- When someone asks me, ‘what kind of oddfish is that?’ The best reply I can give is that, deep down, we’re all odd fish – and that it’s in the nature of being to wonder about your being.
A quote by David Attenborough started my project:
“All life is related”
All the world’s living creatures, including us, have our genetic roots in a common ancestor; an ancestor that came from the sea, from the boiling primordial soup that covered our planet four billion years ago.
Our appearance today is the result of a lengthy series of mutations that happened along the way. Some of us stayed in the sea, morphing into thousands of exotic forms – including fish; some left the sea to assume the shapes of insects, reptiles, birds and mammals, here on dry land.
The point is, that we all possess a little of bit each other – that it’s random how much or what – and that we are all originally born of the sea.
I zoom in on the details of what we call life. With pen or etching needle, I draw myself deep into the structures that make up the basic elements of an anatomy’s construction.
In my pictures, evolution continues its haphazardly mutating path; just like it does here on earth. We just don’t notice it’s happening though, and maybe feel that we’ve reached the final stage – and that as humans we are evolution’s crowning work.
But species will change as long as earth can provide a basis for life. If we forget that, we’ll become arrogant and disrespectful of other living creatures - and of the the planet we call home.
ARCHIVE OF THE SEA
My collection of notes:
"3000 Ma (million years ago) - The Moon, still very close to Earth, caused tides 1,000 feet (305 m) high. The Earth was continually wracked by hurricane-force winds. These extreme mixing influences are thought to have stimulated evolutionary processes. Life on earth likely developed at this time."
"Scientists are exploring several possible locations for the origin of life, including tide pools and hot springs. However, recently some scientists have narrowed in on the hypothesis that life originated near a deep sea hydrothermal vent. The chemicals found in these vents and the energy they provide could have fueled many of the chemical reactions necessary for the evolution of life."
V. Tunnicliffe, University of Florida
"Life began in the sea some 3000 million years ago. Complexe chemical molecules began to come together to form microscobic blops; Cells. These were the seeds from which The Tree of Life developed. They were able to spilt, replicating themselvs - as bacteria do - and as time past they diversified into different groups."
"A reconstruction of Earth's earliest ocean in the laboratory revealed the spontaneous occurrence of the chemical reactions used by modern cells to synthesize many of the crucial organic molecules of metabolism. Whether and how the first enzymes adopted the metal-catalyzed reactions described by the scientists remain to be established."
Scientists at University of Cambridge - Molecular Systems Biology (Journal)
"Earth's first animal was the ocean-drifting comb jelly, not the simple sponge, according to a new find that has shocked scientists who didn't imagine the earliest critter could be so complex."
Live Science Staff
"From a Neo-Darwinian perspective, evolution occurs when there are changes in the frequencies of alleles within a population of interbreeding organisms. For example, the allele for black colour in a population of moths becoming more common. Mechanisms that can lead to changes in allele frequencies include natural selection, genetic drift, genetic hitchhiking, mutation and gene flow."
Wikipedia - “Evolution”
"We tend to think about evolution as adaptations—everything has evolved in a particular way because that is the way that it works best. To some extent that’s true, things do get more suited to their environment over time. But it’s also true that things happen randomly and are not necessarily the best way to do something if you were going to design it from scratch. It’s just a way. Or it happened to be connected to some other gene. Things just happen."
"More than 99 percent of all species, amounting to over five billion species, that ever lived on Earth are estimated to be extinct at this time."
Novacek, Michael J.
"All life is related."