Mursi and Surma girls from Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa
By Hans Silvester
Duan Qiongxiu from Suining, southwest China, discovered a snake with a foot growing out of its body.
"I woke up and heard a strange scratching sound. I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw."
Her reaction was to grab her shoe and beat it to death…probably not the best idea.
Afterwards she preserved it in a bottle of alcohol.
This would be an example of an Atavistic structure.
Who would have guessed I would actually use my biology lessons in real life?
Snakes evolved from legged reptiles, and they even still have hip bones, though normally no legs grow from them, but the genes are still there. If those genes are ‘reactivated’ you get odd structures like this. Other examples include teeth in chickens (birds descended from dinosaurs, like raptors!), and even some instances of leg-like structures in whales and dolphins.
I should take more Biology.