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The most mind-bending instances of evolution

Most examples of evolution are pretty reasonable and easy to wrap your brain around: The fittest survive, they breed with one another, their offspring end up bigger, stronger, faster, smarter and/or just generally better suited for their environment, with occasional leaps forward courtesy of helpful mutations. But evolution, for all of its seeming simplicity, has left us with some bizarre artifacts. Collected here are some of our favorites.

These are the craziest evolutionary adaptations that we could think of, but we’re absolutely positive there are others out there. Feel free to use the comments section to list your favorites or just to tell us about how unfair we’re being to intelligent design proponents!

Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher & Podomatic. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information.

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