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Posts Tagged: evolution

Blow Your Mind with These Timelines

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Using a series of timelines that represent increasingly large amounts of time, this blog post puts everything in perspective. Everything.

It starts out simple—timelines of the last 24 hours, the last week, and so on—and works its way up through recorded history and human evolution from apes all the way to the existence of the universe.

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Migrations Map

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Here is a map to help you visualize human migration over the course of our 200,000 year existence. Using data based on mitochondrial DNA difference, the map models migratory patterns as humans “moved outward from Africa into Asia, and later the Americas, Indonesia and Australia.” The visual distinguishes between land and water or temporary land/ice bridges, while highlighting genetic populations and the extent of ice.

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Family Tree Shake-Up

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Fossils found in a South African cave may be “the most plausible known ancestor of archaic and modern humans,” argue the scientists who discovered the bones, citing the combination of apelike and human features in the newfound species—dubbed Australopithecus sediba.

Some scientists disagree that the fossils represent a transitional link between the australopithecines and humans, suggesting instead that the discovery provides important evidence of the extensive diversity of australopithecine apes and the difficulty of determining which is actually the ancestral species.

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Evolutionary Arguing

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Next time you’re basking in the glory of your ability to reason, thinking that you’re closer to arriving at some sort of ultimate truth, consider this first.

Apparently, our reasoning instincts come from a primordial impulse to win arguments, a “hard-wired compulsion to triumph in the debating arena,” or at least that’s the theory.

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Sunday Politics

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A new documentary paints Italy as “a democracy of boobs (in all senses).”

How does one “explain the gay” in terms of evolution? (via The Daily Dish)

“That’s not what countries think of when they go to war.” Why no one ever cleans up the environmental mess they make after sending their citizens off to kill each other.

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