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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 11:57 AM
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"the leopards kept eating my monkeys,"
Edited on Wed Aug-30-06 12:22 PM by underpants
Researchers Believe Human Eyesight Evolved to Help Avoid Deadly Snakes

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/DyeHard/story?id=23716...

Aug. 30, 2006 What miracle of evolution gave humans the ability to see details just inches away?

Snakes, says an anthropologist who has spent years trying to answer that question.

But Isbell points out that when snakes began to eat primates, it made sense for the monkeys and apes of Africa to develop better eyesight. A snake, after all, is pretty harmless unless it's close by. It's not likely to romp across the lawn to attack a human, or even a smaller mammal.

She decided to change course partly because of an old grudge. While researching primates in Africa, "the leopards kept eating my monkeys," she says. So when the data she was collecting suggested a new theory involving primate predators, she was willing to spend six years of her life delving into subjects she admits she initially knew little about. Like neurology.

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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 12:01 PM
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1. Doncha hate when that happens? n/t
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 12:02 PM
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2. the Dingo ate my baby
:rofl:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 12:24 PM
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5. Gentlemen, start your whacking!
-- Miss Springfield, ``Whacking Day''


http://www.snpp.com/episodes/9F18.html
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 12:05 PM
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3. What do the leopards have to do with the snakes?
That has to be some kind of coded message to secret operatives somewhere. It's such an odd quote.

The leopards keep eating my monkeys. The blue dog howls at the full moon. Cerulean is a gentle breeze.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 12:07 PM
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4. I'm sick and tired of the M********* leopards on this M********* PLANE!
:grr:

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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-30-06 02:20 PM
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6. Extraordinary eyesight my arse. If its more than 1 inch away I cant see it
In fact, I surprised at how shitty so many peoples eyesight is. I guess I would have been snake and leopard food.
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