Homo sapiend

“There is no doubt that the rate at which species are dying out is very high, and we could well be in for a “Big Sixth” mass extinction. … [Yet] the current rate at which new animals and plants (such as the apple fly, the Italian sparrow and Oxford ragwort) are coming into existence is unusually high – and it may be the highest ever. We are already on the verge of Genesis Number Six – a million or so years from now, the world could end up supporting more species, not fewer, as a consequence of the evolution of Homo sapiens.” https://theconversation.com/the-sixth-mass-genesis-new-species-are-coming-into-existence-faster-than-ever-thanks-to-humans-80527

…but possibly minus Homo sapiens. Who’s next for Presidency of the planet?



“Seven new species of miniature frog, smaller than bumblebees, have been discovered clinging to survival on isolated mountaintops in Brazil. … The frogs, which are among the smallest land vertebrates, have evolved with fewer fingers and toes in order to reduce their size.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/04/seven-new-species-of-miniature-frogs-discovered-in-cloud-forests-of-brazil)

The frogs had hoped their reduced ‘footprint’ would escape the death knell of human notice.


“Gears are not the only mechanical solutions that were long thought to be unique to human engineering and then found to have been mastered by evolution [the plant hopper Issus coleoptratus has rounded joints that connect its hind legs with a series of tiny intermeshing teeth like cogs]. The screw-and-nut system is another example … in the legs of a weevil beetle. … Honeybees ‘couple the movement of both wings to stabilize their flight by using pegs … like Velcro.'” (http://www.nature.com/news/insect-leg-cogs-a-first-in-animal-kingdom-1.13723)

(Human) Narcissity is Mother Nature’s invention.