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Originally posted by Rugoolian
well think about this then if where beeing geneticaly forced to evolve same as any forced or genetic change there are drawbacks that cant be overcome thus in the end will see our deaths like cancer
scares u realy when u think bout it
it means where not all realy human then part human and alien
only the elite and succesfull are top of the petri dish burn they buggers
... I must ask: Would you rather be picking termites off of your mom's neck right now... or eating rotten fruit in the middle of an african jungle. I enjoy my command of language, long-range planning, and basic sentience... so, even if ancient aliens did 'upgrade' our lineage, I don't really have any complaints about it.
Originally posted by onlyinmydreams
Researchers at the University of Chicago have recently published information that concludes that humans evolved through a process that involved an extremely high number of mutations that appeared in a relatively short time. This process -- and the genetic record of these changes -- is noticeably differant than anything that has been seen in any other species.
Since (I guess) I'm considered long-winded, let me just point out that this *could* be used to bolster the notion that human culture has influenced human biology to an extreme degree... or that there may be some truth to 'un-natural' theories on human evolution (creationsim, ET intervention, etc).
From the Guardian:
"The sophistication of the human brain is not simply the result of steady evolution, according to new research. Instead, humans are truly privileged animals with brains that have developed in a type of extraordinarily fast evolution that is unique to the species.
'"Simply put, evolution has been working very hard to produce us humans," said Bruce Lahn, an assistant professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
'"Our study offers the first genetic evidence that humans occupy a unique position in the tree of life."
"Professor Lahn's research, published this week in the journal Cell, suggests that humans evolved their cognitive abilities not owing to a few sporadic and accidental genetic mutations - as is the usual way with traits in living things - but rather from an enormous number of mutations in a short period of time, acquired though an intense selection process favouring complex cognitive abilities."
Originally posted by Ohio_Ron
1- Has there been any cooraborating evidence to support this theory? If so, pls give us a link.
2- How can this study be conducted, with any authenticity, without brain/brains of earlier hominids? (I might be wrong here)
3 - If, going by cranial size, if this were true, prove that their brain was any-more-formed than any other primate/human?
4- Doesn't this prove to be supposition more than fact?
5- [FACT] Just because a Giant Squid's brain is larger than ours, does that mean that it is smarter????
In an increasingly social environment, greater cognitive abilities probably became more of an advantage.
Originally posted by Ohio_Ron
The sexual selection process in humans probably is the most cerebral of any species, not that even the majority of the decision is made that way.
The female selecting the male human will do so for subtle, exclusively internal things like a sense of humor, an ability to be commercially successful [math, accounting], charisma, the ability to be a good farmer [diligent, attentive].
Is that the way it is today....I don't think so! The most desired male seems to be the rugged, tough-nut, kick-your-ass, frick on command, defend family...at all cost....
Maybe I'm out of contact with the new world, but that is the way it was just a few years ago, in my heyday!
Originally posted by existence
He said there are latent genes in the human genome that don't imply complete origin or function of the human species genetically with being terrestrial to earth only.
This of course could mean nothing more than we needed to understand the function of the gene more; but anyone with an open mind would likely be curious. Does anyone know anything more about this finding?