Imagine: pet ownership made a formal legal guardianship complete with enforceable fiduciary duties — that is, if we can have pets at all.
Casey Luskin examines a paper which argues that the famous beta-globin pseudogene is functional. Why is this pseudogene famous?
Initially, Ardi was widely called the “oldest human ancestor,” due to its supposed skeletal traits that indicated an early bipedal (upright walking) species.
What happened to the femur? Did the original discoverers hold on to the bones to stonewall an analysis with a conclusion they didn’t like?
If I gave you 15 seconds you could come up with a pat evolutionary just-so story to account for this, speculating on what reproductive advantage it serves.