Evolution

Abstract:

Evolution will on occasion act in ways that, on the surface, do not make perfect sense. While the examples mainstream science is aware of make far more sense once further investigation into the forces driving evolution of the population is performed, many of the lifeforms encountered by Legacy and other paranormal/anomalous groups have evolution working in truly bizarre ways: radical new features evolving in mere thousands of years, organisms from completely different ranges acting in specialized mutualistic relations when introduced to each other, and organisms taking evolutionary paths that seem nonsensical for their clade. Due to the high number of organisms currently in the care of Legacy that had unusual evolutionary histories, and the value of understanding evolution better, a study group was put together, drawing members of the Serpent’s Hand and Legacy, as well as independent scientists.

We used a combination of time travel logs, fossil/DNA records, scrying, and remote-viewing devices to investigate organisms that met two of five criteria relating to evolutionary histories. Our survey of these organisms reveal that a guiding force appears to be behind their evolutionary histories, and several remote-viewing sessions provided avenues of further inquiry for determining what these forces might be.

Background:

The first individual to note the possibility of anomalous forces influencing evolution was Richard Bergman (1804-1889), the founder of vulcabiology. His theories were initially dismissed as the product of the mind of a crackpot, in large part because he attempted to justify his religious and political views through vulcabiology and misinterpretations of the social structure of Ignafelis nigerius. The concept enjoyed a small but devoted following for several decades thereafter (the believers in the idea being colloquially known as Bergmanites), but gradually fell out of favor as cryptozoologists took an increasingly naturalistic view of the field.

After the discovery of an anomalous jellyfish currently in the possession of the SCP Foundation, and the gathering of organisms from it for study and captive breeding, interest in the possibility of anomalous forces acting on evolution spiked, with forty papers on the subject appearing in The Journal of Cryptozoology during the 1980s alone. At this time, however, all known anomalous forces affecting evolution seemed to merely accelerate it, even if there were an abnormal lack of negative mutations (Hartward, 1985). Furthermore, DNA sequencing was stil an emerging technology (even among the ranks of the Enlightened). It is thus only recently that a full survey (including genetic analysis) was possible.

With the advent of various methods, both magical and scientific, of directly viewing the past, interest in the exact forces acting on evolution spiked again. Given that the results of the attempts to sequence the genes of Nigerian lava cats (Ignafelis nigerius) and heat sludge (Limus ignus) were complete failures due to the mechanical problems that only manifested when the genes of those organisms were sequenced, interest in how these organisms evolved grew as well. The combination of these two interests lead to the first attempts to gather information on the evolutionary history of volcano-dwelling organisms.

These efforts turned up mixed results. Repeated attempts to determine a method to sequence the genes of volcano-dwelling organisms resulted in the discovery that they were using a novel set of base pairs (the purine being dubbed pyromine and the pyridimine being dubbed thermine).

Methods:

Our survey was of all known species that met two out of five criteria:

  1. Developed novel adaptations in an incredibly short amount of time (thousands of years, for instance)
  2. Developed specific traits that led to the possibility of a symbiotic relationship with another specific organism despite that organism not being present
  3. Took an extremely unusual path for a member of its clade
  4. Developed anomalous capabilities
  5. Took evolutionary paths that did not appear to confer any advantage1

Species were disqualified if they had any of the following traits:

  1. Being spontaneously altered to form a new species
  2. Being of extrauniversal descent
  3. Being spontaneously created ex nihilo

Each species that met our requirements had its DNA sequenced and had a detailed analysis of its fossil record and evolutionary history performed.

Results:

A total of 1189 species met our requirements, with an analysis by clade indicating high concentrations among various carnivore clades, cetaceans, primates, trees, and archaebacteria clades (see Figure 1).

In addition, we noted various out of place artifacts in various points of time.

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