A pair of new articles in Nature Genetics acknowledge just how widespread ERV and retrotransposon functionality is.
I had someone ask whether, in a previous post, I meant universal common descent (UCD) or more limited common descent.
In retrospect, where does the evidence stand? Here’s a summary: Venema’s main claims in light of the relevant science.
Some have claimed that for humans the coalescence to one (or first coalescent) does not happen for well over a million years back in time, calling into question the idea of a single-couple human origin.
Venema seems much more interested in pursuing longstanding debates with intelligent design and with certain ID proponents.