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New feet ?

  1. Jun 28, 2003 #1

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    Greetings !

    Abviously our feet have evolved to be different after
    we got down from the trees. Further more, the fingers on
    our feet are now small and of rather little use by comparisson.
    Have there been any reseacrh works or maybe those adaptation
    computer studies (like the one where the eye was shown
    to evolve out of an original layer of light sensitive cells,
    on a computer of course) that tell us what our new feet will
    look like ?

    Thanks ! :smile:

    Live long and prosper.
     
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  3. Jun 29, 2003 #2

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    I would think that given enough time, and given that we evolve as a technological species, then no preferred foot design should have any advantage over any other. So maybe our feet will start going in all different directions.
     
  4. Jun 29, 2003 #3

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    Well I realize that this is mostly a hypothetical question
    because in reality we'll probably be geneticly engeenering
    ourselves into whatever we want in less than a century so
    evolution won't make a difference for our spiecies or potentialy
    many others we control, in the future. However, it's still an intresting question for some of us, I guess...
     
  5. Jun 29, 2003 #4

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    Yes. Our feet will probably eventually function as USB 5000 ports.
     
  6. Jun 30, 2003 #5
    I don't think so, but I'll search a bit just because I'm curious.
    However I have seen this weekend on Animal Planet some weird show in which a smiling guy assured me that in 200 Myears the monkeys will have 8 legs and snail-like eyes...
     
  7. Jun 30, 2003 #6
    There is no reason to prefer any foot shape above any other at the minute, unless there is some correlation between foot size and likelihood to have numbers of children, which I doubt. Thus foot size/ shape will stay roughly as it is now.
     
  8. Jun 30, 2003 #7

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    Tomorrow night (in australia) Discovery channell is playing "The Future is Wild" which is a documentary about what the future might be like RE evolution. It looks like it is going to hypothesise about what animals will be like a few million years in the future.
     
  9. Jun 30, 2003 #8

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    Good luck predicting future evolution!

    Well, you know what they say about big feet...

    but seriously, once global warming melts the ice caps and we're all living under 10 ft of water, then bigger feet will make better flippers in this new environment...

    ok, that wasn't serious
     
  10. Jun 30, 2003 #9

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    Greetings !
    I like that one... We probably won't have anywhere to walk
    anyway...:wink:
    Well, abviosly the fingers on our feet have de-evolved and
    the process will probably continue.
    At the rate we're moving at today the only animals left in
    a few million years will be us. :wink: That is, if you'll
    recognize that as us...
    I think the updated version is that once the global
    warming increases and the melting ice will disrupt
    the currents between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans,
    the Earth will freeze in a matter of several years.
    So, I guess will need ski-feet...
    Did you notice the smiley in the thread's name ?

    Live long and prosper.
     
  11. Jun 30, 2003 #10

    true, our toes are less useful than they used to be, but don't sell them off yet. they're still almost essencial for balance and coordination. so unless we evolve some other freaky tool (like a tail) we probobly will be holding on to our toes for sometime.
     
  12. Jun 30, 2003 #11

    Ivan Seeking

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    That settles it. I'm holding on to my toes.
     
  13. Jul 1, 2003 #12

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    That is also true. This is more in the direction I was
    originally intrested in. Our toes and other fingers are
    essential, but they could still de-evolve completely and
    turn into a two or three part leg (like an ellephant's, for
    example) given enough time and a chance.

    Live long and prosper.
     
  14. Jul 2, 2003 #13

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    There's no such thing as de-evolution (biologically speaking). Evolution is just change. There is no preferential direction other than adaptation to current environments.

    Our toes are not less evolved than our ancestors who had more prehensile toes. They may do better in the trees, but we do better on the ground. Different adaptations for different uses. Our ancestors were not forced out of the trees because their toes were getting less useful.
     
  15. Jul 2, 2003 #14

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    Indeed. We don't want to misguide all the kids that
    read this.
    (btw, any suggestions on what other single word I can
    use every time instead of writing the whole story of
    the fingers getting smaller/shorter(/fewer joints ?) ? :wink:)

    Peace and long life.
     
  16. Jul 6, 2003 #15

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    um...er...let me get back to you on that!
     
  17. Jul 6, 2003 #16
    i can't help but feel you were thinking of me when you were posting this, seeing as how i once posted a thread entitled "is de-evolution taking place?". but if you read it it might make more sense and seem less stupid.


    i cannot recall the term that describes the process of organs becoming scarce through evolution, but i remember that the term vestigal organs is used to describe an organ which is no longer of use to the organism.
     
  18. Jul 6, 2003 #17

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    Not at all ! :smile:
    That was actualy directed at myself only, because I wanted to
    give Phobos a "hint" that I agree with him and that I do know
    that de-evolution is not the right term(or a known one, at all)
    to use here (I just couldn't think of and do not know a better
    one, for now).

    Live long and prosper.
     
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