New Werewolves – werewolf evolution
The werewolves that are being depicted in modern media is what many would call “new werewolves“. They are not the werewolves of yesterday with hair all over their bodies and an uncontrollable urge to attack people. The new werewolves are werewolves that resemble humans. This is what the media depicts, and alot of this has to do with what people are interested in in pop-culture today. But, if you leave media behind, a new question poses itself – are there really “new werewolves”? In other words, have werewolves been evolving the way that humans have evolved?
The study of human evolution is supported and studied primarily by way of fossils, but with werewolves, there are no fossils to analyze, so the question of evolution is left to speculation. There are some people that do speculate that werewolves have evolved over time. Those that believe this, cite a few things as prime examples. One big thing that these people tend to believe in the way of werewolf evolution is the change in size. They believe that werewolves have gotten bigger over time, much the same as humans have gotten bigger over time. This theory is supported by sightings. When analyzed, you’ll find that current eyewitness reports of werewolves depict larger sized werewolves than older reports which typically were merely wolf-size. And there are other things related to physical appearance that humans say have come with evolution- no tails, less-radical fangs, the inability to completely shift into wolf form…all of these things humans claim as part of “new werewolves”. But is this human perception and exaggeration? Do humans really know as much about werewolves as they think? Or is this all true and in fact evolution? That is the question that is still being debated.
Another thing that some say that supports werewolf evolution, is that alot of werewolf folklore references the fact that werewolves do not have any control over their transformations. Many modern-day werewolves however, have found transformation control as something that can be learned over time. There are those that claim that this control came as part of the evolutionary process. There are others however on the other side of the fence that say how can control be part of evolution? It is not evolution, but rather the better understanding that people now have of werewolves that makes them think that control of transformations is part of the so-called “new werewolves” and not the ancient ones.