Friday, January 27, 2006

Looks like Darwin was right

I like to consider myself a practical and logical person, so you can imagine how I feel about Intelligent Design (my hero is Canadian Cynic who can take down ID proponents with one hand tied behind his back). So this story gave me an unseemly amount of glee.

Genetic testing of chimpanzees suggests that chimps are much more closely related to humans than to the rest of the primate family. (further proof provided at )

Some of the traits we use to separate the human and ape genera (yep.. that’s the plural of genus. I looked it up. See how practical I am?) include tool-making and language, both of which are considered to exist in chimps in at least a basic form. A slow molecular clock ( a means of dating when two species diverged) is also considered to be a particularly human trait. The genetic testing results now show that the molecular clock of chimps differ from that of humans by a mere 3%.

Scientists are now wondering if chimps have been placed in the wrong genus (you Intelligent Design freaks may need to sit down for this one). That’s right – they’re talking about re-categorizing chimps into the Homo genus which right now has only one occupant - humans.

If we are going to teach creation science as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction. Judith Hayes

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