Two extinct animals that have become symbols for the inability to adapt to change are the dinosaur and the dodo. Dinosaurs ruled Earth, but died out when a meteor strike changed the planet’s climate. Dodos were perfectly acclimatized to the island of Mauritius, but succumbed to the depradation of Dutch settlers and their dogs. Despite their use as symbols of maladaptation, neither was an evolutionary failure; sudden catastrophe, not gradual change, did both in.
Humans, thankfully, are very adaptable.
Alki Editor: Cameron A. Johnson
Alki Editorial Committee: Lynn Barnes; Theresa Kappus; Brian Soneda; Rayette Sterling; Bonnie Taylor; Konny Thompson; Erin Krake, Intern; Mary Wise, Chair; Margaret Thomas, Asst. Editor
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