posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 10:25 PM
A general comment, to no one in particular:
(Though it was a thought triggered by AshleyD's post)
Actually, Masqua touched on it in response to SkyFloating. Has anyone mentioned 'speciation'? Because, in all the various discussions there are
usually things pointed out that are slight physical variations, and of course great ethnic/cultural differences....but, really the defining aspect of
our species is that we, no matter what we look like, we can interbreed. This alone defines all Humans as belonging to one 'race'...better word is
Example in the wild: Chimpanzees, our nearest "cousins" from an evolutionary standpoint belong to the ape family...(we do too, BTW) but, just
because I used the words "cousins" and 'family', it should not cause people to react negatively. "Cousins" in this sense does not denote
familial connections between us and chimps. It is more a way to understand the classifications of groups, that I used, to define species that are
very close, but have diverged. Biologists have far more technical terms and definitions.
My point is, although the apes are close, and have certain undeniable simularities, they are speciated. This occurs at the cellular, and DNA levels,
Another poster brought in a UT link to a great, great series titled "The Journey of Man"....I highly recommend it for understanding the nature of
And animals that humans have domesticated are usually pointed out as examples to counter evolution...but, outward appearances and physical
characteristic differences aside, those species are all one. Again, because they can produce viable offspring. It was OUR interference in normal
natural selection pressures that produce domesticated varietal differences in these animals.
In a way, we are doing a similar thing to ourselves...selectively 'choosing' what the offspring will look like. Except, in the real world....it's
called falling in love.
Oh, there are nightmarish scenarios of "designer babies" and all that, through gene manipulation....eye/hair color, gender....still, those offspring
will still be Human, regardless.