A family of quadrupeds has been discovered living in Turkey. That’s right, five brothers and sisters that can walk only using their arms and legs together.
The siblings, the subject of a new BBC documentary to be aired on March 17, suffer from a genetic abnormality that may prevent them from walking upright.
Instead, they use their palms like heels with their fingers sticking up from the ground.
The BBC said the documentary would contribute to fierce scientific debate and raised profound questions about what it is to be human.
You may not know this, but any time there is a whiff of “fierce scientific debate” and “profound questions about what it is to be human,” you can be sure The Daily Dump will throw its hat in the ring. Unfortunately, no word whether this documentary will hit BBC America in the near future, so in the meantime I’ll be forced to rely on any one of my two or three British contacts to send me a tape of this documentary.
Here is a link to a video of the quadrupeds, which may be entirely real and fascinating, or entirely made up and lame, but is, in any event, making my mom cringe and scream at the monitor “I need their address, where can I send them some hand sanitizer?”
I don’t know if I have to cite where I got these pictures from, but I saw a bibliography attached to the paper and immediately went into college mode. So if you want to read the intellectual tome, here’s the link. Warning: It’s a snooze.