Most intriguingly, Luskin answers the question: Is H. naledi a human ancestor?
As an institution, the Smithsonian is zealous for Darwinism.
The mutation rate, generation times, strength of selection versus genetic drift, population sizes, and time available don’t match up.
So far, the find’s pathway reminds me of other hominin fossils whose “transitional” or “ancestral” status ultimately went belly up.
The subject of human origins is a sensitive one, stirring up strong emotions on all sides.
Marcelo Gleiser offers the distinction between four separate epic “ages” of cosmic evolution.
Numerous fossils of a new species of hominin have been found in a nearly inaccessible cave in South Africa.
Evolutionary biologists sometimes try to shoehorn un-human-like fossils into our human-like genus.
The Smithsonian makes a big, heavy-handed, tub-thumping push for Darwinian evolution, unlike New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
When I was a medical student, I liked to go to the medical school library in the evening and browse.