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30-second science blogging: ‘More evolved’ doesn’t mean what you think it means

I thought this article was a good reminder about what ‘evolution’ means – and perhaps more importantly, what it doesn’t:

A comparison of human and chimpanzee genes has revealed a startling possibility: chimps may have evolved more than humans in the 6 or 7 million years since both diverged from a common ancestor.

A study comparing human and chimp genes that appear to have evolved since we parted ways shows that humans have about 154 such genes and our nearest primate relative a whopping 233.

4 Responses to “30-second science blogging: ‘More evolved’ doesn’t mean what you think it means”

  1. Doug Says:

    Makes sense. Chimps don’t have our ability to adapt to environmental change through technological artifice, so they have to do it the old-fashioned way :)

  2. Doug Says:

    Makes sense. Chimps don't have our ability to adapt to environmental change through technological artifice, so they have to do it the old-fashioned way :)

  3. protected static Says:

    So, you’re saying that we’ve evolved to be more adaptable without evolving?

    My head hurts.

  4. protected static Says:

    So, you're saying that we've evolved to be more adaptable without evolving?

    My head hurts.

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