Articles in Evolution
Gut instinct tells me that cosmic rays are an important factor in human evolution, and that humans have evolved much more recently than scientists can ascertain (they basically only have bones to look at, whereas we are much more than just bones). But it’s not just cosmic rays, but rather a collection of factors that might occur at the same time during and after a global cataclysm:
Cosmic Rays – they certainly cause genetic mutations in humans, and a mass influx of cosmic rays could accelerate mutations
The problem with human genetic mutations is that they are random. And if everyone has different mutations, that won’t lead to evolution. If everyone mutated in similar ways, then that would be different.
Until now I figured that our DNA repair mechanisms were the solution. I won’t go into it deeply here, but there is evidence that our DNA not only has the ability to repair damage, …
It’s quite easy to spot Asian folks from behind. I always thought they just had shinier black hair than other races, but actually they have thicker hair. As do Native Americans, who originated from Asia. And we also know that some Asian people are more prone to sweating. Well, these are both the result of a single mutant gene that arose not too long ago:
Researchers were able to find a single mutation that produces several traits common in East Asian peoples, from thicker hair to denser sweat glands.
…most East Asian populations had a variant of it called EDAR370A, which studies linked to thicker scalp hair and altered tooth shape in humans.
In order to more fully examine this mutation, Yana Kamberov, one of the researchers, developed a mouse model with the exact mutation of EDAR370A. The researchers found that the mouse exhibited thicker hair, more densely branched mammary glands and an …
My 2012 studies began with Graham Hancock’s Fingerprints of the Gods, where he suggested that ancient cataclysms may have destroyed advanced civilizations, and that 2012 could be a prediction for the same again.
So while thinking about a global cataclysm 12,000 years ago, I pondered over why it was only recently that humans started achieving stuff – if anatomically modern humans have been around for 200,000 years, why did we only start acting modern 12,000 years ago? And then I thought about Neanderthals, and the Biblical Nephilim, and how all the human fossils that have ever been found could fit into the back of a pickup truck. And I wondered whether dragons and unicorns were once real…
…and it struck me that evolution occurred 12,000 years ago. Evolution occurs in more ways than bones can express.
The cause is unknown. It might have been purely a physical disaster, where a decimation of the …
Last night I watched yet another cable TV doco on supervolcanoes – this one focused on the Toba eruption 70,000 years ago. I didn’t learn anything new, but a new thought crossed my mind:
Could global catastrophes be the secret ingredient that made us who we are?
According to the documentary, all humans at the time were in Africa, and of the 1 million alive prior to the super-eruption, only 30,000 survived the volcanic winter. According to Wikipedia:
This change in temperature resulted in the world’s human population being reduced to 10,000 or even a mere 1,000 breeding pairs, creating a bottleneck in human evolution.
This theory has a lot of solid scientific support. And it got me thinking… surely prior super-eruptions from other supervolcanoes caused similar bottlenecks? In that case you could argue that these and other cataclysms (local and global) are key ingredients and drivers of human evolution.
Planet Earth is sometimes referred …
This would be of special interest to those who believe that humans are a hybrid species created by aliens (not me…).
Moreno genetically modified the fruit flyDrosophila melanogaster so that this new species Drosophila synthetica cannot reproduce with the naturally occurring species of fruit fly. Drosophila synthetica also has smaller, lighter eyes and the wing veins have a different structure than the natural species.
Hybrid animals can be created through natural breeding, but this is the first time an entirely new species has been created by man – with the definition of species meaning it can only reproduce with its own. And it is potentially good news, because whichever traits are bio-engineered will (hopefully) be impossible to transfer to the originating species.
Where could this lead?
Presumably we will see new species of livestock – I reckon chickens will be first. But in the long term you’s expect that someone, somewhere, will try to improve humans. I don’t like the …
A small group of the short-legged sea stars (known as “cushion stars”) have rapidly evolved, and unlike their cousins, they don’t need a mate to reproduce.
Their evolution into live-bearing hermaphrodites is one of the fastest known examples of speciation among marine animals, say the authors of a study published online today
The researchers analyzed DNA from the tissue of nearly 400 sea stars, half belonging to the original and still existing species, Cryptasterina pentagona, and half from the new species, C. hystera. By comparing DNA sequences, they have inferred that C. hystera evolved their ability to mate with themselves between 1,000 and 22,000 years ago.
For scientists, complex beings like these evolving in the space of a few thousand years is unusual and extremely rapid. But from a catastrophist angle it isn’t surprising at all. Punctuated equilibrium is already an accepted theory. But few scientists (yet) would entertain the idea of evolution …
A show called Mermaids: The Body Found has been running on Animal Planet in the USA. According to Huff Post, it’s not exactly a serious doco, but what it has done is introduce the Aquatic Ape Theory to many people.
The theory is very relevant to 2012 – a previous global cataclysm could have left some groups of apes isolated in flooded areas. Those apes could have learned to live in an aquatic environment, eating fish (equals better brains) and developing some aquatic features that other apes don’t have, like hairlessness. And they could be our predecessors…
Sold Out Bunker
I’ve reported on Larry Hall’s Survival Condo previously. He has now officially sold out all of his expensive condos. I guess the race is now on to get them built by the end of the year.
Hall says that one of the condos in the silo is complete, and the rest will be ready …
If you ask me What could an ancient civilisation have predicted for Dec 21, 2012?, then my answer is a comet, either flying by or crashing into us, or a solar storm. If you take the predictive element out of the 2012 equation, my best guess is a magnetic pole shift, or crustal displacement, or both. Here’s an overview of my hypothesis, including some recent science news.
Magnetic Pole Shift
Scientists tell us that our magnetic poles have reversed in the past, and that they will again. They don’t really know how the process works, and are unable to predict the next reversal. They have been telling us that the process takes hundreds or thousands of years. Recent studies have shown that it can happen in the space of weeks or months, and I suggest it can happen overnight.
If a reversal involves a dramatic lessening of our geomagnetic field’s strength, then basically …
I had previously anticipated (in mid-2010) that more human ancestors and cousins would turn up:
Based on recent discoveries, I wouldn’t be surprised if 6-10 human species are determined to have lived in the last 50,000 years – and I reckon an additional species for the last 10,000 years is quite likely.
Finding human fossils is a difficult task, and many species (if not widespread and long-lasting) would probably avoid being fossilized. So for every discovered species, there’s going to many more of which there is no record.
The fossilized remains of a partial foot has led scientists to speculate that there were several species of pre-humans living in Africa at the same time.
A team from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History discovered the eight bones from an unknown species of hominid in the central Afar region of Ethiopia.
…”On the one hand the foot has a …
Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression or cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence (more at Wikipedia).
There is a lot of evidence that epigenetic modifications can last two generations. For example, if your mother was a Holocaust survivor, you could be more prone to post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as your children. Researchers have been trying to discover if such changes can last longer, and become a permanent genetic fixture. Evolution in other words.
This is of great interest to catastrophists – it could mean that global cataclysms were a major ingredient in human evolution. And could again…
DNA extracted from the bones of an extinct bison shows that the environment influenced the way the animal’s genes worked without altering the genetic code. It is the best evidence yet that such epigenetic changes can be fossilized.
…most of the methylations they found were …
In the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon. It is the only of their 12 years that is named after a fictional animal. So are dragons really fictional?
I have investigated the possibility that dragons lived in historical times, primarily because a good book on the topic didn’t exist – see my 6 pages about Did Dragons Exist? I found that dragon myths can be found worldwide, and aside from the very obvious Komodo Dragon, there is another candidate that could explain dragons:
Megalania prisca, as we have learned from fossil evidence, lived in Australia, grew to be a staggering seven metres in length and weighed 600 kgs!
Finally someone has written a proper book on the topic, and I’m pleased to see that the author, trained zoologist Richard Freeman, agrees with me:
“I am absolutely certain, having reviewed many ancient reports of dragon activity, that many sightings – perhaps two …
Ever wondered why we are hairless compared to other apes? Or why our tears are salty? Or even why we have breasts?
Elaine Morgan has devoted decades to the topic of Aquatic Apes, and I’ve been keenly following her work – here’s a 2009 talk she gave at TED:
What does this have to do with 2012? Well, it dovetails nicely with punctuated equilibrium, global cataclysms and evolution via habitats being flooded. A similar cataclysm in 2012 could lead to further human evolution. Do you want to evolve (with no guarantees it will be for the better) or hide??
I have a lot of respect for Rupert Sheldrake, and his work is scientifically valid, yet it is mostly mentioned in the realms of New Age. This is a shame because I feel he could hold the key to evolution without realizing the extra factor involved.
Essential to Sheldrake’s model is the hypothesis of morphic resonance. This is a feedback mechanism between the field and the corresponding forms of morphic units. The greater the degree of similarity, the greater the resonance, leading to habituation or persistence of particular forms. So, the existence of a morphic field makes the existence of a new similar form easier.
Sheldrake proposes that the process of morphic resonance leads to stable morphic fields, which are significantly easier to tune into. He suggests that this is the means by which simpler organic forms synergetically self-organize into more complex ones, and that this model allows a different explanation for the process of evolution …
I’ve read a lot of books about the Nephilim, ancient astronauts, and the possibility of aliens mating with humans, as described by the Bible. I’ve rejected the alien aspect, because I think the same logic could be used if we had another human species in the mix – the Mysterious Elders perhaps. Either way, if the other species is too far removed from humans, it is understood that the resultant hybrid children would be sterile, like mules. Well, some mule mares have had foals – but generally hybrids are not expected to fare well evolution-wise.
Now for the weird news, via New Scientist:
Metamorphosis, like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, is more commonplace than generally known. For example it can be found in 15 different phyla of marine animals. Some scientists now believe that metamorphosis may have been the driving force behind the Cambrian explosion, when most phyla suddenly appeared in the …
Probably a child with a deformity, potentially an alien and possibly an example of a different human species…
More pics at guanabee.com
At RPP (in Spanish) experts are claiming that it is an alien:
Riquelme Davila explained that the body is 50 centimeters tall, triangular head, eye cavity too large, open fontanelle, which is only characteristic of children up to 1 year and has molars, which show that there is a tremendous gap that is not common in humans.
“It looks not human because the head is triangular and tremendous, indeed, the head is about the size of body and thought I was a kid but Spanish and Russian doctors have come and we have confirmed that this is indeed an extraterrestrial” , said through RPP Noticias.
The discoverer is based in Cusco, but the news items don’t say where the body was found…