posted on Jun, 20 2005 @ 09:45 AM
from the article:
"Instead, they found that the big duplications had occurred in a short period of time, relatively speaking, after which only smaller rearrangements
occurred. Eichler found the bulk of the duplications were present in the genomes of humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans, but were absent in
Old World monkeys - such as baboons and macaques."
This, to me, would seem to indicate that ETs weren't involved in this development (at least not with the intent of creating humans), because the time
frame, here, is one that deals with animals that predate chimps, humans, and gorillas. In short, the product of this development was not the sudden
creation of humans... and most of the species that can be found in the lineage that derives from this point do not have what we think of as the
'human' qualities of self-awareness and language.
I should note, though, that other scientists have claimed to have found genetic sequences that changed rapidly in the period in which humans are
thought to have emerged. I actually started a thread about that... I'll have to go find it.