Re: [asa] Fw: What Darwin Didn't Know article by Dr. Fuz Rana

From: D. F. Siemens, Jr. <>
Date: Wed Jan 28 2009 - 17:13:53 EST

On Tue, 27 Jan 2009 18:07:01 -0800 (PST) John Walley
<> writes:
> FYI..
> >
> > Dr. Fuz Rana has a very good article in the latest Charisma
> > magazine entitled What Darwin Didnít
> > Know. Here is the link to it.
> >
> >
> >
There are two matters that I didn't note having comments. The first:
"But some of the most recent advances related to hominid-human
relationships raise questions about evolution's validity. In 1997
fragments of Neanderthal mitochondrial DNA from a 40,000- to
100,000-year-old skeleton were found in West Germany. When scientists
compared them with the corresponding fragment of human DNA, the
researchers discovered that Neanderthals made no contribution to human

What does a lack of contribution from contemporaries have to do with
evolution? The claim is that Homo sapiens, H. neanderthalensis and now H.
floresiensis (?) all share ancestry, not that one is the ancestor of the
others. Since H.s. and H.n. had overlapping ranges, I suggest that some
modern Europeans could still have Neanderthal inheritance. Mitochondrial
DNA is inherited only though the mother. So, if a H.s. male fathered a
son with a H.n. female, and the son fathered offspring with a H.s.
female, there would be no evidence in the mitochondria of the H.n.
genetics, though the chromosomal inheritence might be retained.

The second:
"Scientific consensus confirms that humanity originated about 100,000
years ago in east Africa near the location ascribed to the Garden of

I'll not use the vulgar but appropriate term to describe the claim that
East Africa is the Near East.
Dave (ASA)
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