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kanyeknievel
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« on: 01-18-2013 01:27 »

I just realized this and it seems to make no sense to me, but I'm sure it has some answer.

Why didn't the Encyclopod either A. Take and store the DNA of all Cyclops' such as Leela ( even if she is a mutant and isn't REALLY a cyclops, then...) B. Why didn't he HAVE the DNA have Cyclops' and restore them back into the Universe if they were already extinct...

Because clearly Leela is the only Cyclops still alive in the Universe, and if she isn't they are very obviously close to extinction or extinct already.
The Sophisticated Shut In

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« Reply #1 on: 01-18-2013 02:09 »

Leela isn't a cyclops. She has one eye, but genetically, she's a mutated human - not a different species. We don't know that there is a cyclops species in Futurama canon, but Leela believed she was the only one of her kind, back when she thought she was an alien, so I'm gonna say no.

The Infosphere could probably make that clearer though.
TheMadCapper

Fluffy
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« Reply #2 on: 01-18-2013 18:55 »

"Species" is not a cut and dried term. Biologists argue all the time about what the definition is. They have a name for this: The Species Problem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Species_problem if you want to get an idea of it, just read the first six sentences.

Without getting into it, let's just use the common sense approach and say this - Leela's a mutant descended from human ancestors. There is no cyclops species in Futurama, unless you're going to describe every single mutant as a separate species. Which is more or less what Sophie was saying above, I think.
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #3 on: 01-18-2013 20:43 »

^This.
Also, when Bender rebooted in BBoIC, his system identified Leela as human.
AllEggsIn1Basket

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« Reply #4 on: 01-18-2013 20:44 »

Hmm. I wonder what the Encyclopod's stance would be on preservation of breeds of things? Breeds takes the species (and sub-species) complications one step further. How would the Encyclopod decide which should represent Canis familiaris, for example? A Great Dane? An Australian shepherd? A Puggle?

Does the series ever indicate when the mutants first became segregated from the surface? Perhaps enough genetic drift has occurred that mutants have at least become their own sub-species of Homo sapiens. Given the human race's murky past relationships with other branches of the Homo genus, at least we don't have to worry that if Leela and Fry are different sub-species they'll make little human-equivalent mules. 
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #5 on: 01-19-2013 01:09 »

at least we don't have to worry that if Leela and Fry are different sub-species they'll make little human-equivalent mules. 

A mutant and a guy who is his own grandfather...considering those messed up genes, they will be lucky if their offspring are just little human-equivalent mules big grin tongue
TheMadCapper

Fluffy
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« Reply #6 on: 01-19-2013 02:18 »

Almost like Futurama is a comedy series.
Xanfor

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« Reply #7 on: 01-20-2013 06:03 »

Almost like Futurama is a comedy series.

Oh, Cappy and his off-the-wall theories....
My Manwich

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« Reply #8 on: 01-20-2013 06:51 »

Wouldn't people with down syndrome or having 2 different colored eyes or someone born with extra toes be considered a mutant?
Googzeez

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« Reply #9 on: 01-20-2013 07:39 »

Wouldn't people with down syndrome or having 2 different colored eyes or someone born with extra toes be considered a mutant?
Everybody has DNA mutations, so we're all mutated. That's why I don't look like you.
MeatablePie

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« Reply #10 on: 05-11-2013 01:55 »

Wouldn't people with down syndrome or having 2 different colored eyes or someone born with extra toes be considered a mutant?
Everybody has DNA mutations, so we're all mutated. That's why I don't look like you.

I was waiting for someone to say that on this thread..
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