Evolutionary Biologists Find That Laziness Is A Legitimate Survival Skill

Submitted by: fancylad 4 weeks ago in Science

The lazy shall inherit the Earth!

An excerpt from UPI: New analysis of species' metabolic rates during the mid-Pliocene epoch suggests higher energy expenditures put animals at greater risk of extinction.

The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, suggest laziness is an effective longterm survival strategy.

When scientists tracked the fates of mid-Pliocene species over the last 5 million years, they found species with higher metabolic rates were more likely to have disappeared.

"Those that have lower energy maintenance requirements seem more likely to survive than those organisms with higher metabolic rates," Luke Strotz, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kansas' Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum,
said in a news release.

Scientists studied the metabolic and extinction rates of mollusk taxa because the animals are abundant in the fossil record. The research could help scientists predict which modern species are most at risk of extinction.

"Maybe in the long term the best evolutionary strategy for animals is to be lassitudinous and sluggish -- the lower the metabolic rate, the more likely the species you belong to will survive," said Bruce Lieberman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. "Instead of 'survival of the fittest,' maybe a better metaphor for the history of life is 'survival of the laziest' or at least 'survival of the sluggish."
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Male 1
Haha, thats good to hear. I know now i will have a long life and many descendants!
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Male 972
Some have surely not disappeared: the Tasmanian Devil or the Honey Badger! Wolverines too... lolz!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_badger

Anime has it covered also:
https://moesucks.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/killing-bites-0109.jpg
(picture too big, she's wearing bikini-sized underwear)

A Surprisingly good show! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_Bites
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Male 8,605
Wait wait wait. Was it on here--on IAB, I mean--that someone recently told the story of a U.S. Navy officer who changed the ship's bearing to get a beam of sunlight off his face? I can't remember where I read that, but it was epic.
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Female 6,147
squrlz4ever 

"I was once on a US military ship, having breakfast in the wardroom (officers lounge) when the Operations Officer (OPS) walks in. This guy was the definition of NOT a morning person; he’s still half asleep, bleary eyed… basically a zombie with a bagel. He sits down across from me to eat his bagel and is just barely conscious. My back is to the outboard side of the ship, and the morning sun is blazing in one of the portholes putting a big bright-ass circle of light right on his barely conscious face. He’s squinting and chewing and basically just remembering how to be alive for today. It’s painful to watch.

But then zombie-OPS stops chewing, slowly picks up the phone, and dials the bridge. In his well-known I’m-still-totally-asleep voice, he says “heeeey. It’s OPS. Could you… shift our barpat… yeah, one six five. Thanks.” And puts the phone down. And then he just sits there. Squinting. Waiting.

And then, ever so slowly, I realize that that big blazing spot of sun has begun to slide off the zombie’s face and onto the wall behind him. After a moment it clears his face and he blinks slowly a few times and the brilliant beauty of what I’ve just witnessed begins to overwhelm me. By ordering the bridge to adjust the ship’s back-and-forth patrol by about 15 degrees, he’s changed our course just enough to reposition the sun off of his face. He’s literally just redirected thousands of tons of steel and hundreds of people so that he could get the sun out of his eyes while he eats his bagel. I am in awe.

He slowly picks up his bagel and for a moment I’m terrified at the thought that his own genius may escape him, that he may never appreciate the epic brilliance of his laziness (since he’s not going to wake up for another hour). But between his next bites he pauses, looks at me, and gives me the faintest, sly grin, before returning to gnaw slowly on his zombie bagel."
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Male 6,707
melcervini I recall that one, a great story.

Did I ever post the air force story about the SR-71 Pilots?
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Female 6,147
daegog Not sure?  Do it again! :)
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Male 8,605
melcervini Yes yes yes. That was you who told the story?
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Female 6,147
squrlz4ever I showed it to you, yes :D
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Male 8,605
melcervini I should've known. You gots all sorts of good shtuff.  :)
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Female 5,268
well that makes me feel better.
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Male 44,403
Heinlein did a story about a man who was too lazy to fail.
It's a short story contain within 'Time Enough For Love' which
is not a love story, more of a biography. 
Anyway, the man was so lazy he found the easiest way to do everything and made
a fortune with his innovations and inventions to make work easier.
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Male 2,465
Work smart so you can be lazy.
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3,478
See, I'm not lazy, I'm just very good at keeping up with yesterday. 
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