Dubious procedures like these would be unthinkable in other natural sciences, such as physics.
It looks like 2017 could become some kind of genuine annus horribilis for the established scientific consensus on human evolution.
Independent groups of researchers (e.g., Hössjer et al. 2016), more or less skeptical of common ancestry, have suggested the alternative model of initial heterozygotic diversity.
Not least when it comes to evolutionary biology, science and science reporting could do with more skepticism.