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(Mother Nature Network)   Fish in Australia are evolving into land animals as they avoid predators during high tides by living on rocks just as Jesus predicted   ( mnn.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, high tide, Intertidal zone, land animals, New South Wales, fish, Tide, plasticine blenny massacre, researcher Terry Ord  
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2017-03-18 09:12:03 AM  
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2017-03-18 10:08:44 AM  
Jesus. How dangers does the ocean around Australia have to be for the land to appear attractive?
 
2017-03-18 10:35:31 AM  

PartTimeBuddha: Jesus. How dangers does the ocean around Australia have to be for the land to appear attractive?


The Cook Islands are a 10 hour flight from Australia.


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2017-03-18 10:58:29 AM  
 
2017-03-18 11:12:09 AM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: PartTimeBuddha: Jesus. How dangers does the ocean around Australia have to be for the land to appear attractive?

The Cook Islands are a 10 hour flight from Australia.


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My converter is on the fritz. How dangerous do those 10 hours make the surrounding waters in CRIKEY'S?

\will accept a rounded up STREWTH! count.
 
2017-03-18 11:34:54 AM  
So I take it this isn't one of those islands where rats or other predators haven't been accidentally introduced?
 
2017-03-18 12:01:38 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: PartTimeBuddha: Jesus. How dangers does the ocean around Australia have to be for the land to appear attractive?

The Cook Islands are a 10 hour flight from Australia.


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Depending on what geologist you ask, they are part of the Australian Continent. Nowadays referred to as Oceania.
 
2017-03-18 12:02:34 PM  
Oh no, not again
 
2017-03-18 12:02:36 PM  
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2017-03-18 01:12:41 PM  
I'm no biologist, but I feel like guessing what's evolving into a new species (and why and how) is like looking at a picture of a moving car and trying to decide what its destination is.

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// meanwhile, you can barely tell what lane it's in
// also, "destination" can be a bit of a tricky term - cars tend to have several destinations through their lifetimes
 
2017-03-18 01:23:06 PM  

MindStalker: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: PartTimeBuddha: Jesus. How dangers does the ocean around Australia have to be for the land to appear attractive?

The Cook Islands are a 10 hour flight from Australia.


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Depending on what geologist you ask, they are part of the Australian Continent. Nowadays referred to as Oceania.


Is there a 1-800-GEOLOGIST number that you can call when these sticky questions come up?
 
2017-03-18 01:27:40 PM  
These fish are evolving right now to become land-dwellers
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2017-03-18 01:29:58 PM  

Dr Dreidel: I'm no biologist, but I feel like guessing what's evolving into a new species (and why and how) is like looking at a picture of a moving car and trying to decide what its destination is.

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// meanwhile, you can barely tell what lane it's in
// also, "destination" can be a bit of a tricky term - cars tend to have several destinations through their lifetimes


They're not so much predicting what it will turn into, as what its future habitat will be.
 
2017-03-18 01:53:39 PM  

LewDux: Oh no, not again


In related news..
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2017-03-18 02:19:53 PM  

Dr Dreidel: I feel like guessing what's evolving into a new species (and why and how) is like looking at a picture of a moving car and trying to decide what its destination is


I think the notion that evolution has a predetermined direction is itself false.

Evolution is random change paired with the question of which individuals make it to breeding age and how many of their kids live.

If a random change makes your kids more numerous and likely to survive to breed themselves, it tends to become more common over the generations.

In this case, hiding out on the rocks makes you less likely to be eaten, given a lack of land predators on that particular island. You're more likely to survive to have kids.

Add some land predators into the mix and suddenly that doesn't look like a good change anymore.
 
2017-03-18 02:58:47 PM  
So fish in the Cook Islands looked around and thought, "holy shiat GET OUTTA THE WATER." Not that surprising when you think about it. Pretty crazy that whales & dolphins are basically the same process in reverse. Life, uh, seems to "swing both ways" if you know what I mean.
 
2017-03-18 03:29:07 PM  
Sometimes Phish rocks
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2017-03-18 05:10:29 PM  
Ha! Ha! Can't catch me!

How fish learned to jump.
 
2017-03-19 07:59:12 AM  
Welp, that's it, humanities replacement is being jump started by the Earth
 
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