Four-Footed Turks

3:20 PM -- The definitive science news source, Yahoo! News! reports!

    The discovery of a Turkish family that walks on all fours could aid research into the evolution of humans.

    Researchers believe the five brothers and sisters, who can walk naturally only on all fours, may provide new information on how humans evolved from four-legged hominids to walk upright.

    Nicholas Humphrey, evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, told The Times the discovery opened "an extraordinary window on our past"...
Well, maybe...

    Two sisters and one son have only ever walked on two hands and two feet, while another daughter and son occasionally walk on two feet.

    All five are mentally retarded and have problems with language as a result of a form of underdevelopment of the brain known as cerebellar ataxia.

    However Humphrey told the Times their behaviour may be partly the result of their parents tolerating the behaviour in childhood...
I think the moral is: Mamas, don't let your children grow up to be quadrupeds!

— Red Panda, mentally acute quadruped, Light Reading

Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 4:03:16 AM
re: Four-Footed Turks So the burning question is; Are the parents mentally retarded, ignorant, lazy, or just stupid?

Or, how much of their situation is environmental? Caused by overwhelming amound of lead and other heavy metals in the environment. Isn't third world capitalism wonderful.

All this coming from a tree dwelling mammal they call Poonya.

Pulling the rug from under evolution.

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 4:03:08 AM
re: Four-Footed Turks They call you "Poonya"?
Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 4:02:46 AM
re: Four-Footed Turks Dear Poonya,

Design may be as inteligent as you like, but by definition this is a free will situation. A collosal terrarium if you will.

We are allowed to evolve or devolve as the case may be, at will. The fact that living organisms change as a function of time and circumstance has never been in question for me.

So the question is moot. It's like asking, what does walking on all fours have to do with the "what is the Best Beer Ever debate".


P.S. "...eight pints of Stella" OMG, Never allow your beer consumption to exceed your body weight!
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