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05-08-2013, 11:44 AM
Cracked.com on Prehistoria
http://www.cracked.com/article_20451_5-d...ieves.html

Interesting layman info here, would be a decent place to send someone who wants to get a brief overview on what we know.

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05-08-2013, 11:57 AM
RE: Cracked.com on Prehistoria
Chas and/or HoC complaining this doesn't belong in the science section in 5.. 4.. 3..

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05-08-2013, 12:14 PM
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(05-08-2013 11:57 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  Chas and/or HoC complaining this doesn't belong in the science section in 5.. 4.. 3..

Quote:#1. The Missing Link Is Still Missing


The Myth:

The puzzle of human evolution is tragically incomplete: One giant, curiously Chewbacca-shaped piece is missing. This halfway-house hybrid between monkey and man is dubbed "the Missing Link," and it's a constant hot potato in evolutionary discussions.


Science's inability to find the missing link has led to all sorts of crazy theories, from Bigfoot insanity to the creationist camp's claims that the lack of this one damn apeman somehow manages to completely disprove evolution.

The Reality:

There are lots and lots of missing links. We've found a bunch of them already, and more are turning up all the time.

Here's how it works: Look at the image below. At which precise point does the color stop being entirely red and become completely blue?



Of course, it's impossible to locate the actual point of change. That's how evolution works, too: It's gradual. People tend to think evolution hops from one stage to another in giant leaps, "March of Progress" style. But the process is actually far less dramatic. Our journey from blobs of primordial slime to people was long and slow, and even the changes that actually include monkey-human hybrid features are decidedly undramatic because they differ so little from the stages we already know about.

The current Big One in the missing link game is the hybrid between two man-apes, the monkey-like Australopithecus and the more human Homo habilis it eventually evolved into. A version of said missing link was found in 2010. Another variation of the theme popped up in 2013, in the shape of some hybrid earbones. These hybrid discoveries are known as transition fossils, and more are discovered all the time. And since the human evolutionary tree features plenty of transitions, anything even remotely connected with it can be (and usually is) touted as "the Missing Link."


A fossilized lemur? Fuck yeah, a missing link! An ancient monkey skeleton? That's another one! It's almost like the true missing link is in the average person's ability to understand how evolution works.



Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_20451_5-d...z2b7TzHlRz

Evolution is top point so it goes to science instead of history but could have been either.

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05-08-2013, 12:29 PM
RE: Cracked.com on Prehistoria
Knew most of it but enjoyed it anyway...

...They forgot to mention that most folks of European decent are part Neanderthal....RTS is a hairy mother fucka.

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