Humans Getting Dumber

“Human beings are getting dumber” proclaims an article in news.com 19 February 2013. This blunt unflattering assessment of humanity is based on articles by Gerald Crabtree of Stanford University entitled “Our Fragile Intellect” published in Trends in Genetics January 2013. Crabtree lists two reasons: genetic mutations have damaged genes involved in human intellect, and evolution […]

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Humans All One Close Knit Family

Humans all one close knit family according to articles in news@nature 29 Sep 2004, Nature vol. 431, p562, 30 September 2004. Douglas Rohde of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and colleagues used a computer program to calculate when and where the most recent common ancestor of all present people groups lived. They derived an answer […]

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Human Genome a Mindless Mess

John Avise of Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, has written an article in PNAS claiming that the human genome is so full of “dysfunctional traits” that it could not possibly be designed by an intelligent creator. He writes: “Here, I highlight several outlandish features of the human genome that defy […]

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How to Win Climate Change Deniers

How to win climate change deniers reported in Nature Climate Change 17 June 2012, doi: 10.1038/nclimate1532, and ABC News in Science 18 June 2012. A team of psychologists at the University of Queensland admits that in spite of enormous efforts to convince the general public that man-made global warming was real, “since 2008 the number […]

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Homosexual Penguins Live in New York

Homosexual penguins live in New York, according to a report in The Observer (UK), 8 February 2004, p.1. Two male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo, make mating gestures towards one another, but showed no interest in mating when a female penguin was provided. Their keeper noticed them trying to hatch a rock and […]

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Defunct Genes For All

Defunct genes for all, according to a report in Nature, vol. 467, p 1061, 28 October 2010, DOI: doi:10.1038/nature09534. An international team of scientists has begun an enormous study of the variation within the human genome entitled the “1000 Genomes Project”. A pilot study has now been completed, involving partial analysis of the genomes of […]

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Homo sapiens Skull

Oldest Homo sapiens Fossils

Oldest Homo sapiens fossils found, according to reports in BBC News and Nature News 7 June 2017, ScienceDaily 8 June 2017, and Nature, 2017; 546 (7657): 289 doi: 10.1038/nature22336 8 June 2017. An international team of scientists has found a collection of fossil human bones, along with stone tools and fossils of mammals and reptiles […]

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Neanderthal

Neanderthal Medicine

Neanderthal medicine found, according to reports in BBC News, Science Daily, Science (AAAS) News 8 March 2017 and Nature 2017; doi: 10.1038/nature21674. An international team of researchers has studied dental calculus, the hard plaque that accumulates on teeth, from Neanderthals found in the Spy cave in Belgium and the El Sidrón cave in Spain. Microbes […]

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Ancient American

Americans Ten Times Older

Americans ten times older, according to reports in Nature News and Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 26 April 2017, and Nature, 2017; 544 (7651): 479 doi: 10.1038/nature22065. In 1992 palaeontologists found bones, teeth and tusks from a Mastodon buried in a fine silt layer that was exposed during a road construction project in California. Many […]

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Adopt an Ape

Adopt an ape as a child claims UN group, according to an article in BBC News Magazine Online, 29 Mar 2007 and news@nature 26 April 2007. An Austrian court has rejected a claim by British woman Paula Stibbe to be granted legal guardianship of a chimpanzee. She believes the chimp deserves the same protection as […]

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