Evidence of Spontaneous Metamorphosis in Mammals

As guest blogger for tonight I had intended to deliver an informative, yet witty blog about something, but I didn’t have time, so you’ll have to make do with this.

Many believed that examples of metamorphosis only occurred in insects, examples being the beautiful butterfly (Lepidoptera), gnats (Bradysia coprophila) and bluebottles (Calliphora). These are all ‘born’ as a grub-type insect, unable to fly, which spends its time feeding. These then pupate, to emerge some time later in their ‘adult’ form, ready to re-produce. It is an often-made assumption that this only occurs in the insect family.

A little known fact about the common cat, Felis Domesticus, is that a small percentage of these creatures (approx 3%) mutate into rabbits during a full moon. This is due to a rare, recessive genetic trait, passed down through the ‘Y’ chromosome of the male cat and appears to be more prevalent in the Manx breed. This lapinis state is often referred to as the ‘Cabbit’ phase. Photographic evidence has been obtained (as documented here), although much is historical.

This strange behaviour can be seen in many different and diverse species, such as the werewolf – who once a month turns from a normal, docile homo sapiens into a mad, flesh eating wolf and the female homo sapiens, who from the ages of approximately 14 to 55 turn into mad, hysterical, moody psychopaths for a few days once a month.

It is safe, therefore, to conclude that this metamorphic state is not restricted purely to the insect world.

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