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Binary Adders

Eight Types Of Snake
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A recent idea posted here jocularly suggested that all life evolved from giraffes. Whereas I don't accept this conjecture, it did serve to remind me of a misconception I used to have about snakes. I used to believe that snakes had long necks and long tails, with legless torsos, rather like slim limbless diplodoci. It turns out that snakes are not like that at all but in fact have long torsos with short necks and tails.

The other thing is that I believe that life elsewhere in the Universe will only rarely be anything like vertebrates here, but when it is, the serpentine form is relatively common because there are very many vermiform phyla on Earth and snakes are wormy, a simple shape, which incidentally also means there very probably are tribbles, so we can all be very happy about that.

Now, consider a terrestrial vertebrate. It has a head, neck, torso and tail, and in the case of this place usually also limbs. The bits which can make such an animal like a snake are its neck, torso and tail, and each of these can be short or long.

Therefore I posit the following cosmic snake classification system. There are eight types of snake, one of which isn't really a snake at all, which can be represented by a three- bit binary number. Each bit is set for a long section, cleared for a short one. It goes as follows:

Type zero: this is basically a tribble. It has short to no neck, short to no tail and a small torso. It looks like a zero in shape too.

Type one: Long neck, short body and tail, possibly no tail. This is an animal which is all neck, with a head and a tiny body at the base of the neck.

Type two: Long torso, short neck and tail. This is a snake as we know it, I think, although snakes might have long tails.

Type three: Short tail, long torso and neck.

Type four: short neck and torso, long tail. This animal poos disturbingly close to its mouth. It's also quite tough because it can be injured along most of its length without being killed, and if it's anything like a lizard can also regenerate most of its body (but better than a lizard can).

Type five: long neck and tail, short torso. More or less what I thought a snake was when I was a child. A bit like a Loch Ness Monster or a sauropod but without limbs.

Type six: Short neck, long torso and tail. I think this is probably an eel or a lamprey but I'm not sure. They exist on our planet but are usually aquatic.

Type seven: Long everything. This is like a sinuous long pliosaur or sauropod without limbs. It's the apotheosis of serpents and deeply groovy, but rather vulnerable to strangulation, so maybe it should be aquatic and either breathe through its gills or skin, or maybe cloaca.

There you go. I don't really know why I decided to lay that on you but it pleases me. I may be alone in that.

nineteenthly, Feb 11 2017

If you really must ..... https://www.amazon....ebook/dp/B013EU1XDK
[not_morrison_rm, Feb 11 2017]


       Ah, but your entire notion revolves around quadrupedia (the anatomy, not the movie). Quadrupedia defines the neck and tail in relation to the upper and lower limb girdles, and the torso as the bit in between. Quadrupedia, in turn, traces its origins back to fish with pectoral and pelvic fins.   

       It's quite possible that, elsewhere in the universe, the earliest animals with internal skeletons happened to have six or more proto-limbs. If so, they might well have defined the local vertebrate body plan. In that case, there might (for instance) be flying animals with two pairs of walking/grasping limbs and a pair of wings, and so forth.   

       A six-limbed vertebrate (assuming a 2+2+2 arrangement) would have a neck, two thoraces, and a tail. So you'd have to extend your system to be four bits long.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017

       Yes, something like that's in a book I wrote in fact but this is simpler.
nineteenthly, Feb 11 2017

       Link to book?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017

       I don't want to use this place to sell things.
nineteenthly, Feb 11 2017

       Fair enough. I promise not to buy it. Link?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017

       So we're type 2 snakes, then.
FlyingToaster, Feb 11 2017

       Speak for yourself, [FT].
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017

       It's called 'Here Be Dragons' unfortunately, which it turns out is a very popular title. It's the one with a leafy sea dragon on the cover. You can find it on Amazon under my current name.
nineteenthly, Feb 11 2017

       I lied.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017

       ^About which bit?
not_morrison_rm, Feb 11 2017

       About the promising not to buy it.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017

       Aha...I myself have a book on Amazon, but I don't want to sell stuff on here...   


       (realises it's not going to work..)
not_morrison_rm, Feb 11 2017

       It isn't, and so do I. But, out of curiosity....?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017

       I would like to go on record as saying that I have written no book but would probably flog the crap out of it on here had I done so.   

       (+) I've often wondered, if panspermia gets proven out, then does it stand that the original emergent life form of a planet, be it four-limbed, six-limbed, eight-limbed etc. would remain the dominant life form mold for that planet over exo-seeded life forms?
As in; there has never been an Arachnasaurus Rex... at least not on this planet.

       //But, out of curiosity....   

       Masochist...see link   

       Anyway, I just emailed you the pdf ver, I'm too idle to bill you..
not_morrison_rm, Feb 11 2017

       I temporarily took the one with the Savile reference off to remove the reference and never re-uploaded it. I seem to remember something else turned out to be nasty in hindsight too but can't remember what.
nineteenthly, Feb 12 2017

       Do binary half-adders play a role in this evolution drama?
LoriZ, Feb 14 2017

       Oh, I like that! I want to make it work somehow.
nineteenthly, Feb 14 2017


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