How? How is it possible that a bird is more closely related to a crocodile than a turtle?
At least we're not the only ones confused about all these evolutionary genetics, Tumblr user aplpaca started this interesting (and very confusing) thread.
Penguins aren't exactly formidable creatures, are they? Although Emperor penguins can reach up to 4 feet 2 inches, they always seem super friendly and cute. Now imagine a penguin the same height as you. That changes things. Penguins the size of humans... the idea sounds like it comes from science fiction. But it actually just comes from science. It was recently discovered that giant penguins used to exist. We are not kidding.
Evolutionary anthropologist Dorsa Amir shared the story behind eight intriguing pieces of evolutionary baggage that humans carry with them to this day. These evolutionary leftovers include traits like your tailbone or wisdom teeth and are called vestigial structures.
Macaws are known as the giants of the parrot world and are informally classified into two groups: large macaws and mini macaws. Check out these amazing photos portraying the evolution on an Ara, one of the species at the large macaws group. Nature is indeed beautiful!
French painter, art theorist and philosopher Charles Le Brun, along with other disciplines, took an interest in the study of physiognomy, i.e. the study of the relationship between facial features and character. In his work, ''Treatise on facial expression,'' Le Brun depicted fascinating images showing what humans would have looked like if they had evolved from different animals. The result of the painter's fantasy are really quite bizarre, but well worth a look. Via: Brightside