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Are sports athletes proof that humans are physically & mentally evolving?

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posted on May, 27 2016 @ 09:28 AM
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That is what I would amount it to as well.

Bleeding plantations and selective breeding over a period of 400+ years on a group of people who already have natural high muscle tone. So the modern day African american man and woman are survivors of the strongest. Add new science and technology in athletic training techniques and you have the Lebron James and Usain Bolts and Gabby DOuglas and Flo Jo's of the world.




posted on May, 30 2016 @ 04:51 PM
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a reply to: rollanotherone

Try watching better sports
You get very little of this in say Rugby, or Cricket.



posted on May, 31 2016 @ 01:21 AM
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Are sports athletes proof that humans are physically & mentally evolving?


No.

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 abilities. Evolution 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 advantage.

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.



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