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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 29
02-06-2010, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by geofftillman View Post
No romulans are literally Vulcans. They are simply a different nation of them. The Forehead ridges are there because the TNG makeup artists did not realize that. There is not enough time for the Romulans to physically evolve such a major change.
Why not?

The romulans supposedly left Vulcan arond 800bce, that's 3000ish years of seperation. If they had evolved a 6th finger and wings I'd agree with you, but cranial ridges becoming more/less pronounced over that time isn't outside the realm of possibility.

I've seen it postulated that the ridges are actually an indication of telepathic power. That on ancient Vulcan how pronounced the ridges were would have indicated how weak a person's psychic powers were. When they split the majority of the people who left were of weaker telepathic capability, and possibly wanted it that way, knowing how destructive uncontrolled telepathy had been to them in the past. So over the generations the more prominent ridges became the norm as less telepathically active mates became more desirable. Same way people on Earth are becoming taller, it's purely cosmetic evolution because desirable mates are the "tall, dark, and handsome" type.