Evolution of Man

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A few billion years ago the world had just begun
Some molecules sat, replicating, gaily, in the sun,
And every day, some cosmic rays would set their replicating all astray,
And off they went to wend their way, on the evolution of man, and woman.

And after a billion years the molecule had grown,
Mutated into RNA all upon its own,
And soon it changed to DNA, then Eubacteria and archaea,
And I don’t have a clue what they are, in the evolution of man and woman.

So then we were just unicellular beings in the sea,
We fused ourselves with mitochondria to get energy,
Evolving went from leaps to bounds, the greatest slime mould to be found,
In the multicellular and astounding evolution of man and woman.

We soon evolved a body shape, a simple one at that,
Just a head and tail, we were wormy things and flat,
We didn’t have a backbone yet, we were still invertebrate,
But soon a backbone’s what we’d get, in the evolution of man and woman

Now we had a skeleton we’d swim with style and grace,
But vegetation had turned the land to a green and lovely place,
And since we were evolving still, we grew some legs and lost our gills,
Amphibious life on land was brill, in the evolution of man and woman.

We became warm blooded so we grew ourselves some fur,
And scurried round like little mice cos that’s what we were,
But it was hard to grow some more, that’s because the dinosaurs,
Would eat us up, there’d be no more evolution of man and woman.

One day a mighty meteor came down from out the sky,
And killed those nasty dinosaurs so the micey things could thrive,
So everything mammalian, grew bigger almost daily and,
You just ask a palaeontologist ‘bout the evolution of man and woman.

Soon our furry ancestors were swinging in the trees,
Eating fruit and looking cute and swinging merrily,
But swinging didn’t work at all, so we started walking tall,
Opposed our thumbs, lost fur and all, and we evolved into man and woman

And this is where our story starts drawing to a close,
We evolved a great big brain and started wearing clothes,
And we’ll evolve some more I think, if we don’t make ourselves extinct
And even though I’ve been succinct, That’s the evolution of man


from Science Songs, released January 7, 2008




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