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Revolutionary thinking on evolution forces rethink on species
Deborah Smith Science Editor
July 29, 2006
SIMON HO grew up near the surf beach at Maroubra. Now the 25-year-old Australian is making big waves in the scientific world.
Dr Ho, a biologist and computer scientist, has uncovered flaws in the method other researchers have been using for decades to estimate when different species evolved, forcing many to reconsider their dates.
His research suggests modern humans arose much more recently than had been thought.
"Basically, any studies that look at evolution in the past million years need to be re-evaluated, so a lot of people are quite defensive about that," said Dr Ho, who has just been awarded a doctoral degree at Oxford University in Britain for his findings.
and it goes on to note....
While archaeological evidence suggested there was a sudden increase in life forms, known as the Cambrian explosion, about 560 million years ago, DNA research suggested this occurred up to 1600 million years ago.
After re-analysing the DNA studies correctly, the young student found that they matched the archaeological dates more closely.
Originally posted by Off_The_Street
Look at the figure at the top of the article. The Cambrian explosion DNA-based date of 1.6 Gyears ago is correct, which just goes to show that the DNA date itself is probably incorrect.
Originally posted by thematrix
I fail to see how this changes or contradicts what Evolution says?
It just aligns the archeological findings with the DNA studies more closely.
His studies in no way support or suggest that everything apeared 6000 years ago, it actualy makes evolutionary data from both fields of the study work better then ever before, conflicting data is something you can't have in science and he fixes that.
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
shouldn't this be using a monkey wrench to tune the evolutionary clock?
the expansion of knowledge HELPS evolutionary theory so much more than it hurts
Originally posted by Shane
This would align the Evolutionary clock to be according to a "Atomic Clock" I would call the Bible.
Yet the Theory has it this occured Hundreds of Thousands of years ago. God made these creatures, sometime after creating Adam. Many years after the Sixth Day Man was here, and some period of time after creating Adam on the 8th Day. (God rested on the 7th Day)
Three things, confirming eachother. Evolution, Archeaology and the Bible. This whole Page will become MUTE. (Origins and Creation Conspriacy Page)
Originally posted by MCory1
Just curious, but how exactly are you interpreting the dates here to coincide with the Bible? So this finding shrinks the date ranges by a few hundred-thousand years. It doesn't put it in any range that can be ripped out of Genesis, not in any way that I can see. At least the YEC crowd has a wierd sort of logic behind the 6K year mark; what are you going off of that makes this coincide more closely with the Bible than before?
By taking the clock's variations into account - it ticks more slowly, the further back in time - Dr Ho and his colleagues have calculated that modern humans probably evolved between 100,000 and 150,000 years ago.
"Previous estimates were up to twice as old as that," he said.