Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Human Evolving

Sugars and spice and Still Evolving, Human Genes Tell New Story both report on A Map of Recent Positive Selection in the Human Genome, a genetic study of the three groupings: East Asians (Han Chinese and Japanese), Europeans (northern and western) and Yoruba (of Africa).

The subject is also explored in an episode of African American Lives.
In fact, because as a species we spent the most time in Africa, the greatest amount of genetic variations are currently found among people living on the African continent -- on a genetic level, an individual of East African ancestry may have more in common with a European than with a West African.

More reading on human evolution:
SURVEY: HUMAN EVOLUTION, The proper study of mankind
Guns, Germs and Steel
Darwin's Dangerous Idea

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