Evolution Confusion

I try to visit daily to get my dose of what's going on in the world around me (that is, whilst I spend a majority of my time reading nerdy blogs). Tonight, I found an article to be particularly interesting – over 1,000 new species have been discovered in Mekong.

This is great news, I think, because more and more we hear about this species and/or that species becoming rare or extinct. It sort of brings everything full circle, The Lion King style, if you will. Wait, that doesn't make sense at all.

Anyway, the last picture attached to that article is posted here, as well. It's a picture of the Laotian rock rat. A rat, if you might believe, that was thought to become extinct 11 million years ago. Apparently, it's been hiding out, eating and reproducing in Vietnam.

But the big question is, how do we know it was thought to be extinct 11 million years ago? Because of this passage of really super old and ancient text found in the same area (carbon dating suggests it's 11 million years old):

Those f'ing rats are everywhere. Heh, or should I say "WERE" everywhere. I'm pretty sure that I killed every last one of those sum'bitches. Ignorant little f'ers.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's what it said.

+ original post date: December 16, 2008 11:08 PM
+ categories: News


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