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Study Finds Humans Still Evolving, and Quickly


Science & Tech  (tags: evolution, ancestors, humans, europe, asia, africa, agriculture, disease, genes, dna, cattle, nutrition, siciety, culture, science, technology, research, investigation, humans )

Tom
- 1827 days ago - latimes.com
The pace of human evolution has been increasing at a stunning rate since our ancestors began spreading through Europe, Asia and Africa 40,000 years ago, quickening to 100 times historical levels after agriculture became widespread, according to a study.



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Roseann D. (178)
Tuesday September 15, 2009, 8:21 pm
Everyone knows Republicans DO NOT evolve. They've told us so over and over again...and in their case, it's the only believable thing that's ever come out of their mouths.
 

Ben Oscarsito (337)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 1:39 am
The other day I heard that only 39% americans believe in evolution.
I don't know what to say...
 

Alice C. (1797)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 4:56 am
Thanks for the morning chuckle Roseann ! Some people refuse to learn.
 

mary f. (178)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 5:01 am
thanks tom thanks roseann and ben
 

Mike Tedesco (65)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 6:02 am
All of mankind is EVOLVING whwther they are CONSCIOUS of this or not! 5D

Wake up Save Our Earth..Get Conscoius Now! Evolution...Scott Shaubel...Agrogreen Canada...
 

Annie J. (205)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 6:07 am
perhaps there is still hope for the compassion gene to emerge !!!!
 

Gudrun D. (417)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 8:08 am
When hunters who hunt for fun are extinct that will be a happy day for planet Earth. Are they an endangered species yet?
 

Margi L. (129)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 8:16 am
Not quickly enough.
 

Christoph Wuth (72)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 2:53 pm
Evolution was not a new idea, even in Darwin's day. Long before the time of Christ, philosophers had explained the great variety of plants and animals by proposing "natural" ways they could have developed. The Christian bishop, St. Augustine, thought that some species of plants and animals had developed from earlier creations. Before 1600 Sir Walter Raleigh concluded that dogs had turned into wolves and that the different races of men were related.

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Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 3:09 pm
Thanks Tom
 

Susan Savion (10)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 4:13 pm
Extremely interesting.
 

Heidi B. (4)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 4:24 pm
I think some humans refuse to evolve , sigh!
 

Julia A. (2)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 7:04 pm
Evolution is just change in response to the environment it is not a dialectical process by whic humans advance or necessarily improve on themselves. So, if the less compassaionate surive they will predominate.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 9:49 pm
"So, if the less compassaionate surive they will predominate"

Scary thought, Julia! I'm afraid that might happen ... On the other hand, let's hope compassion prevails ... at least in pockets here and there.
 

. (0)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 7:44 am
On the one hand the bible mentioned there were giants on the earth??? Lets hope we don't evolve toooooooooo much... as we are not doing a very good job on this planet with the amount of intelligence we have been given
 

Jamie Clemons (279)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 11:17 am
we are still not evolving fast enough.
 

Joanna D. (216)
Friday September 18, 2009, 2:24 am
I recommend "Evolution" by Korn
Julia A. you're right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It seems to me we evolve in direction of biorobots not intelligent beings

Ben..... LOV U

 

Sue L. (26)
Friday September 18, 2009, 6:03 am
"Among the fastest-evolving genes were those related to brain development, but the researchers aren't sure what made them so desirable, Hawks said."

Considering the state of the world, i.e., war, famine, genocide, destruction of the environment and man's cruelty to man and animals - I'm wondering whether "brain development" has served us all that well.

I liked Bigcatrescue's comment that there still may be hope for the emergence of a compassion gene.
 

Ben Oscarsito (337)
Friday September 18, 2009, 8:43 am
"The Theory of Evolution Made Easy"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w57_P9DZJ4
 

Ben Oscarsito (337)
Friday September 18, 2009, 8:50 am
"Rise of mankind"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFmWIztqhG8&feature=related
 

Irvn R. (44)
Friday September 18, 2009, 4:30 pm
Sop why is it only ppl in northern Europe have lighter skin .. Siberians, Eskimos, Inuits, Aleutians and Laplanders are all kinda dark, and they have adapted so much better to the cold than my ancestors..
 

Shevlin R. (10)
Friday September 18, 2009, 11:12 pm
LOL because of Roseann Dudrick's comment. I'm afraid there are some Democrats that fit that mold, too.

Irvn R., it could be that because they live in such cold environments and are heavily layered in clothes that it doesn't matter about sunlight reaching their skin because it is almost always covered. Northern Europeans get some weeks of coatless weather in the summer. Disclosure: This is a completely off-the-cuff guess.

Personally, I believe our capacity for knowledge is evolving too much faster than our capacity for common sense.
 

Madeleine L. (51)
Saturday September 19, 2009, 12:30 pm
Sorry, I can't find it in me to recognize the statements made by these researchers. On the basis of the research they did , it is ludicrous to make statements like: 10,000 years ago there were no humans with blue eyes; or the one about 'races' not existing 20,000 or so years ago.... define 'race'! There is more genetic variation on the continent of Africa than between all "races' read 'color' combined. The extremely varied facial, height, skeletal structure of people on that continent is extraordinary. That makes sense, when we consider that the first beings called 'human' came from one particular area of Africa, spread on the continent, then eventually spread to the rest of the world...
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Friday September 12, 2014, 9:48 am
We'e def not evolving into civilized humans that's 4 sure.
 
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