Evolutionary Biologists Say Cats May Walk Upright Within 700,000 Years
New research from the University of Paris suggests cat evolution is trending toward upright posture.
“More and more, we are seeing cats gaining survival advantages when they stand on their hind legs,” says Michel Ager, an evolutionary biologist involved in the study. “The increased height and potential use of the forearms is akin to the trajectory we’ve observed in primate evolution.”
But don’t expect to see cats walking around with top hats and canes anytime soon. Given their rate of reproduction and genomic resistance to mutation, Ager says it may take between 700,000 and 1 million years for any meaningful species differentiation to occur.
Lunchtime Links: Valentine’s Day Edition —
- St. Valentine was a priest who illegally married couples and wrote the first valentine to his jailer’s daughter prior to being beheaded.
- Google’s Valentine’s Day doodle includes gay couple.
- Obligatory: Someecards’ Valentine’s Day Ecards.
- Lunchtimes Leisure: Heart Solitaire.
- Lunchtime Lady: Girls in red.
- Lunchtime List: 8 Surefire Ways to get Dumped on Valentine’s Day.
Interrupting Bus Driver of the Day: A press conference on the Horseshoe Casino collapse nearly had to have its own press conference after a bossy bus driver almost rammed into attendees, just before getting out of the vehicle and ordering everyone to move so she can get by.
Local Cat Exhausted After Long Day of Napping
After a long day of napping, sitting on the window sill and watching squirrels, sleeping, stretching, lounging on that big chair in the living room, rolling over, snoozing on the bed, and yawning, one area cat was visibly tuckered out. Our thoughts are with him during this time.
Via JuliÃ¡n Ortega MartÃnez.