Saturday, January 21, 2006

Blue Green Algae

The New York Times reprints a scholarly article originally printed in the Scientific Advancement Society's Monthly Journal, Advances in Science Monthly, that shows the recent evolution of Blue-Green Algae. In the list of 7 kingdoms of life on Earth, Blue Green Algae is neither plant nor animal, and the life forms are very very small, so we generally don't care about them at all. You don't see much popular fiction with Blue Green Algae as the protagonist.

So it comes as a great surprise that this new article shows that Blue Green Algae is undergoing a rapid evolution from tiny tiny life forms to larger and more complex life forms. They've already broken the centimeter barrier and within 5 years should be as big as a meter.

Now, my fear, wholly unsupported by the study, is that it is only a matter of time before they start to evolve intelligence. And then what? THEN WHAT?????

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