Saturday, December 22, 2007

Are Humans Evolving Faster?

Researchers discovered genetic evidence that human evolution is speeding up – and has not halted or proceeded at a constant rate, as had been thought – indicating that humans on different continents are becoming increasingly different.

“We used a new genomic technology to show that humans are evolving rapidly, and that the pace of change has accelerated a lot in the last 40,000 years, especially since the end of the Ice Age roughly 10,000 years ago,” says research team leader Henry Harpending, a distinguished professor of anthropology at the University of Utah.

If humans are evolving at a faster rate, it must be due to the rapidly changing environment. Hence, those with genes insufficient enough to adapt will be behind in the race - until technology can catch up to meet those needs making the race of survival a more equal one.


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