posted on May, 31 2016 @ 01:21 AM
Back to the original question -
Are sports athletes proof that humans are physically & mentally evolving?
Every population of organisms, whether bacteria, squirrels, or humans, is evolving all the time, of course. Sports performances are, however, not
evidence of evolution (let alone proof).
Athletes are highly trained and conditioned examples of individuals
reaching the peak of their personal individual
is about changes in an entire population
- not individuals.
There have always been 7 foot tall individuals. Such height does not necessarily improve the individual's opportunity to pass his/her genes on to the
next generation any more than dwarfism does. The height gene floats around in the gene pool but never advances to dominate the population.
Yes, tall folks probably live healthier lives now than they did 200 years ago so they probably have more kids. But it isn't the height that gives them
the advantage, its the healthy diet and living conditions. So they have an advantage over their great grand parents, but not over their cohorts in the
same generation. Evolutionary change requires a reproductive advantage over others in the same generation. Athletes don't have such a reproductive
Sure, people like Magic Johnson might have been able to have sex with 300-500 people a year, but he has only one natural child, a son who is openly
gay. That is NOT an adequate 'reproductive advantage' to spread your genes into the population so that it will dominate.
I repeat. The answer to your question is NO.