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History of humanity

  1. Mar 21, 2006 #1


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    I had to laugh at some of the criteria for (humanity) discribed in this Wiki
    article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanity, to be exact i find it hard to
    point a finger at the time (humans) came into the evolutionary picture, ie
    how many genes seperate humans from chimps, how far is a chimp away from humanity?
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  3. Mar 21, 2006 #2


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    Back before they decoded both genomes they did rough test tube coagulation experiments and gave the proportion of shared genes as 99.3 %. Of course in those days they didn't really know how many genes each genome contained.

    Nowadays the number given is lower, but still over 90 %. Just in the last week or so a paper appeared that claimed the difference between us and the chimps wasn't different genes per se but the different expression of the same genes.

    Of course you know, wolram, that we aren't descended from chimps or they from us. Rather both species (and Bonobos) descend from a common ancestor. We split something like 6 million years ago.
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