Sunday, August 02, 2009
WIRED weighs in on evolution's missteps
David Wolman in the August issue of WIRED has ten criticisms for Mother Nature. He thinks evolution misfired on, among other things, cetacean blowholes (a clumsy workaround for not evolving gills), giraffe births (that first step into the world is a doozy), and the inability of humans to digest cellulose. A fun little thought experiment. I always thought the inability of mammals to develop green fur was a strange oversight, given how useful it would be in forested environments.