Just imagine the banner headlines if a marine biologist were to discover a species of dolphin that wove large, intricately meshed fishing nets, twenty dolphin-lengths in diameter! Yet we take a spider web for granted, as a nuisance in the house rather than as one of the wonders of the world. And think of the furor if Jane Goodall returned from Gombe stream with photographs of wild chimpanzees building their own houses, well roofed and insulated, of painstakingly selected stones neatly bonded and mortared! Yet caddis larvae, who do precisely that, command only passing interest.
Richard Dawkins–The Selfish Gene
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Flowers develop their colors and fragrances not only to attract pollinators, but to get humans to perpetuate them. (Humans have a lot to do with the breeding, but it still works.) Fruits and vegetables do the same.
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