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Evolutionary Evidence: Muscles Thought To Be Unique To Humans Found In Apes?

The debate between creation and evolution has been around for a very long time. Evidence to support creation has, surprisingly, come from science. This evidence came from an anatomical study that showed that there was musculature that was unique to humans which suggests that humans were created unique rather than the product of evolution. All of that changed recently.

Scientists recently discovered that the musculature previously thought to be unique is actually present, either in the same form or in similar form to the human musculature. This turns the relationship on its head as the evidence that was formerly supporting creation is now on the side of evolution!

Of course, some people insist that the discovery doesn’t prove anything, that parallel creation is possible given that there are other muscles that are common between humans and apes. This does have credence given that even if you follow either creation myths or intelligent design, one can argue that similar movements and functions would require identical or, at the very least, similar musculature.

The evolution versus creation debate has been going on for so long, it is probably one of those debates that everybody has been involved in at some time (next to whether pineapples belong on pizza or not). If this discovery can put an end to that debate, the implications are huge. Practically everything we believe about religion will change if the evolution theory becomes a proven fact!

One thing to remember, however, is that science doesn’t necessarily disprove religion, just what we know about it. In fact, some of history’s greatest scientists have remained religious despite their scientific inclinations. Either way, however, this discovery will change everybody’s perception of evolution and open up further research and investigation.

Where do you stand on the creation versus evolution debate? Do you thing that this recent discovery has any bearing on the debate, or is it just incidental? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter! Check out our contact page and let us know!

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Controlled Loss: Why The Fish Deaths Caused By Hippos Isn’t A Cause For Alarm

When the news hit that a river that was heavily populated by hippos was experiencing mass deaths of the fish that lived there, there was massive panic. People thought that hippos were destructive to the environment and would cause an environmental meltdown. Fortunately, scientists came to the rescue and explained that what was happening wasn’t an environmental disaster. Here are the highlights:

It’s Natural

With all the news about extinctions and mass animal deaths caused by human greed, we forget that animals dying in large numbers is nothing new: there are periodic mass deaths that happen in a regular cycle. The main difference is that these deaths are natural, usually occurring as a means to prevent over population. Think of the Christmas Island crabs. Even without humans, their migrations cause mass deaths.

It Serves A Purpose

The mass deaths of the fish don’t lead to hundreds of dead fish rotting and clogging up the river. The dead fish serve as food to the birds and other animals in the area, such as crocodiles. Life in the African plains is tough, with food and water being in high demand but low supply. The mass deaths of the fish provide food, while ensuring that the rivers aren’t depleted of oxygen due to too many fish.

It Showed Us How Little We Know

The mass fish deaths happened in a very specific river system. What made that river system unique was that it was protected before humans could affect the ecosystem of that river. This means that this is the first time we got to see the workings of an untouched river system. The fact that the deaths came as such a surprise is a clear sign of how much human presence disrupts an ecosystem.

So before you jump onto the “shoot the hippos” bandwagon, remember that while there’s a lot we don’t know about nature, what we do know is that nature has developed a way of balancing itself and maintaining that balance. Always remember that a deeper understanding is necessary before action is taken!

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Stranger Than Fiction: The Sea Nomads Of Southeast Asia

When we think of humans adapting to an environment or ecosystem, we seem to think it’s something restricted to the realm of science fiction or comics. The only time we consider the possibility of adaptation is through artificial means. The truth is, however, naturally occurring adaptation does exist! For our first dive into reality being stranger than fiction, we’ll be talking about the Bajao of Southeast Asia.

Known as the Sea Nomads, the Bajao live practically their entire lives at sea, on boats they use to travel as they pursue their lifestyle as fishermen and divers. While this in itself isn’t unusual, the biology of the Bajao is; they can hold their breath longer than most people and their eyes aren’t affected by salt water to the degree regular people are.

What’s interesting is that these traits aren’t something that’s only present in adult nomads who’ve only been diving for most of their lives; it’s a trait that also appears in the children as well. It has been argued that evolution and adaptation no longer happen regularly and that what we mistake for adaptation is just natural selection, with stronger traits surviving.

The issue with the Bajao, however, is that the traits that have been observed aren’t something that occurs naturally in humans, and given that humans care for their young and ensure their survival, the idea of natural selection doesn’t seem relevant in this case.

Another interesting fact is that the Bajao have larger spleens than average; it’s worth noting that larger spleens are a trait that’s present aquatic and semi-aquatic creatures. This creates an observable and quantifiable link between humans and aquatic creatures; two very distinctly different species.

Are the Bajao unique, or are they just the first observed and studied case of natural adaptation? Do you think there are other adaptations that have already been occurring around the world, and we just haven’t found them yet? What adaptations do you think exist in the world? Let us know!

Biology Science

Evolutionary Evidence: Muscles Thought To Be Unique To Humans Found In Apes?

The debate between creation and evolution has been around for a very long time. Evidence to support creation has, surprisingly, come from science. This evidence came from an anatomical study that showed that there was musculature that was unique to humans which suggests that humans were created unique rather than the product of evolution. All […]

Biology Science

Controlled Loss: Why The Fish Deaths Caused By Hippos Isn’t A Cause For Alarm

When the news hit that a river that was heavily populated by hippos was experiencing mass deaths of the fish that lived there, there was massive panic. People thought that hippos were destructive to the environment and would cause an environmental meltdown. Fortunately, scientists came to the rescue and explained that what was happening wasn’t […]

Biology Science

Stranger Than Fiction: The Sea Nomads Of Southeast Asia

When we think of humans adapting to an environment or ecosystem, we seem to think it’s something restricted to the realm of science fiction or comics. The only time we consider the possibility of adaptation is through artificial means. The truth is, however, naturally occurring adaptation does exist! For our first dive into reality being […]

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