And speaking or evolutionary precursors, I have questions about a couple of other fun creatures.
One involves the ‘roly poly’ that suggests something about the Creator’s sense of fun. Aka the ubiquitous pill bug, woodlouse or armadillid, it rolls up into an amazingly precise spherical shape. When I discovered the little-known fact that it delivers rectangular-ish, even square, excrement, I laughed out loud. (And I’m sure THAT detail was important for its adaptive survival! ) I still smile or chuckle when I think of it.
The other involves the early evolutionary precursors for the Issus planthopper, and what the narrative is about how the gears came to appear from an ‘ungeared’ predecessor, and only in the adolescent: