Monday, December 18, 2006


I was cruising around online today, and found an article written in November about a dolphin found near Japan with two extra fins near its tail. Weird, sure. But obviously leftovers from when dolphins lived on land.

It's been known for a long time that dolphins and whales used to live on land, and that they were hairy. (I think I've even written about hairy dolphins recently.) I'm no biologist, or paleobiologist, or paleo-anything. But I know that dolphins walked around on land for about 60,000 years until they decided to make a go of it in the ocean. Or maybe it was that they went to the seas 60,000 years ago. (There's something about sixty thousand years...) We all know that, right?

So this article says, "...a bottle nose dolphin captured last month has an extra set of fins that could be the remains of back legs, a discovery that may provide further evidence that ocean-dwelling mammals once lived on land..."

"...may provide further evidence..." Now, that means that it's a disproven theory, right? That there is evidence to be gathered before a conclusion can be made. That there's a raging debate.

Then why would very same article say, two paragraphs later, "Fossil remains show dolphins and whales were four-footed land animals about 50 million years ago and share common ancestors with hippopotamuses and deer. Scientists believe they later transitioned to an aquatic lifestyle and their hind limbs disappeared."

Why is further evidence that they used to live on land needed? What more evidence can there be? Duh.

Is it the media, or is it scientists? Because if it's scientists, then we need some better ones. (We all already know we need new media.)

Anyway, I gotta go hang out with the hairy dolphins from down the street. They've got some homemade beer or somethin'.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you ever think that the "extra" fins discovered might be a genetic defect caused by some external contamination?

5:34 AM  
Blogger Shameless said...

That could be possible. But it's a: not the only case, and b: If they used to have four legs and walked around on land, then a couple vestigal fins appearing in the same spot makes sense.

My point is there's a fossil record that proves that dolphins and whales lived on land.

That's proof enough for me.

And if you watch the Simpsons, you'll note that only EYES are affected by pollution.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dolphins and whales living on land together? Who would have ever thought of such blasphmy! Let alone propose such ludicris hyprthesis. Damn where the hell is the spell checker?! Oopps.
So let me poke a hole in your hypothesis: When did echolocation become the primary sensory input for these mammals?

3:44 AM  
Blogger Shameless said...

Before they were land animals? I don't know...

I do know that they lived in the water, moved to land, lived that way for a few thousand years, and then went back to the water.

So they scienteests do say.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hogwash! Pure unadulterated poppycock!
Echolocation wouldn't work on land brain child! Flippers don't work too well either. So what did they eat? Whales must of had a terrible time trying to catch all those krill in the jungle, or was it mosquitoes? I can never remember which scientist said what. You need a score card to keep up with the way they change their minds. I think most scientist are women based upon how many time they change their minds when presented with additional information from a source that was staring them in the face the whole time.
I think there was a documented case of a tribe of New Guinean (spell check!!) pygmy pyramid building Aztec copycatting (solar calendar) whale hunters who canoed up the Umboogiebo river to a large mountain jungle clearing, where a land inhabitating whale was stuck after filling up on mosquitoes. I think the whale was napping. Anyway, the New Guinean (spell check!!) pygmy pyramid building Aztec copycatting (solar calendar) whale hunters thought it was the mother ship and commenced to board through the rectal orifice, overloading the OSHA recommended takeoff weight and subsequently causing the whale to crash on takeoff killing all aboard as well as the whale. It truly was a sad and depressing story as well as very messy. The New Guinean (spell check!!) pygmy pyramid building Aztec copycatting (solar calendar) whale hunters who were left behind actually made out that year, seeing how 100 tons of whale blubber (and other items) were scattered about the high mountain jungle clearing - which were promptly package and shipped back to the home office (via UPS Ground at a discounted rate) of the New Guinean (spell check!!) pygmy pyramid building Aztec copycatting (solar calendar) whale hunters. So in the end it wasn't a total waste, but the moral of the story is not to believe everything you read.

3:42 AM  
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