Notebook Entries June 2006


Notebook Entries June 2006


Notebook entry, June 1, 2006

There has been a lot of buzz this early summer about the news out of Cambridge, Mass about the conclusion that humans and chimpanzees diverged and then ""hybridized" to create the human species. The findings were published by the journal Nature on May 17th, 2006 by researchers from the Broad Institute. This is a alliance between Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. The most important thing that we have to note is that this comes from comparing the genes of modern humans and chimpanzees, and not the fossil record. Creationists, or "intelligent design" proponents now have another hurdle to overcome in their efforts to keep the wool over the eyes of the world. I really wish that they would come to the conclusion that God wants this information that we have evolved from the chimpanzee to come to light.

Quoting one of the researchers, a Edward M. Rubin, from a SFGate article: "Until now our view of human evolution has largely come from the fossil record which is still incomplete," he said. "This is very provocative because it provides a new window into a time when hominids separated from the common ancestor of chimpanzees. It's the beginning of a new wave of work that will bring us new insights into our view of how species separate."

Main articles to cite: The New York Times online: "Our Hidden History," an editorial, May 22, 2006, and The New York Times online: "Affairs to Remember," by Olivia Judson" an OP-ED piece, on May 28, 2006. Also, I found this article a few days later, which I feel is the best on the findings: "When Humans, Chimps Were Kissin' Cousins: Genetic analysis shakes up ideas on when, how the two species diverged." by David Perlman, Chronicle Science editor, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, May 18, 2006.