Is a Shark the most Highly-Evolved Life Form on the Planet?

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    Oct 30, 2014 2:19 PM GMT
    Discuss.
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    Oct 30, 2014 2:21 PM GMT
    I don't know. You tell us. What is your opinion about humans?
    Do we match upto you guys? Only thing I know about sharks is that they have this big scary teeth, and if humans had similar teeth, we can outpower sharks.
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    Oct 30, 2014 2:22 PM GMT
    __morphic__ saidI don't know. You tell us. What is your opinion about humans?

    The bony ones are wonderfully crunchy.
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    Oct 30, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    Naturally the issue is how the term "highly-evolved life form" is defined. I will immediately state that reasoning intelligence is not necessarily that criteria.

    A species evolves in order to survive. Many different strategies to achieve that goal can be developed. Intelligence is one (which a shark most definitely lacks), and physical suitability to one's environment is another (which a shark most definitely possesses).

    In terms of survival longevity, the shark species is the oldest among large animals. The first generally accepted shark fossils are from about 420 million years ago, in the Silurian period. Modern shark fossils appear about 100 million years ago, contemporaneous with the dinosaurs. A shark swimming in sight of a hadrosaur plodding near the shore in the late Cretaceous would look much like a shark swimming near our modern Haulover Beach in the late afternoon.

    If "highly evolved" means the ability to survive as a species, if that is the goal of life on Earth, then yes, a shark may win the prize. Modern humans, by contrast, are only a few hundred thousand years old. And hominids in general only extend back a few million years. Our human longevity and therefore success as a species has yet to be proven.

    Our species chose intelligence as the path to adapting to our environment. And now, of course, we can even change the environment to a great degree. Whether that will continue to work in the long run remains to be seen. Our intelligence may yet be our undoing, fouling our own nests to our destruction. icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 30, 2014 2:48 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIf they became vegetarian then yes. icon_wink.gif

    What kind of a shark would turn down a tempting morsel of weak swimmer??
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    Oct 30, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
    Depends on the kind of shark and his origin. One could
    claim that a shark schooled in the art of "sharkspeare" ranks certainly.....
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    Oct 30, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidDepends on the kind of shark and his origin. One could
    claim that a shark schooled in the art of "sharkspeare" ranks certainly.....
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    I must admit a shark that wears a top hat, monocle, carries a cane and sports a mustache has to be very evolved.

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    Oct 30, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
    Well, sharks have survived mass extinctions and have been here for millions of years.
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    Oct 30, 2014 3:15 PM GMT
    They can't be that amazing because even the genetically engineered brainy sharks in Deep Blue Sea couldn't beat Ice-T.
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    Oct 30, 2014 3:20 PM GMT
    Ohno saidThey can't be that amazing because even the genetically engineered brainy sharks in Deep Blue Sea couldn't beat Ice-T.

    And don't forget the sharks with laser beams on their heads, as Dr. Evil wants created.
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    Oct 30, 2014 3:46 PM GMT
    The most highly evolved form of shark is obviously the Great White.

    Oh no he didn't. icon_eek.gif

    Seriously, if I can recall the prologue from the novel "Jaws" correctly (it has been 37 years since I read it) the shark is the one creature that barely evolved, if at all, from the days of the dinosaur. Perhaps there was no need as it was the perfect killing machine. Apt.
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    Oct 30, 2014 5:13 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
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    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIf they became vegetarian then yes. icon_wink.gif

    What kind of a shark would turn down a tempting morsel of weak swimmer??

    A highly evolved one.....? icon_razz.gif

    Touché icon_biggrin.gif

    And not insulting my good friend Sharkspeare, just enjoying a playful thread with him. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 30, 2014 5:45 PM GMT
    No
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    Oct 30, 2014 5:50 PM GMT
    Bonapart saidNo

    A "no" implies you have a better candidate. Or else your "no" would have no value. What do you propose is more highly evolved than the shark?
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    Oct 30, 2014 6:08 PM GMT
    Highly evolved, but retaining a certain exciting primitiveness. Sex with a shark has been reported sometimes to be extremely edgy, with much flashing and gnashing of teeth. Best left to the highly experienced.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHUm6cgLbYY
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    Oct 30, 2014 6:09 PM GMT
    silver_phoenix said
    Art_Deco said
    Bonapart saidNo

    A "no" implies you have a better candidate. Or else your "no" would have no value. What do you propose is more highly evolved than the shark?


    Your selfie naked wrinkly old carcass on a faggy rainbow beach towel proves your an evolutionary throwback.

    What are you doing on Realjock you dirty old goat?


    shut up loser, if that is your only problem with him then you are an ageist moron
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    Oct 30, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
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    Bonapart saidNo

    A "no" implies you have a better candidate. Or else your "no" would have no value. What do you propose is more highly evolved than the shark?


    simple no says more than 1000 words
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    Oct 30, 2014 6:15 PM GMT
    Bonapart said
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    Bonapart saidNo

    A "no" implies you have a better candidate. Or else your "no" would have no value. What do you propose is more highly evolved than the shark?

    simple no says more than 1000 words

    In some cases. This is just a game. You might consider having some silly fun.
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    Oct 30, 2014 6:16 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Bonapart said
    Art_Deco said
    Bonapart saidNo

    A "no" implies you have a better candidate. Or else your "no" would have no value. What do you propose is more highly evolved than the shark?

    simple no says more than 1000 words

    In some cases. This is just a game. You might consider having some silly fun.


    I guess I missed the ''fun'' part
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 30, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    What about a gator
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    Oct 30, 2014 6:25 PM GMT
    silver_phoenix said
    Your naked wrinkly old carcass on a faggy rainbow beach towel selfie proves your an evolutionary throwback.

    What are you doing on Realjock you dirty old goat?

    I'm contributing more advice and information to guys here than you can even begin to know. And with far better grammar.

    And actually, for 65, I'm not all THAT wrinkly, let's be honest. We've all seen worse. Certainly pudgy, still losing weight after my cancer treatment, wanna lose another 40 pounds. Sometimes you put weight on during certain types of cancer, don't always become a skeleton.

    But hey, I am what I am. and just like being gay, I don't disguise it. If you wanna make that an issue with me, to denigrate my RJ posts over it, fine. But just be aware of how that makes YOU look, my ageist troll. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 30, 2014 6:53 PM GMT
    To Sharkspeare: Sorry your whimsical little thread has been hijacked by a gay-bashing troll, who has an obsession with stalking me. We've got a couple of them operating here at the moment. Wish we had a working Admin again, to control this.

    I'll drop out to prevent further thread derailment. You always know how to reach me. It's a shame the bad guys are getting to win here. BYE!
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    Oct 31, 2014 10:58 AM GMT
    silver_phoenix said
    Wish we had an admin that cleared out sissy faggot trolls, dirt old bugger trolls from a site for masculine jocks.icon_sad.gif

    Then you'd be the first one banned, you obese basement-dwelling fake.
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    Oct 31, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    Sharks are scary. Hi Sharky!
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    Oct 31, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    Yes and no. They are obviously the perfect ocean predator because they haven't physically changed much in 300 million years. But all fish brains are hundreds of millions of years behind mammal brains in development and complexity, so needless to say, we humans still have a gargantuan superiority over sharks, when all is said and done.