Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Evolution Is Still Misunderstood

Got this via @David_Bressan

Sigh... even Science gets it wrong here. I am assuming that the lighter colored, hairless and bipedal creatures shown in the figure are all hominins. Evolution is a branching process, that much is correct, but they bungled up the branching order.

Hominins are a group that consists of modern humans, all other extinct Homo and all members of the extinct ancestral taxa Australopithecus, Paranthropus and Ardipithecus to the exclusion of the chimpanzee.  In the branching tree starting from the primary branching node at the top, the left side branch contains some hominins and the chimpanzee. The right side branch contains other hominins. Since the diagram shows the chimpanzee splitting away from within the left side branch, it implies that the left branch hominins are more closely related to chimps than they are to the right branch hominins.

That can't be right!

The correct branching order should have been depicted like this:

Evolution is still misunderstood..

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