Sunday Photo Fiction — Evolution

img_2014“This is the fossilized skull of an early species that inhabited this planet,” the guide said. “This species of mammal surfaced after the dinosaurs disappeared but before the earliest of the human beings.”

“It has human-like features,” Karla said. “But it’s huge, so much larger than humans were.”

“Well,” the guide said, “bear in mind that it lived in the same era as the larger mammals, like the Wooly Mammoths. They were much larger than the largest contemporary mammals, such as elephants.”

“But not as large as the dinosaurs that preceded them, right?” Diego said.

“That’s right, Diego. But when The Master realized that His dinosaurs were flawed, He created other life forms, including the large mammals, and this species, the manmoth,” the guide said, pointing to the giant skull.

“So what happened to the manmoth?” Karla asked.

“The Master, in His infinite wisdom, saw that the manmoth was unable to compete with the other large mammals, so He created smaller creatures that evolved into human beings,” the guide explained. “But when the humans almost destroyed His planet, He finally gave up on human life on this planet and focused His attention on creating intelligent life on our planet.”

(199 words)

Written for today’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt from Susan Spaulding. Photo Credit: Joy Pixley.

24 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — Evolution

  1. Sight11 July 29, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    I wrote a similar story when I was in high school, only difference was mankind was the antagonistic species, which was still surviving and destroying the other planets. Basically we were aliens of Alien.

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  2. Suze July 29, 2018 / 5:08 pm is a rock…… great story though

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    • Fandango July 29, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      It is, but how boring would my tale have been if the guide said, “Dude, it’s just a rock. The end.”

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      • Suze July 30, 2018 / 8:15 am

        oh I dunno..there could have been convo how how it looks like a skull, then the rock could suddenly come to life and eat people???? lol

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  3. Joy Pixley July 29, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    Sometimes the same idea occurs to me — let’s start over and see if we can construct an *actually* intelligent species this time. Fun take on the prompt!

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    • Fandango July 29, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      Thanks. Unfortunately I think that we seem to be regressing in intelligence as a human race these days.

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      • Joy Pixley July 30, 2018 / 5:34 am

        Well, we’ve never been able to tap into what the broad majority of people think so well; until recently, we only knew what the wealthy and highly educated thought. My guess is that the poorly educated people across history have been, well, poorly educated this whole time.

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    • Fandango July 29, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.


  4. michael1148humphris August 4, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Perhaps the makers design program is faulty,

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