Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Chimps More Evolved Than Humans

The Grave Digger
Have you been questioning your self-worth? Perhaps you feel primitive, vulnerable, ill-adapted to your environment?

Science has a reason - chimps are more evolved.
Since the human-chimp split about 6 million years ago, chimpanzee genes can be said to have evolved more than human genes, a new study suggests.

The results, detailed online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, contradict the conventional wisdom that humans are the result of a high degree of genetic selection, evidenced by our relatively large brains, cognitive abilities and bipedalism.


Jianzhi Zhang and Margaret Bakewell of the University of Michigan and a colleague found that substantially more genes in chimps evolved in ways that were beneficial than was the case with human genes.
Link. While scientists point to population size playing an important role in natural selection, and therefore our evolutionary lineage, I feel they are overlooking the obvious - the chimp's ability to overcome sterilization, which has been naturally selected for in the recent generations.

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Blogger The Good Reverend said...

And now that they are using spears and living in caves, it's only a matter of time before they overthrow civilization.

3:11 PM  

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