Posts Tagged ‘Science & Human Origins’
In a landmark book The Language of God (2006), geneticist Francis Collins advanced Ohno’s concept of junk DNA as “powerful support for Darwin‘s theory of evolution” while serving as director of the National Center for Human Genome Research.
The Smithsonian declares that the “[s]cientific evidence show that the physical and behavioral traits shared by all people originated from apelike ancestors and evolved over a period of approximately six million years.” This forward sounding statement, however, is scientifically unsound.
The term “genetics,” was first coined in 1905 by English geneticist William Bateson in a personal letter to colleague Alan Sedgwick. Since then, genetics has emerged to be the center of evolutionary research for more than a century.
This last week, the research article in the journal Science entitled “A High-Coverage Genome Sequence from an Archaic Denisovan Individual” captured media headlines worldwide. Continue Reading
Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species first published in 1859 refers to humans only once: “light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history.” By the time The Descent of Man was published in 1871, Darwin’s intent was clear: advance the concept that “there is no fundamental difference between man and higher animals.”
In developing a theory of human origins, however, amazingly Darwin addresses the problem of the human fossil record evidence only once in The Descent of Man -