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The creative society by Lars Tvede

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THE TAMINGOF LIFE

Nature seems to try almost everything. Over the course of billions of years it has created an unimaginable quantity of the most intricate, and sometimes distinctly odd, life-forms. In fact, in some cases, one wonders how certain creatures managed to survive competition (the peacock and sloth spring to mind), but when you study the cases in more detail, you find good explanations. Until, that is, you get to the sausage dog, or “Dachshund” (pictured below These are very cute, but they are are still half a dog high and a dog-and-a-half long, and their little legs are plainly ridiculous. So how on earth did nature select them? ...

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