Friday, December 10, 2004

Evolution News

A new series on the Science Channel highlights the most important scientific breakthroughs in history. The debut episode chose 10 milestones related to evolution, including the identification of the first dinosaur fossils, the early 19th century; the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, in 1858; and the 2002 discovery of the oldest hominid fossil yet found. More here about this interesting series.

They failed to note the emergence of Ring of Fire's Darwin fish and its spawn in the 1990s.

A new study suggests that the human body evolved to run long distances, and this ability helped us survive and thrive. Around 2 million years ago, early species of the Homo genus developed long, slender legs for greater strides, along with shorter arms, a narrow pelvis, and strong buttocks. Our ancestors also developed a ligament at the base of the skull, to hold the head steady while running, and springy tendons, including the Achilles, that aren't needed for walking, but store and release energy during running. These features allowed humans to run long distances, helping them hunt and scavenge for food over vast areas, researchers from Harvard University and the University reported in Nature.

Apparently evolution passed over Preznit Chimpy who falls off his bicycle, falls off a Segway Scooter, falls off the wagon, and faints when attacked by a pretzel (coughalcoholiccoughcough)