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26th Sep '16 4:17:26 PM SolipSchism
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** The characters find the lost city of {{Atlanta}}, in which the human inhabitants have evolved into mermaids. When Bender points out that this should have taken millions of years, the mayor's daughter explains that the caffeine from the Coca-Cola bottling plant sped things up.

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** The characters find the lost city of {{Atlanta}}, UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, in which the human inhabitants have evolved into mermaids. When Bender points out that this should have taken millions of years, the mayor's daughter explains that the caffeine from the Coca-Cola bottling plant sped things up.
31st Aug '16 8:32:06 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Caspak'' trilogy each individual begins as tadpole like creatures and slowly evolves over its lifetime until it reaches its proper niche where it stops. The one exception are the humans at the peak of this ladder, some of whom have reproduced the normal way.

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* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Caspak'' ''[[Literature/TheLandThatTimeForgot Caspak]]'' trilogy each individual begins as tadpole like creatures and slowly evolves over its lifetime until it reaches its proper niche where it stops. The one exception are the humans at the peak of this ladder, some of whom have reproduced the normal way.
12th Aug '16 3:38:39 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] of ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' built their society around a pseudo-religious philosophy in which their species must uphold the "Mantle of Responsibility", a position of galactic guardianship which belongs to "those whose evolution is most complete". Whether this is an actual tenet of the title as specified by the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Precursors]] or a means for the Forerunners to impose their will over [[FantasticRacism "lesser" races]] [[KnightTemplar while still claiming moral superiority]] is unknown.

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* The [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] of ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' built their society around a pseudo-religious philosophy in which their species must uphold the "Mantle of Responsibility", a position of galactic guardianship which belongs to "those whose evolution is most complete". Whether this is an actual tenet of the title as specified by the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Precursors]] or a means for the Forerunners to impose their will over [[FantasticRacism "lesser" races]] [[KnightTemplar while still claiming moral superiority]] is unknown.
2nd Aug '16 9:09:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* The short-lived show ''Series/{{Prey}}'' proposes that the next stage of human evolution is already here, living among us, preparing to replace us (the same way we "replaced" Neanderthals). The so-called Dominants (''homo dominant'') are emotionless killers with enhanced strength, intelligence, and PsychicPowers, as well as the ability to breed incredibly fast (with every HalfHumanHybrid ending up as a Dominant) and a pathological desire to kill "less advanced" primates, including humans and monkeys. Their appearance is handwaved as vaguely related to long-term global warming, and that they first "evolved" somewhere in Mexico. It's estimated that there are about 200,000 Dominants in the world, living among us and preparing to rise up. Some factions are striving for peace, while others (on both sides) would rather fight it out.
2nd Aug '16 9:00:39 AM ChronoLegion
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** The ''Next Generation'' episode "Genesis" had the crew "devolve" thanks to a "de-evolutionary virus". In addition to having the crew devolve to specific "levels", the Earth-species had their levels completely ''wrong''. Riker turned into a neanderthal-like creature (they split off from the human evolutionary tree), Picard begins turning into what Data suggests is some kind of lemur-like creature (which split off from monkeys/apes entirely) and Barclay turned into some sort of spider-thing (Which is...wait, [[CaptainObvious do we even need to state how fundamentally wrong that is?]]). What takes the cake is what poor Spot turns into. She ends up turning into an ''iguana'' which then somehow manages to [[spoiler: give ''birth'' to ''kittens'']].

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** The ''Next Generation'' episode "Genesis" had the crew "devolve" thanks to a "de-evolutionary virus". In addition to having the crew devolve to specific "levels", the Earth-species had their levels completely ''wrong''. Riker turned into a neanderthal-like creature (they split off from the human evolutionary tree), Picard begins turning into what Data suggests is some kind of lemur-like creature (which split off from monkeys/apes entirely) and Barclay turned into some sort of spider-thing (Which is...wait, [[CaptainObvious do we even need to state how fundamentally wrong that is?]]). What takes the cake is what poor Spot turns into. She ends up turning into an ''iguana'' which then somehow manages to [[spoiler: give ''birth'' to ''kittens'']]. The episode's explanation is that the virus is activating "junk" DNA, the unused genes that have somehow accumulated throughout the millennia.
2nd Aug '16 8:59:02 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/TimeTrax'': Humanity is depicted as being on the cusp of an evolutionary advance granting some (almost realistically) minor abilities such as greatly enhanced agility and the ability to "time stall" (Nothing strange and extratemporal: the term refers to an ability to alter the way the brain processes sensory data giving the ''perception'' of time slowing down). An episode featured protagonist Darien Lambert meeting a young boy with enhanced athletic skills similar to what's described above. Darien wondered if this boy might be the "missing link" between the present humanity and future humanity. In the end, it turns out the boy is himself from the future, brought there by his father when he was very young.

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* ''Series/TimeTrax'': Humanity is depicted as being on the cusp of an evolutionary advance granting some (almost realistically) minor abilities such as greatly enhanced agility and the ability to "time stall" (Nothing strange and extratemporal: the term refers to an ability to alter the way the brain processes sensory data giving the ''perception'' of time slowing down). An episode featured protagonist Darien Lambert meeting a young boy with enhanced athletic skills similar to what's described above. Darien wondered if this boy might be the "missing link" between the present humanity and future humanity. In the end, it turns out the boy is himself from the future, brought there by his father when he was very young. Future humans in general are stronger, faster, and smarter than present humans with a 30 beats-per-minute heartbeat and the ability to swim fast underwater for 20 minutes at a time. Interestingly, one episode seems to indicate that being present in the polluted present is slowly robbing future humans of their advantages.
27th Jun '16 12:44:11 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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30th May '16 11:51:18 AM Pseudoname
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* The monsters of ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' have these as a major part of the gameplay. They have three levels, with Stage 1 being weaker than the quartet of hunters, Stage 2 roughly equal, and Stage 3 much stronger. Besides the health bonus and extra abilities that come with evolution, the monsters grow larger and develop [[SpikesOfVillainy dorsal projections]] to show off their increased power.
29th May '16 4:36:04 AM Doug86
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** ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' All mutants comics dub mutants "homo superior", the "next step" in human evolution. A long-established but seldom-mentioned trait of Marvel's mutants is that they're a little tougher than a normal human of the same frame. E.g., In her solo comic, Dazzler mentions that one of the advantages of being a mutant is that she doesn't get tired as quickly as normal people, and the old Marvel-based RolePlayingGame gave all mutants + 1 level in the Endurance stat.

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** ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' All mutants comics dub mutants "homo superior", the "next step" in human evolution. A long-established but seldom-mentioned trait of Marvel's mutants is that they're a little tougher than a normal human of the same frame. E.g., In her solo comic, Dazzler mentions that one of the advantages of being a mutant is that she doesn't get tired as quickly as normal people, and the old Marvel-based RolePlayingGame gave all mutants + 1 level in the Endurance stat.



* ''Film/{{X-Men}}'': In the movies, despite insistence from Magneto that they are "homo superior," it's established that mutant powers are actually the result of a simple genetic carrier, "the mutant gene".

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* ''Film/{{X-Men}}'': ''Film/XMen'': In the movies, despite insistence from Magneto that they are "homo superior," it's established that mutant powers are actually the result of a simple genetic carrier, "the mutant gene".
9th May '16 7:28:02 PM DenisK21
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* ''Anime/Bleach'' has those pesky Hollows that evolve as they get stronger by eating other spirits. First, you have a regular cannibal ghost. Then, that Hollow gets strong enough (usually by eating and/or merging with other Hollows) to become a Gillian, the first level in what's called the "Menos Grande" class. If that Gillian keeps a mind intact, it can keep eating to become a smaller but stronger Adjuchas. In extremely rare cases, this development can continue and result in the human-sized, insanely-powerful Vasto Lorde.

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* ''Anime/Bleach'' ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has those pesky Hollows that evolve as they get stronger by eating other spirits. First, you have a regular cannibal ghost. Then, that Hollow gets strong enough (usually by eating and/or merging with other Hollows) to become a Gillian, the first level in what's called the "Menos Grande" class. If that Gillian keeps a mind intact, it can keep eating to become a smaller but stronger Adjuchas. In extremely rare cases, this development can continue and result in the human-sized, insanely-powerful Vasto Lorde.
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