Linksano paced down the short hallway, tugging at the hair above his ears with both hands.
“How could a time capsule permit some of its occupants to undergo the effects of the passage of time and not others?” he mumbled under his breath.
“After the first jump, none of them were natives of either the initius or the terminus, so that can’t be it.”
He padded back down the hallway, one hand still in his hair, the other fumbling in one pocket.
“It can’t be whether they were native to the time period the capsule came from; that’s only true of one of them,” he muttered.
Pausing at the end of the hallway, he fished a dry-erase marker from his pocket.
“Even if it had some way of isolating some of them from the chronotemporal field,
there’s no way they have a large enough population in a few gallons of seawater for natural selection to act on,” he stated to no one in particular. “Certainly not for macroscopic life.”
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