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MoonHunter:
Evolution Rocks or Justification for modifiying book monsters.

You ever modify a book monster and have the players be annoyed that it didn't have the normal abilities of its type?  Well, sometimes things are not what they seem. Also, there are things that are not "average" as well.  If people give you grief about this, give them the URL

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/04/0414_030314_strangeape.html

A mysterious group of apes found in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa has scientists and conservationist scratching their heads. The apes nest on the ground like gorillas but have a diet and features characteristic of chimpanzees.
The apes are most likely a group of giant chimpanzees that display gorilla-like behavior. A far more remote possibility is that they represent a new subspecies of great ape. Researchers plan to return to the region later this month to collect more clues to help resolve the mystery.

What this article does not address, is that these Chimpanzesk creatures are on their way to becoming something other than Chimpanzees.  We just caught them before they really shifted.

manfred:
What this article does not address, is that these Chimpanzesk creatures are on their way to becoming something other than Chimpanzees. We just caught them before they really shifted.

Like ummm... becoming sentient, for example? :what:


Evolution is a powerful force.

MoonHunter:
It has yet to be proved that intelligence has any survival value.
--  Arthur C. Clarke

So far the intelligence experiment that Gaia is performing is not working out as well as one would hope.  

The Japanese Macaque Monkey, those cool monkeys in Japan that you often see covered in snow, who avoid the cold by spending much of the winter in the hotsprings, are my current canidates for next sentient on the planet.

CaptainPenguin:
I say Chimpanzees or Dolphins.

Ria Hawk:
I say the dolphins are already there.
"Man thought he was the more intelligent species because he had invented things like the wheel, New York, and war, whereas all the dolphins had done was just muck about in the water having a good time.  Strangely, the dolphins thought they were more intelligent for precisely the same reasons."  - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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