Saturday, May 16, 2009

That's Evolution Years!

While working in a flower shop one's hands are busy all day but one's mind is not. This leads to lots of conversations with co-workers while all of you are arranging flowers. Being a bit of a science nut and having a tendency to go on and on and on about science news that interests me, usually beyond the tolerance of most mortals it's unsurprising that one day, when a co-worker was talking about dogs having a long history living with mankind, I regurgitated the latest tidbit I had heard on dogs.

I'd recently read that new DNA evidence from canine remains found in the Americas supported the idea that dogs had come out of Africa with human beings and crossed the Bering Strait with us some 50,000 years ago. I thought that was pretty cool and inoffensive so I shared that with my dog-loving co-worker.

What I got in response was, "50,000 years? That's evolution years!" as she looked at me, completely aghast.

What does one say to that?

It's the area I live in, unfortunately.


vjack said...

I have no idea what I'd say to that. I think I'd be speechless. Sadly, my opinion of the speaker would never quite be the same after that.

Luci said...

What the hell is "evolution years"? Is it the same as dog years? I have never heard the term, and cannot find it when I google either.

Kylyssa Shay said...

I think she was referring to the fact that mentioning a time span greater than 6,000 years means one probably believes evolution happened? Whatever it means, it pissed her off that I was talking about them, whatever "evolution years" might be.