Are we humans one day going to turn into huge sea-squirts?

One day it is possible that humans will reach puberty and transform into huge rubbery, sedentary sea-squirts. Here’s why:

 

Most people now accept evolution. It is pretty indisputable unless you are a creationist nut. We humans are apes (a third species of chimpanzee actually). We are mammals who evolved out of reptiles. The reptiles evolved out of amphibia who evolved out of fish. All straightforward.

 

The interesting point I wish to make concerns the evolution of fish.

 

The fish evolved out of chordates – little fish-like creatures with notochords like amphioxus. That’s where the story gets interesting.

 

Once upon a time, long, long ago, at the bottom of the ocean, there lived a family of sea-squirts. They looked like plants but they were really animals. They never moved though. They sat on the seabed sucking water through their siphons and extracting particles of food. It was a lazy way of life. They never had to exert their long cylindrical bodies. They just sat and squirted water.

When they wanted to reproduce they simply released their eggs and sperm into the water. The eggs grew into little tadpole-like larvae who swam away to settle on a distant patch of ocean bed where they planted themselves and grew into indolent adults.

 

Something went wrong. A mutation in a gene meant that the larvae, instead of maturing into adults, became sexually mature and continued swimming around. This is known as neotony. These are what evolved into fish.

 

Now the genes that coded for the transition in sea-squirts lay dormant in fish. It will have been passed down the line to all subsequent animals. The majority of our DNA is rubbish. It is old genes and meaningless sections of DNA that code for nothing. It is called satellite DNA. But if those genes were to become activated we would, on reaching puberty, transform into giant sea-squirts. Wouldn’t that be fun?

 

Perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned this? It might spark a government weapons policy. They might create a gene activator, put it into a country’s water supply and transform an enemy’s entire population into quiescent sea-squirts!

 

Still – I suppose that is better than using nuclear weapons?

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14 thoughts on “Are we humans one day going to turn into huge sea-squirts?

  1. What a load of immature rubbish, the sort of blether that would come from some motor-mouth precocious kid. Seriously…have you banged your head or something?
    In case you haven’t noticed nuclear weapons are “used” as deterrents and haven’t been used since the first and only time they were used, 72 years ago. I’d say 72 years is a powerful indicator of this deterrent.

    • I’m not in the least bit surprised that you were almost falling off chairs. You’re either doing Amyl Nitrate hits at the same time or your RC suppression was so severe that anything is funny compared to that.
      In case you didn’t notice Sparky, but this everyone you refer to amounts to just 2 comments out of some 7,000, or at least as claimed. And if half of the comments give him a blow job, he’s doing well.

      • Considering I had to update you on your dick-head long out of date claims on life on this planet – I understand alright.
        You & humour just will never, ever work. I first said that a few years ago and there’s been sfa since.

  2. I don’t know, Opher. I kind of like the old, original Star Trek episode where folks just turned into brains and imagined everything. Was that like a preview of the Matrix?

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