Natures wonders: 13, 17-year cicadas (Introduction)

by dhw, Saturday, June 01, 2013, 12:03 (2302 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: The longest insect life cycle around. Why this evolved is any bodies guess.

http://www.nature.com/news/long-lived-insects-raise-prime-riddle-1.13080

dhw: My guess is it's just one more invention by one of the countless intelligent genomes that have added their particular squiggle to the higgledy-piggledy bush. Cicada lovers, however, might argue that it is living proof of the cicacentric teleology of evolution.

DAVID: I guess the same would apply to turtles. What a weird branch of the bush they are! I think they were put on Earth to show that Darwinism doesn't work as an explanation for evolution.

Maybe they evolved on Earth to show that the Turellist Theory of Anthropocentric Evolution has turned turtle.


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