maggiekb at June 11th, 2014 15:30 — #1
jsroberts at June 11th, 2014 15:43 — #2
So does this mean that the fact that men all ended up with a backpfeifengesicht was just a lucky chance?
daemonworks at June 12th, 2014 01:40 — #3
Basically, it's the evolutionary biology of accident. Not all of our features were specifically sought after by evolution.
You know that all of evolution is accidental, right?
jonbly at June 12th, 2014 03:57 — #4
This bed was not designed for cats. It's not a cat bed.
Seems pretty clear that the second statement is no longer true. Hope you've got some other place to sleep...
jhbadger at June 12th, 2014 06:06 — #5
Yeah, that's not the ideal way to present the idea of a spandrel -- it's more that a trait evolved not due to direct selection on the trait itself but as an indirect result of the evolution of other traits. But yes, even traits under direct selection aren't "specifically sought" by evolution -- it's just a consequence of variation plus differential reproductive success -- there's no active seeking going on.
crenquis at June 12th, 2014 20:49 — #6
The female hip makes a good resting place for the toddler's bottom when held with one arm...
jardine at June 13th, 2014 10:52 — #7
As does the male belly.
maggiekb at June 16th, 2014 15:30 — #8
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