Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Human evolution has speeded up over the past 80,000

Human evolution

Not directly related to HPC but interesting anyway. We have talked a lot about expontial functions in this blog. Here is another - see the evolution graph towards the end of the artcle. For those interested, this is exactly what the Mayan Calendar is all about - exponential evolution. I think 2008-12 is going to be quite some roller coaster.

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11 thoughts on “Human evolution has speeded up over the past 80,000

  • sold 2 rent 1 says:

    The sudden fall-off at the end is caused because the linkage-disequilibrium method cannot easily detect very recent mutations, rather than by a sudden reduction in the rate of evolution.

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  • george monsoon says:

    Hang on, I just read this article and to my mind, I would suspect that with all the mutation, a stronger, more intelligent breed of humans is probably about to emerge.. We are undergoing a metamorphosis of race. As we did when we split from HomoErectus and Neanderthal man.

    The big question is, can we embrace the change?

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  • planning4acrash says:

    It already has, HPC bloggers are ahead of the game, can the masses cope with our intellectual prowess?!

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  • Wow – I knew what that article said before I even opened it.

    Oh dear, i’m developing telepathic abilities exponentially as I write – fu*kin lawnmower man or what…?

    I’m sensing many things…

    Aries – March 21 – April 20: Your house price will crash
    Taurus – April 21 – May 21: Your house price will crash
    Gemini – May 22 – June 21: Your house price will crash
    Cancer – June 22 – July 22: Your house price will crash
    Leo – July 23 -August 21: Your house price will crash
    Virgo – August 22 – September 23: Your house price will crash
    Libra – September 24 – October 23: Your house price will crash
    Scorpio – October 24 – November 22: Your house price will crash
    Sagittarius – November 23 – December 22: Your house price will crash
    Capricorn – December 23 – January 20: Your house price will crash
    Aquarius – January 21 – February 19: Your house price will crash
    Pisces – February 20- March 20: Your house price will crash

    And if you all ask me VERY nicely, I’ll tell you exactly what happens to Gordon Brown…

    Merry Christmas

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  • Happy Mondays says:

    The mayans view is that we are about to go a massive change, wether we want to or not it will happen ! It could be everything we see around us coming to a crunch time and the end as we know it (as spock would say) or humans are going to wake up (evolution download) and see the mess we have made of it all !! Can we embrace change ? George monsoon says ! Ehhmmm me thinks not

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  • sold 2 rent 1 says:

    I think the change will be at the “Conscousness” level rather than the physical level.

    Humans communicating and co-operating together is the thing to watch. Look at how fast things have moved in the last 50 years. Radio, telephone, TV, sattellite, mobile phone, internet, texting, email, blogs, instant messaging, social networking sites, open source software development. Next stop Telepathy????

    planning4acrash – I am transmitting images of a pizza now. Can you guess what topping it is?

    Virtual food for thought.

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  • Happy Mondays says:

    s2r1 i think change will be conciousness level rather than a physical level !
    Yes but not without leaving carnage behind, as they say out of destruction comes creation ! I don’t think we will drift into euphoria, i would like to think that we will all be holding hands with our foes skipping through the bluebells singing, but alas, just can’t see it yet !

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  • Well if there’s one obvious change between humans 200 years ago and today, it’s that we have to adapt to change more. Two centuries ago you could dig in the mines or toil the fields your whole life long, never having to do different work and never coming into contact with people other than the same 20-30 faces you saw every day. Today we move homes, change jobs, and meet new people all the time.

    @george monsoon: Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens actually co-existed for some time, despite the latter being far more advanced. Today we see Homo Chav-us coexisting with us too – how long before they disappear?

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  • planning4acrash says:

    S2R, you obviously don’t have the intuition you claim. I am already full of Spaghetti so don’t have space for virtual Pizza, but thanks anyway. 🙂

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  • “can the masses cope with our intellectual prowess?!”

    I could say something lewd and unsavory at this point. S2R1, this graph doesn’t say an awful lot, reeeally. “The apparent recent dropoff is an artefact of the method used”.

    No, what’s far more interesting is that according to the evening papers, Mervyn King has been reappointed!

    Why? Because he has to stay to guide the Northern Rock affair. He must be working for the government – only they could reward ignorance, failure and indifference with a pat on the back and a round of Christmas drinks.

    Amazing but true.

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  • inflation is eating my savings says:

    This is hocum.
    The error in measuring sequences from old DNA is astronomical, plus you only have a few ice preserved ionised samples to base (no pun intended) it on, again minimising the apparent diversity.
    Ignore.

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