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    #1698342 - 07/09/03 03:10 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Did domestication of certain animals lead to thier halt in evolutionary evolvement? Probally a farfetched and uneducated statement, but somehow I feel I have wrong all the cows and shit locked behind fences thier whole lives.


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Re: Animals [Re: 2Experimental]
    #1698524 - 07/09/03 04:03 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

devolution?

edit: Devillution!


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Re: Animals [Re: Strumpling]
    #1698710 - 07/09/03 05:01 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

well, they continue evolving but the evolutionary pressure is what we decide, rather than what their environment presents them with. We want non-violent fat cows. In nature against predators you'd probably want tough athletic cows.

But then with horses we breed for speed. We've produced some "better than nature" creatures that way. Actually, we've been using cattle for so long that we've probably got a lot of tough ones because we used to use them to plow and work.

So yeah.. I bet domestication alters the plant/animal's genetic direction faster and more drastically than normal evolution. Nobody knows what the corn plant came from. They can't find the wild counterpart to corn. That's a vast difference in genetics in a short amount of time, and domestication seems to do that. Look at all the different types of cattle. I wonder then if domestication would be good for us. Maybe we can build robots to domesticate us and then put in a program so that the computers only control us for 10 000 years and then we could be freed and be superior because we were bread for intelligence, physcal strength etc. There could be all kinds of specialized human sub-races.


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Re: Animals [Re: Dogomush]
    #1699929 - 07/09/03 04:27 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I think domestication could have some really cool evolutionary effects. Take cats as an example. If they we were left in the wild, they would eventually evolve into your common big cat, ie- good at killing things. But because they are forced to sit in a house all day long, they are forced to meditate and think, which means their intellect will become more developed then it would have in the wild.

the end result? a philosopher cat.


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    #1700587 - 07/09/03 08:47 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

What if the cats lose touch with feline reality, you know, from eating too much catnip and contemplating the existence of string, and totally lose it? All cats would end up like the Chesire Cat or something. Who wants that?
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Re: Animals [Re: 2Experimental]
    #1700974 - 07/09/03 11:37 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

" feel I have wrong all the cows and shit locked behind fences thier whole lives. "
I bet you liked those fences when those cows start comming at you going, "moo MOO" with the fire of sinning evil in there eyes.


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