Re: [AAT] The Omelette Theory
- If caring for one's young is an example of The Omlette Theory, then that's where I stand as well. Another "crazy" theory that sheds light on the evolution of a conniving consciousness.
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From: Marc Verhaegen
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 2:59 PM
Subject: [AAT] The Omelette Theory
The Omelette Theory
By James P. Borrett and Alan Burrows
Sponsored by Rotamold
We would like to propose a hypothesis that teams of
oviraptor-like dinosaurs made a conscious choice to begin stealing the eggs
of other dinosaurs towards the end of the Cretacious Period. As they
proliferated this was enough to give the mammals a slight selective
advantage over the reptiles due to their anatomical nature (having marsupial
pouches, or being able to give birth to live young) and protective behaviour
towards their young, and combined with the over-predation of dinosaur eggs
this may have been enough to cause the catastrophic extinction of the
The winning team of oviraptor-like dinosaurs needed to escape
quickly from protective mothers and went on to become birds, developing
feathers and wings as means to control their manoeuvrability during swift
escapes before they eventually took to the air as true birds.
Mammalian parenting skills may well have been honed in response
to predatory birds.
I suggest that many other species went extinct as the
disappearance of the dinosaurs caused an ecological cataclysm.
I would like to test this hypothesis by proposing a second
hypothesis. I am suggesting that humans descended from a group of
chimpanzees that consciously chose to steal the eggs of their predators.
This allowed us to compete successfully with crocodiles for an amphibious
habitat. However, we may now face an even worse ecological cataclysm than
the dinosaurs did.
I fully maintain that these were conscious choices. The empty
vessel cannot fly.
Thank you for listening.
You cannot make an omelette without breaking some eggs.
I`m sorry to ask a favour but I`m having trouble sending this message to the
Paleoanthropology newsgroup,please could I ask you to post this on my
behalf, I have borrowed a freinds email account as I`m no longer on the net.
With Many thanks
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