But if they were going to become human-like, it would have happened last time they were terrestrial, before they became aquatic again. They kind of
resembled dogs. So really just the limb structure would have needed to change, lose the fur... but they would never look like humans, because
Cetaceans are not primates. Their ancestors weren't. I think they missed the opportunity to evolve like us, and I don't think they ever exactly
could. In theory they could have, and still could, become bipedal. But I don't really think they would need to, they're pretty well-set how they are