Selected Pete

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

Shrimp apparently content to live un-evolved

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News in Science – Jurassic shrimp alive and well

While a dog-like creature evidently yearned for the cold watery depths and spontaneously grew a blow-hole and fins, this little “Jurassic Shrimp” has apparently found a body and a home he is happy with – for 50 million years. Now that is dedication, my friend.

This ancient shrimp could have spent a few million years progressing to great heights, such as a turtle, or at least a more colorful fish in a warm, tropical ocean. But no – he liked it down there in the dark, 3 miles down near the vents where scalding water spews out of the earth at a whopping 765 degrees F.

Whatever his reasons – this shrimp didn’t change for anyone. Supposedly it took us humans a brusque 10 million years to make the final transitions from Lucy and friends to the current version of Walter Cronkite, but no – the shrimp stays constant and perseveres.  I like to imagine here that this Jurassic Shrimp rather prefers the stark contrast between the icy depths and the invigorating scald of the vents – sort of like people who hop between the Jacuzzi and an unheated pool.

Here’s to the Jurassic Shrimp – may he continue to stick in the primordial mud, unchanged – just as his Creator intended.

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Written by selectedpete

December 11, 2006 at 7:28 pm

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  1. Haha…though I’m sure that Neoglyphea isn’t the only organism that has been well-adapted enough to its niche that it hasn’t change much over the millennia. Perhaps it was afraid of violating the new Kansas law!

    I know you’re being facetious, but cetaceans’ blow holes and flippers are of course derived from their noses and their forelimbs.

    Darmok

    December 11, 2006 at 11:28 pm


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