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The Egg or the Chicken?

Updated on January 31, 2012

Fur, Feathers, Scales, Hair or Hide

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An often used phrase is: which came first, the Chicken or the egg. I could not even hazard a guess as to the answer to that. However I have a similarly puzzling thought that there may be an answer to.

The thought is this: Apart from humans, all other species on our planet have their bodies covered in either fur, hair, feathers, scales or a thick hide. These are to protect them from the climatic hazards of this planet. Why then do we not have any of the above, we live here too?

OK, I know, people say that because we are capable of creating technology, we can make clothes and artificial homes to keep us warm, therefore we no longer have need for these things.

This though was not the case in the beginning of our existence. At that time we must have evolved with natural protections, technical expertise came later. How much later?

The experts say that man has inhabited the planet for tens of thousands of years but that is a mere second in evolutionary terms. To have evolved into a creature that does not need natural protection must have taken a lot longer than that.

Alien Tampering?

An Alien Slave Master?
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1. One possibility is, as ancient alien theorists claim, that somewhere in our ancient history, we were visited by aliens. They theorize that these aliens altered our DNA to make us more practical in working their mines. If this were the case, then perhaps that is when we lost our natural protection.

2. A second possibility is that we have in fact, been around for millions of years. We slowly learned how to clothe and house ourselves. Having fully learned these crafts, we continued to live for millions more years, during which time we slowly evolved into what we are today. Is it possible that as we extended our technical knowledge, we brought about some kind of nuclear devastation to our species, literally destroying all the technology and so knocking them back to a new stone age? They would be left without the technology and the natural protection. Is it only back to this point in our history that we have so far discovered?

3. Another possibility of course is that it happened like in the Bible, that God created us. I have a problem with this one though. If you believe that God made Adam and Eve, then you also probably believe that God made the planet. If this were the case, God knew what climatic hardships they would face, yet did not see fit to clothe them. It was only after having ate the apple that they felt the need for clothes and then it was to hide their shame. Either of the first two, to me, is more logical.

4. The last possibility is, as some have suggested, that we are in fact the aliens to planet Earth. That some other race brought us to Earth to mine for them. This smacks of logic but my problem with that is that, considering the abundance of life on this planet, surely one species would have become predominant? What happened to that species? Perhaps it was the giants which the Bible speaks of. If so, then again, what happened to them? Were they exterminated to extinction by our slave masters or herded underground never to be seen again? Again, if so, why have we not found any evidence of this? So, once again one of the first two seems more logical.

This is only my logic. I would be interested to learn what others think and so please participate in my poll before leaving, thanks.

Why do you think it is that humans have no natural protection from the elements?

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      somethgblue 6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      As well you should, if only there were more like you then we could have our NWO and you could simply inherit the World when we are finished raping it.

      Oh wait, the whole world is full of frightened lambs waiting for the slaughter, my bad!

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      Sir Payne 6 years ago

      You are all intellectual titans. Whatever you believe is fact, and everybody else is wrong. You make up the definitions of words, and everybody else helplessly follows because you, commenters, are always correct. You know the truth, but you don't need proof. Proof is something needed only by the weakminded. Whatever you say is just how it is. If others don't agree with you, than they are stupid. Your claims are facts, purely because they came out of your mouth. The world should revolve around each of your ideas, and Science should bend to your every whim. You, those above me, and below me, are masters of the unknown. I, like a scared child, tremble beneath the shadow of your vast knowlege.

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      grace+georgia 6 years ago

      i have just been browsing on the internet and i came across this, i found the alien picture amusing and appealing.. is it real!?:O

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      scottcgruber 6 years ago from USA

      Rafken: In science, a theory is what you have when a hypothesis is verified by experiment and fact. It is a working model that explains an observed natural phenomenon. A theory never becomes a fact - facts are the bits of data that support a theory.

      To use your examples of dark matter and dark energy, there have not yet been particles or forms of radiation found that can be definitively classified as dark matter or dark energy. These are placeholder names for effects that have been confirmed through observation. While nobody quite knows what they are, there is ample proof that they exist.

      In the case of dark matter, the proof of the effect is in the rotation curves of distant galaxies:

      In the case of dark energy, the proof of the effect is in the acceleration of galaxies as measured by observation of the redshift of type 1a supernovae:

      It would not be correct to call either of these a theory, as there has been no dark matter particle or dark energy wavicle identified, and no testable working model produced that explains how they work. However, multiple observations confirm that the effects they refer to are real.

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      somethgblue 6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      According to evolution we all started as single cell existing in the primordial soup and life started through some miraculous process that no scientist has ever explained. From that we are expected to believe Humans evolved, the first 'primates' looked more like a modern day squirrel, than an ape.

      If evolution is a fact and a theory why does it not meet the criteria of either?

      Monkeys and Apes are two entirely different species and we evolved from both, WOW the theory of evolution seems to keep evolving . . .

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      BeccaWood 6 years ago from Southaven, MS

      All I am going to say is that if you payed attention to the evolutionary chain, you would have figured out that we evolved from monkeys and apes. That means we did start out with fur. Our universe is a complex system, not magical. We all wish our lives are magical but then there is reality.

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Scott - I think that you are the one that is confused. A theory is only that until proof is found. After that is stops being a theory and becomes a fact. Show me the proof there is dark matter or energy, show me the proof of what is outside of our solar system. These are all theories. Theories are based on logical thinking. logical thinking is not just believing what you read, exercise your mind a little. Thanks for dropping by.

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      scottcgruber 6 years ago from USA

      Possibilities must be grounded in some form of logic. The idea that aliens either created or engineered humans to work in their mines defies logic, in addition to being unsubstantiated by even a single piece of evidence.

      Let's just look at this logically for a moment. If you were going to engineer a creature to work in an underground environment, why would you give it vision in the visible light spectrum? Surely infrared would be more useful for seeing in dark mine shafts. And our limbs are useless for digging without tools - not a very good genetic engineering job, is it?

      To call an idea a theory means that there is evidence to support it. There is no evidence to support any of these ridiculous alien DNA tampering or manufactured moon or reptilian enslavement ideas. Just a self-reinforcing pseudoscience echo chamber. I find it pathetic that now, in an age when raw scientific data is widely available to the public, seemingly intelligent people are passing off this nonsense as fact.

      If you don't like it, don't read my comments.

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      somethgblue 6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee


      What part of possibility do you not understand, and who said anything about Aliens being necessary. I doubt the human race petitioned their Gods to make them into slaves to improve their quality of life.

      Do you just go from hub to hub and leave annoying self righteous comments or just the ones I follow, can't you get your own hub life?

      It's not actually a theory, it's a tumor!

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      scottcgruber 6 years ago from USA

      Only one of your "theories" is actually a theory - number two. The rest are just wild speculation. To be a theory, an idea must have some evidence supporting it.

      The genus homo evolved over millions of years, branching into the now-extinct homo ergaster, homo erectus, homo neanderthalensis and others before branching off into homo sapiens.

      We may not have had scales or claws, but we had big brains with abstract reasoning ability. This trait not only allowed us to avoid the rustle in the grass that was a hungry sabre-toothed tiger, but it also gave us the ability to turn sharp rocks into spears and knives. Then we learned to make fire, allowing us to cook meats, kill pathogens, and fortify our brains with better-quality nutrients. These advances were the key to our success. No aliens or deities necessary.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Interesting. I have a couple of observations: First, the chicken (and its egg) were preceeded by a wild Indian fowl which was gradually domesticated (one theory I heard)

      Secondly: We were probably quite hirsute once, although as man's ancestory is traced to tropical Africa, we didn't need a lot of added warmth. Hair doesn't show up clearly in much of the fossil record perhaps.

      WE seem to have charted our progression pretty well from the time of the planet's cooling, so I doubt the other scenarios of Aliens, etc.

      But you're making us think from down in the jungle there!


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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 6 years ago from The Ozarks

      Very interesting and well thought out! Had to go with the alien choice, if for no other reason than that sounds the most interesting to me! Very cool hub!

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      somethgblue 6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Well let me be the first to say that I could have easily voted for 3 of the 4 choices, but chose The Alien DNA tampering theory as it most closely fits my paradigm.

      I gotta go with the story that we are a combination of 14 different Alien species DNA, mostly half Reptilian and Lyran, but with some others mixed in. I suspect that we were initially created for slave purposes, but once we were given the ability to procreate, we got busy doing just that.

      I suspect that some civilizations far more advanced than humanity has ever achieved have come and gone on this planet and we are the last.

      I suspect that there is a very few human sellouts and Aliens running the show and we are for all intensive purposes still are slaves we are for the most part too stupid to realize it.

      As far as the need for fur or any other protection from the elements, I would propose that is what the Moon was created for, to provide a fairly temperate climate.

      However since we are obviously being lied to on a wide range or topics, than who the hell really knows?