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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Are Human Beings Extinction Proof?

Science has spoken:

The theory that human beings may be extinction-proof has been put forward by a leading anthropologist.

Darren Curnoe, a senior Lecturer at University of New South Wales, made the argument in an article published on academic website on The Conversation.

He advances the theory that comparing historical extinction rates among humans and animals shows how the advent of mass farming some 8,000 years ago fundamentally altered our evolution.

Judging by some of the comments, this is apparently some kind of heresy.

In any case, world-wide clades don't go extinct that often. I think the last time a clade that had ever been world wide went extinct was when multituberculates bit the dust 35 million years ago.

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