I don’t believe in evolution – or rather, I don’t need to believe in evolution. It just happens, in the same way the earth goes round the sun, or a river carves out the landscape.
So the idea that the amazing diversity of life on this planet has come from millions of years of natural selection is a no-brainer for me – how the hell else did it get here? (without invoking the supernatural or spiritual… that’s cheating, in my book).
But every so often I have a little wibble about it, when I see something that just seems utterly improbable – most recently this:
Allegedly, this is Moeritherium – an ancestor of today’s elephants – seen on a trip to the Natural History Museum with my little niece. No offence, but it just looks ridiculous – look at those piggy eyes! The triangular head! The “Am I really a hippo?” identity crisis! But given that we have elephants today, it must have got lucky at some point.
So… over to you. In your opinion, what’s the weirdest, wackiest thing that evolution has served up to us? Either extant or extinct.