Thursday, April 30, 2009

Human evolution 'recently accelerated by around 100-fold'

Apparently, there's something of a debate over whether or not humans are still evolving. That seems as ridiculous to Pound360 as debating evolution and creationism, but who are we?

Why would anyone suggests humans stopped evolving? "Modern medical practice, antibiotics, better diet and other advances would protect people from the perils and stresses that drive evolutionary change." (

Sounds to Pound360 like a classic, wandering explanation for something that's hard to see, prove. (We've also read in the past that there's evidence we've evolved faster in the past 5,000 years
than any time in human history.)

Well, there are some anthropologists who suggest "the pressures of modern life may be speeding up the pace of human evolution." The exploding population may play a part, too. "Today, beneficial mutation must be happening far more than ever before, since there are more than 6 billion of us."

Said one anthropologist, "our evolution has recently accelerated by around 100-fold.''

It may be happening so fast, we could soon compare the genes of the old and young to find evolving genes.

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