From: "Tony Ellis"
Subject: (urth) re: Shadow Children in the Lupiverse? (attn. Tony Ellis) Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 18:07:22 +0100 Hey Robert, glad to know you're still out there. I go for explanation 2: the Annese had the ability, but lost it, and cannot recover it due to Dollo's Law. If that doesn't make evolutionary sense, blame Wolfe, not me, because I don't think he would have slipped Dollo's Law in there unless that was the connection he wanted us to make. Victor may be self-taught, but we're given to understand that he is intelligent and a quick study, so I think we're supposed to accept his theory. I don't even have Victor's qualification to talk about Dollo's Law, but it seems to me that whatever could cause -some- colonists to lose their tool-using ability - harsh living conditions, the drug mentioned in 'A Story ', a conscious decision to return to primitivism - could also cause -all- colonists to lose that ability, especially if there was only a small number of them to begin with. There would be no viable tool-using population to lose-out to. --