Being in a house-hold where we have a bunch of striped tigered cats, I made an interesting observation:
Look ABOVE the eyes. (You can also do the same research on Google if you look for pics of "striped kittens" etc...or if you own a striped cat
Do you see the "fake" eyes over the real eyes?
The weird thing is, I couldn't find anything in Google about that even if those "fake eyes" are VERY obvious to me. It is my theory that those fake
eyes in the pattern of the stripes exist to "confuse" other, primitive animals (rodents, bugs etc..) so that those animals do not know when a cat is
sleeping and has it's eyes closed. (If you have a better theory, let met know!)
You can get a better idea if you look at a sleeping striped cat and squint your eyes to simulate "bad eye-sight" which I assume a lower animal may
have....so, in combination with the already confusing pattern and stripes such animals may see a cat as always "alert" even if it's sleeping in
What has this to do with evolution? Or with "life" in general.
I think it's always interesting observing my cats and then ponder simple things, for example how does a single cell WITHIN A BLACK hair on a striped
cat know that it must be black, while an adjacent hair will be light gray or white? The total pattern on the cat often to an astonishing extent
resembles a spiral or a "galaxy". How does a single cell within ONE hair know about the entire fur pattern on the cat?
How do the cells in the fur for the "fake eyes" know how an eye looks like? Looking at the fake eyes its very obvious to me that the cells "know"
about the general shape/size of an eye, the pupils etc.
It's just astonishing to realize this.
PS. Not sure where to put this, evolution/creation...metaphysics maybe. We are dealing with one still unsolved mystery of biology..that is that after
the first (I think four) divisions of cells in an embryo each cell "knows" about it's function. A cell will not grow a finger on your face, or a nose
wont grow on your foot, or a white hair won't grow in a part of fur which belongs to the "black part" of a pattern in fur etc.
The question here of course is how cells get this information.
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