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To: Ichneumon

If weeding out is such a preferable occurance why on earth the hue and cry to "save " endangered species?
Only because it is man who is doing the weeding?
Why dont the endangered species adapt and variants
occur to overcome their specific threat?
For example : gorillas why are they stuck being lousy gorillas they are rapidly dying off, no variant, no sub-species to replace them. Where is the evolution why arent they becoming smarter they have had billions and billions of years why the heck are they stuck as gorillas?


244 posted on 09/26/2005 11:28:59 PM PDT by claptrap (optional tagline under re-consideration)
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To: claptrap
If weeding out is such a preferable occurance why on earth the hue and cry to "save " endangered species?

Because humanity's goals are different from nature's processes. Floods are natural too, but that doesn't mean *we* need to appreciate New Orleans being underwater. Plagues are natural, but we fight against them. Forest fires rejuvenate forests (in the long run), but we still don't like fires burning up our houses.

Was this *really* so hard for you to figure out on your own?

Only because it is man who is doing the weeding?

We generally don't like natural extinctions either, so no.

Why dont the endangered species adapt and variants occur to overcome their specific threat?

Some do manage to, some don't. It's a matter of the nature and speed of the particular threats to survival.

For example : gorillas why are they stuck being lousy gorillas

Gorillas are not "lousy". They are highly adapted to their ecological niche.

they are rapidly dying off, no variant, no sub-species to replace them.

There *are* variants and subspecies of gorilla. *New* subspecies, however, take more time to arise than gorillas are likely to have, given the speed at which we are destroying their habitats, not to mention directly killing them (via poaching, etc.)

Where is the evolution

It's occurring all the time, even now.

why arent they becoming smarter

What makes you think they aren't? And what makes you think that "becoming smarter" is the only effective adaptation to loss of habitat? Your "thinking" on this subject is very simplistic.

they have had billions and billions of years why the heck are they stuck as gorillas?

They've only been gorillas for around 0.1% of that "billions and billions of years" timespan. They haven't always *been* gorillas, and thus they're not "stuck".

Any other silly questions?

257 posted on 09/27/2005 2:02:34 AM PDT by Ichneumon
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