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Humans could eventually grow beaks

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:46 PM

It might sound more like science fiction than a serious prediction, but a biologist has suggested that humans could one day evolve to grow beaks.

Dr Gareth Fraser, of Sheffield University, said a beak would be “more robust and practical” than teeth and would not rot, chip or fall out.

We will not be seeing beaked humans in our lifetime, however, as any evolutionary change in which the teeth fused together to form a tough, pointy bill, would not happen for several million more years.

http://www.telegraph...t-predicts.html

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#2    Jacques Terreur

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:49 PM

i just read that 5min earlier in a scottish online newspaper....pity they didn't give an "artist's impression" with the article.... :)


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:25 PM

View PostJacques Terreur, on 04 July 2013 - 12:49 PM, said:

i just read that 5min earlier in a scottish online newspaper....pity they didn't give an "artist's impression" with the article.... :)
lol..I'm not so sure I want to see what we're supposed to end up looking like :D

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 04:30 AM

View PostStill Waters, on 04 July 2013 - 01:25 PM, said:

lol..I'm not so sure I want to see what we're supposed to end up looking like :D

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:21 AM

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:29 AM

"best to be killed with fire"....!!!

cool pic, where is that from?


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:43 AM

Laying eggs is also more "robust and practical", but I don't see that happening to us any eon soon....  Beaks are marks of a "specialist" species... and humans are "generalists"... they would destroy our language skills and who knows what else, plus genetically speaking - if we were going to do that, we would already have some genetic markers in that direction...

I'm not sure just what this guy was smoking when he came up with this idea... but I don't want any!...


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:29 AM

Some people already have them.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:32 AM

What a load of nonsense.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:57 AM

sex would be so much less fun


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:10 PM

Unless our diet radically changed there would be no evolutionary an biological advantage for a simian species like us to have beaks.
Even though some species of birds have ridges inside their beaks that serve as "teeth" so to speak, our particular evolutionary path took us far away from even the barest prospect.

Actually it would seem our entire skull would undergo a major makeover to accommodate the muscles needed for beaks, especially if they are used to crack open hard things like brazil nuts or whatever.
Personally I would prefer longer canines...and claws.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:46 PM

I think the evolutionary need for speech will far outweigh the need to transition to a beak.

Nice midterms democrats.  As Pelosi says, "Embrace the suck".

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 01:04 PM

Haven't we already had Beaker people?

The article also mentions growing as many teeth as we want back in 50 years?


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 01:35 PM

Could birds grow lips?


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:00 PM

Within a few milion years wll grow wings and fly to heaven !





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