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You Are a Giant Tongue! The Five Key Adaptive Traits That Made Us Human

__________ Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man and its variants (such as that done by William Blake) present human beings as the pinnacle of creation, unusually beautiful beings of perfect proportions obviously arising to their impressive stature in the cosmos … Continue reading

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George Church’s Brave New World (and Ours)

Harvard molecular geneticist George Church’s interview with Der Spiegel is a must-read. Highlights: ON NEANDERTHAL CLONING SPIEGEL: Will you witness the birth of a Neanderthal baby in your lifetime? Church: That depends on a hell of a lot of things, but … Continue reading

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40,000 Years B.C.: Four Human Types, One Earth

If you were to get in a time machine and go back to 40,000 years B.C., you would find at least four types of humans on Earth. That, at any rate, is what is reported in the New York Times today in … Continue reading

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Big News from the NY Times: Neanderthal Genome Recovered, and George Church of HARVARD is Quoted as Saying a Neanderthal Can Now Be Brought Back to Life, with Current Technology, for about 30 Million Dollars!

This is stunning. The NY Times today: Possessing the Neanderthal genome raises the possibility of bringing Neanderthals back to life. Dr. George Church, a leading genome researcher at the Harvard Medical School, said Thursday that a Neanderthal could be brought … Continue reading

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Memo to Duane Gish: Humans and Neanderthals Diverged From One Another 660,000 Years Ago

PandasThumb.org discusses today the recent sequencing of Neanderthal DNA, and what it means for thinking about human evolution. Bottom line: Neanderthals did NOT belong to the same species as us. Instead, humans and Neanderthals diverged from one another, in their evolution, … Continue reading

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Brave New Old World?: With DNA Extraction Technologies, Neanderthals and Mammoths Could Roam the Earth Again

So says the NY Times today. Money quote: [DNA extraction] technology could be applied to any other extinct species from which one can obtain hair, horn, hooves, fur or feathers, and which went extinct within the last 60,000 years. Though … Continue reading

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Were Neanderthals Just People Like You and Me?: A Recent Mitochondrial DNA Study Says NO

According to an article on the Discover magazine website, scientists have recently sequenced the mitochondrial DNA of a Neanderthal. Their finding: Neanderthals were substantially different, genetically, from modern humans, and probably rarely, if ever, interbred with us. Our two lineages seem to … Continue reading

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