South African and Argentinian penguins are losing their plumage and walking around naked due to a rare condition described as feather loss disorder. Could they be evolving into humans? Read on.
Feather loss disorder is making penguins naked
Wait a minute, what did I say? Just when you thought the process of evolution stopped long time ago, nature throws in a twist and forces you to think again. Penguins could be evolving into humans in South Africa and Argentina if media reports are to be believed. Baby penguins born in South Africa and Argentina are featherless, a condition that scientists have named feather loss disorder. Only a handful of other animals are this naked, and that includes humans.
What is causing this nakedness?
Researchers attribute feather loss disorder to pathogens, thyroid disorders, nutrient imbalances, or genetics and that is where it gets interesting. Could penguins be changing into humans? Has the world become so inhabitable that they have to evolve in order to cope with their surrounding? While conservationists do not know exactly what is happening in this case, many think this featherlessness is making them grow rather slower than normal, which makes me believe they are evolving into humans for humans grow much more slowly than most other animals.
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Could this be advantageous?
Being hairless or featherless like in the case of these penguins has the advantage of reducing the number of ectoparasites likely to inhabit the body, a feature more pronounced in humans, hippos and walruses. There is reason to believe that the new feature could be more permanent if favored by natural selection and the featherless start producing even more featherless progeny. W ill that happen? Only time will tell.
Women evolved from men
I have argued in the past that women evolved from men and that is why they are less hairy than us and have got an extra pair of ribs. Of course some of my sisters will want to throw in the idea of creation and how a rib was broken from Adam to make Eve and make woman from man, won’t they be supporting the same thing? Let’s wait for more wonders as we edge towards September 12th 2012, when the Mayan World is set to come to an end.