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Michelle

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Michelle asked the Naked Scientists:
   
If we evolved from monkeys then why aren't there partially evolved humans or monkeys?

Wouldn't evolution continue even today if it were so?

What do you think?


 

Offline Chelsie

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Where are the intermediates between apes and humans?
« Reply #1 on: 04/08/2009 13:00:33 »
This questions comes up so often. The number one reason people reject the theory of evolution is because they don't understand the theory.

We did not actually evolve from monkeys and no real scientist would ever declare that we evolved from monkeys. Since this is a VERY common question, I am going to directly quote a source that has already answered it. 

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Humans did not evolve from monkeys. Humans are more closely related to modern apes than to monkeys, but we didn't evolve from apes, either. Humans share a common ancestor with modern African apes, like gorillas and chimpanzees. Scientists believe this common ancestor existed 5 to 8 million years ago. Shortly thereafter, the species diverged into two separate lineages. One of these lineages ultimately evolved into gorillas and chimps, and the other evolved into early human ancestors called hominids.


Since the earliest hominid species diverged from the ancestor we share with modern African apes, 5 to 8 million years ago, there have been at least a dozen different species of these humanlike creatures. Many of these hominid species are close relatives, but not human ancestors. Most went extinct without giving rise to other species. Some of the extinct hominids known today, however, are almost certainly direct ancestors of Homo sapiens. While the total number of species that existed and the relationships among them is still unknown, the picture becomes clearer as new fossils are found. Humans evolved through the same biological processes that govern the evolution of all life on Earth.

Source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/faq/cat02.html [nofollow]
 

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Where are the intermediates between apes and humans?
« Reply #2 on: 04/08/2009 13:11:58 »
Yup

Even biologists said that the evolution of human being from primates was a very huge jump, and evolutionarily speaking, seemed to be impossible...

Only one thing came to my mind:

We came from a small group of super interbreed primates, probably living in an isolated island  :o

Only a highly closed interbreeding can guarantee the preservation of so much genetic evolutionary development, in a very short time...

I think it made much sense. What do you think?
 

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Where are the intermediates between apes and humans?
« Reply #3 on: 04/08/2009 18:32:07 »
Anyone who is interested in genetics should read Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade to get a fascinating, complete answer to this question.
 

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