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Poll: Do you believe that humans evolved from non-human species?

Yes 58 (68%)
No 12 (14%)
Not sure 15 (18%)
   Discussion: Do you believe that humans evolved from non-human species?
Josh Woodward · 17 years, 4 months ago
There's way too much evidence. I thought this might tie in nicely with the other religion topics as of late :)
Starfox Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Except the fact the "missing link" has never been found.

Also, in light of the theory of evolution, explain the Cambrian explosion.
Talcott Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
well, we're not something you can figure out in an equation.

we are the genetic mutation

(I figure this counts as a first-post of sorts ;-)

Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Poor monkeys.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
The missing link is an oversimplification that has never really been an issue. What is a missing link? A step in our evolution that hasn't been discovered yet? Why would anyone expect every step to have been discovered? We have found many many precursor species of Homo sapien sapien. Have we found every single one no. We have gotten very close to the common ancestor of humans and chimps though. There is a gap in the fossil record from an era that there aren't many fossils found in what we expect are the crucial areas. If there were not many specimans of the species we might never find them. Evolution does not live or die by their discovery.
Starfox Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Unfortunately, there has never been anything to tie us directly to chimps. Yes, some primitive forms of man had similarities to chimps, but there are very important genetic differences between early man and chimps. Yes, we share alot in common with chimps, but that just means we are similar life forms, not necessarily evolutionally linked. That's why it's a theory and not a fact.

And the theory of evolution falls apart when examining the fossil record of the Cambrian period. Also, if we are linked to chimps, why have chimps not evolved along similar lines as humans?
Talcott Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Also, if we are linked to chimps, why have chimps not evolved along similar lines as humans?

Because, evolution isn't a magic director that says "all of you over here, you chimps, you're now humans". A group of chimps evoloved, not all of them. It wasn't a matter of the chimps being invalid to their habitat, the human (or leading towards human) ones were simply better. So long as there were few enough of each though, there's no reason the chimps would go extinct. It's when the new hunter is so good that no food remains for the older species that one is completly replaced.

danced with Lazlo Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
No Talcot... humans didn't evolve from chimps. Chimps and humans both evolved from a common ancestor... *that's* the theory. There are primates today like apes which probably somewhat resemble the common ancestor, but there is no species currently existant which we could have evolved from, presumably... because evolution doesn't just stop for a species.

Well... except alligators.
Talcott Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Damn. You're right.

Ask me about dinosaurs. That's more my area anyways ;-)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
I remember when the dinosaurs were the new kids on the block. It was all about Trilobites when I was a kid.
nate... Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Dear god!
Boy band dinosaurs?!!
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
We share 99% of our genetic code with chimps. That's damn good evidence. Chimps and man shared the same lineage to somewhere between 5 and 10 million years ago. That is a period that is not recorded well in the fossil record in East Africa which till recently has been considered the cradle of humanity. This situation might change in light of recent discoveries in the Sahal region of western Africa.
Starfox Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Actually, we don't share 99% of our genetic code with chimps. That has been misreported in the media for a long time. It's an oversimplification. We share several key base pair sequences with chimps, and the chromosomal structures of the gene code are almost identical, but when the structures are mapped down to the genes, the human gene code is more complex and larger than chimps.

Humans and chimps are similar, but so are humans and most ape species. Just like domestic breeds of dogs and wolves (or coyotes I can never keep them straight, which ever one isn't from the lupine genus) are similar, but not exact.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Yes closely related species have similar genomes. Dogs, coyotes, and wolves share a very recent common ancestor, they can all even interbreed.

please give a reference for your state statement about the oversimplification. It doesn't make sense since genes are sequences of base pairs so if you share the sequence of base pairs you share the genes.
Bender · 17 years, 4 months ago
Gordon, I would expect you, of all people, to be careful when wording something like this.  It's not that we evolved from non-human species, but from what was simply and earlier form of what we are now.  The way you worded it also suggests that we are the end product, which we clearly are not.
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
leah, you forget that gordon doesn't speak english.
Bender Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
you're right.  he only speaks creep.
dave "buh" · 17 years, 4 months ago
where's the option for "some of the species hasn't finished evolving yet"?
Starfox Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Or the option that some of the gene pool needs a strong dose of chlorine. :)
jen Back · 17 years, 4 months ago

"there are plenty of fish in the sea... too bad the water's polluted!"

jen

Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
The question isn't about the future but the past. So that wouldn't be an answer choice but a totally new topic .
danced with Lazlo Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
um... presumably none of the species has finished evolving. Evolution doesn't just stop.
Erica: movin' to Ohio!! · 17 years, 4 months ago
not sure, don't care.
Annika · 17 years, 4 months ago

I believe we evolved from Martians.... oh wait.. that was a movie.

J. Andrew World · 17 years, 4 months ago
I beleveived we evolved from Pete Best you insensative Clod!
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
No Pete Best is a species that evolved from Humans. As Nietzsche put it.

Man is nothing but a rope across an abyss leading from the animal to the Pete Best.
J. Andrew World Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
I suppose you *WOULD* know.  You are old enough to remeber what heppened!
danced with Lazlo · 17 years, 4 months ago
Aliens came and fucked the monkey. Everyone knows that.
Back · 17 years, 4 months ago

*tries to shake out the mental image*

Jan Klump · 17 years, 4 months ago
I found the word "non-human" odd, too. I wasn't sure if that meant creatures from outer space or evolving from other animal species...or both, I suppose.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
I used non-human because of the common usage non-human primates.
Phoenix · 17 years, 4 months ago
I voted "no". On a related note I really hope that there's intelligent life somewhere in outer space - might increase the possibility that an intelligent life-form could develop on this planet in a not so distant future as well ;-)
Bel kjfdxcvuyjh8 · 17 years, 4 months ago
Really not sure. I'd like to believe we didn't, but there is a lot of evidence against that. If we did, we must have had some serious help from the man upstairs. Is all I have to say.
nate... Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Well, everyone has their own man upstairs.

The building I live in... his name is tom.
He's on housing assistance and, technically, isn't supposed to be living there, since it's his wife's apartment, and they're legally separated.

sheryls Back · 17 years, 4 months ago

eric and i had Perry above us - he was the man upstairs.

we'd say something like, "someone up there must like us. The man upstairs is smiling upon us. Thanks, Perry."

Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
I'm in a townhouse! I have no man upstairs unless I'm downstairs and Paul is up there. Is Paul my man upstairs? :)
danced with Lazlo Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Why do you want to believe that we didn't?
Bel kjfdxcvuyjh8 Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Why do you want to believe that we didn't?

Because:

1. It means we're animals.

2. I'd like to have a good reason to make atheists look stupid,
danced with Lazlo Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
um... we *are* animals, by any scientific definition... as in we are neither vegetable or mineral...

and why do you waste your mental energy on wanting to make another group of people look stupid? Seems rather petty to me. Besides, it's not just atheists who accept the theory of evolution.
Bel kjfdxcvuyjh8 Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
well, not stupid so much as wrong.


I didn't mean to make that whole thing italicized. How the crap did that happen.

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