A Relentless March to War
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Defames Bonobos
by Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
As Dawn of the Planet of the Apes leaps and bounds onto humanity’s big screens, captivating audiences with its 3D “motion capture” CGI and eye-popping FX, putting us in touch with our inner ape and making a ton of cash for its producers (debuting at a whopping $73 million), it is dangerously misleading about bonobos.
What’s the big deal about bonobos? The rare and marvelous “Make-Love-Not-War” great apes, bonobos are, like common chimpanzees, incredibly close to us; in fact, they are almost 99% genetically similar to humans. Unlike common chimps, humans and all other Great Apes, bonobos have never been seen killing each other in the wild or captivity. Their remarkable, mostly matriarchal culture seems to use sex, erotic play and physical affection to prevent murder and war. This may sound fantastical enough to be science fiction, but it is primatological fact.
How A Troublesome Inheritance Gets Human Genetics Wrong
Time and again, data that refutes Nicholas Wade’s arguments in A Troublesome Inheritance is not only available and widely cited in the population genetics literature—it is often in the text of the papers listed in his endnotes.
The Molecular Ecologist
May 29, 2014
Ghost of Lamarck: Working Epigenetics into Evolutionary Theory
Evolution News & Views March 18, 2014 5:41 AM | Permalink
Epigenetics is a reality that can no longer be ignored. Too many studies have shown that factors above the DNA code are not only influential in trait formation, but can be passed on to offspring. Is this a bridge too far for Darwinian evolution, or can they just extend their theory to encompass “epimutations” to the epigenetic codes?
Timeline of human origins revised: New synthesis of research links changing environment with Homo’s evolutionary adaptability
Many traits unique to humans were long thought to have originated in the genus Homo between 2.4 and 1.8 million years ago in Africa. Although scientists have recognized these characteristics for decades, they are reconsidering the true evolutionary factors that drove them.
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